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If you have been left with injuries or a worsening existing condition because of poor medical care, then you may have a medical negligence claim. Our medical negligence solicitors are on hand to provide the help you need.

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What is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence is when you are injured or left with a worsening health condition after receiving poor or substandard medical care. Medical negligence – also known as clinical negligence – is a rare occurrence. But when it happens to you, the effects can be devastating.

Although most healthcare patients will be treated effectively, a small minority end up suffering from clinical negligence. This is when a medical professional makes an avoidable mistake, causing you harm in the form of an injury or illness or a worsening medical condition.

Medical negligence also refers to times when a medical professional or organisation fails in their duty of care, causing you injury or harm. This can include:

  • Failure to diagnose a condition
  • Failure to warn you of the risks of a procedure or treatment
  • Failure to prevent an infection being acquired while under their care

If you’ve suffered an injury or had an existing health condition made worse after clinical treatment, you may have suffered from medical negligence. That means you may be able to make a claim for compensation with the help of our expert medical negligence solicitors.

Types of medical negligence

Just as there are so many issues you might experience when it comes to your health, there are also many forms of medical negligence you may suffer.

Some of the most commons forms include:

Cancer care negligence: A missed, delayed or misdiagnosis of cancer can be life-threatening. If this has happened to you, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence claim.

Care home negligence: If you or a loved one has been harmed or injured while under the protection of a care home, you could have a medical negligence claim.

Childbirth and gynaecology negligence: If you or your baby has come to harm during childbirth, you may have suffered from clinical negligence.

Cosmetic surgery negligence: You are entitled to proper medical care when undergoing cosmetic surgery. So if you have suffered from any form of negligence, you could have a claim.

Dental negligence: Suffering from preventable pain or injury caused by your dentist could mean you’ve suffered dental negligence.

Hospital negligence: Hospitals – and those working in them – can make mistakes. If you’ve suffered an injury or illness caused by hospital negligence, you could be entitled to make a claim.

Mental health negligence: If you or a loved one has suffered from mental or physical harm as a result of substandard mental health care, you could be the victim of negligence.

Misdiagnosis: If you were given the wrong diagnosis or a clinician failed to diagnose your condition, you could have a misdiagnosis claim.

NHS and GP negligence: Whether your injury was caused by the negligence of a GP or NHS specialist, you could be able to make a claim.

Surgery negligence: If you’ve been the victim of a preventable error or negligence before, during or after an operation, you could have a claim for compensation.

Who will I claim against?

You should receive the proper care from the professionals treating you – no matter what organisation they work for.

That’s why it’s possible to make a clinical negligence claim against both the NHS and private healthcare providers.

The NHS broadly does a wonderful job treating patients. But mistakes do happen. In 2019/20, the NHS received 11,682 new medical negligence claims. You may have been the victim of a never event.

These are defined by the NHS as “serious incidents that are entirely preventable because guidance or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national level, and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers”.

When you claim against the NHS, you won’t be claiming directly against your hospital or GP. NHS Resolution is the body that handles claims against the service. This is who you will claim against. If you have suffered from NHS negligence, First4Lawyers could help you make a claim for compensation to help get you back on your feet.

Meanwhile, errors also take place in private healthcare organisations. If you have been the victim of a private hospital or clinician’s error, you could be entitled to compensation.

Private healthcare providers have their own insurers. The insurer will be the organisation you claim against, rather than the doctor or hospital directly.

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How do I make a medical negligence claim?

It’s understandable that you might find the process of making a medical negligence claim daunting. If it’s something you’ve never done before, you may not know where to begin. But that’s what First4Lawyers and our legal experts are here for.

The first thing to do is to give us a call. Our understanding and compassionate claims advisors will take a few details from you to get a sense of what happened and whether you have a medical negligence claim. They will then talk you through the process and what happens from then.

If you do have a claim, our team will match you to one of our expert medical negligence solicitors. They will then take over the management of your claim.

How will I fund my medical negligence claim?

For many people, funding a medical negligence claim is one of the biggest concerns they may have. You may be worried that you will not be able to afford to pay for your solicitor’s services upfront, which could put you off the idea of getting justice for the harm you have suffered.

But in many cases, you don’t need to worry. Solicitors now typically offer a No Win No Fee arrangement – otherwise known as conditional fee agreements – for clinical negligence cases. This was introduced to enable patients who had suffered from malpractice to get the help they needed to recover without facing the stress of funding it all at the start.

A No Win No Fee medical negligence claim will allow you to focus on your recovery and putting together the strongest case possible, instead of the potential impact it would have on your finances.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

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  • In these cases brain damage, if any, will be minimal.
  • Where a good recovery has been made but symptoms such as poor concentration and memory problems continue.
  • Where ability to work is reduced and there is a risk of epilepsy.
  • The injured person is very seriously disabled and is dependent on others.
  • Epilepsy has been caused as a consequence of the injury.
  • Affecting the ability to cope with life and/or work or affecting relationships with family and friends.
  • The injured person largely recovers within two years.
  • Injury causes effects that cause significant disability for the foreseeable future, or permanently.
  • In consequence of defective permanent waving etc. where effects are dermatitis or hair loss leading to distress and effects on social life.
  • Where hair has been pulled out leaving bald patches, or stress-induced alopecia with full recovery within two years.
  • Resulting in pain and temporary interference with vision.
  • Permanent impairment of vision in one or both eyes.
  • Total loss of sight in one eye and reduced vision or other problems with the other eye
  • Total loss of sight in one eye only.
  • Mild tinnitus with some hearing loss
  • With noise induced hearing loss, or moderate to severe tinnitus, or noise induced hearing loss alone.
  • With noise induced hearing loss
  • With or without associated problems such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.
  • With or without the speech being affected, or tinnitus.
  • Full recovery with no surgery required.
  • Where recovery is complete after surgery
  • Injuries requiring a number of operations and/or resulting in permanent damage.
  • Simple fracture of the cheekbone, which will fully recover without surgery.
  • Simple fracture of the cheekbone requiring some reconstructive surgery, but with full recovery and little or no cosmetic effects.
  • Serious fractures causing lasting effects such as burning/prickling sensation or an element of disfigurement.
  • Requiring immobilisation but recovery is complete.
  • Serious injury causing permanent damage, such as difficulty eating or opening the mouth.
  • Very serious multiple fractures requiring prolonged treatment. Permanent effects such as severe pain, restricted eating.
  • Assessed per tooth.
  • Single tooth only.
  • Extends over a number of years, including significant deterioration of overall condition of the teeth.
  • Where full recovery takes place between nine months and one year.
  • Fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and chronic conditions, leading to impaired function or limitation of activities.
  • Injuries usually involving serious fractures or disc damage leading to disability, such as substantial loss of movement or loss of function in one or more limbs.
  • Caused by asbestos
  • Varying levels of respiratory disability and reduced lung function (1-10% and in excess of 10%)
  • Severe pain and impairment of the pleura (lung lining) or the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity), affecting function and quality of life.
  • Causing respiratory disability attributed to asbestos exposure.
  • Causing permanent damage, impairment of function, physical disability and reduction of life expectancy.
  • Such as soft tissue damage causing considerable pain but recovery almost complete within two years.
  • Such as frozen shoulder causing limitation of movement and discomfort for up to two years.
  • Causing pain in shoulder and neck, aching in elbow, weakness of arm and hand.
  • Involving damage to the brachial plexus and resulting in significant disability.
  • Temporary or permanent disability as a result of a fracture.
  • Such as strains, sprains, disc prolapses and soft tissue injuries.
  • Such as disturbances of ligaments and muscles causing backache, or compression fracture.
  • Injuries causing severe pain and disability, including impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
  • Resulting in significant or permanent disability
  • Most elbow injuries such as simple fractures, laceration and tennis elbow, not resulting in permanent damage or impairment.
  • Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disabilty
  • Injuries such as deep lacerations, soft tissue wounds or crush injuries, all recovering within six months.
  • Resulting in impairment of grip or reduced mechanical function. Partial amputations resulting in deformity.
  • Injuries such as a thumb being severed and re-attached, leaving it with little use, amputation of the tip or at the joint of the thumb. Nerve damage or fracture resulting in impaired grip or dexterity.
  • Amputation resulting in very little use and weak grip.
  • Amputation due to crush injuries, or loss of a significant part of the hand due to traumatic injury.
  • Serious injury resulting in extensive damage to both hands, effectively leaving them with little use.
  • Caused by repeated vibration, damage to hands including impaired grip, dexterity and frequent pain.
  • Such as an uncomplicated fracture with full or virtual recovery.
  • Injuries resulting in significant permanent disability, but some useful movement remains.
  • Injuries causing some permanent disability, such as persistent pain and stiffness.
  • Resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example when an arthrodesis has been performed.
  • Such as a broken femur, tibia or fibular
  • Serious fracture or injuries to joints or ligaments, scarring, instability and lengthy treatment required.
  • Fractures where a full recovery is not made.
  • Loss of a leg below the knee
  • Loss of a leg above the knee
  • Both legs being lost above the knee, below the knee, or where one leg has been lost above the knee and the other below.
  • Torn cartilage or meniscus, laceration, twisting and bruising. May be full recovery, or continued aches and pains.
  • Injury or damage causing mild disability or continuing pain, discomfort or limited movement that may require future surgery.
  • Fractures, joint or ligament damage causing constant pain, impairing movement and agility. Requiring prolonged treatment, the injured person will be prone to osteoarthritis.
  • Including fractures where there is full recovery within two years.
  • Significant injury but any permanent disability is not major. Injury may require a hip replacement.
  • Such as extensive fractures resulting in substantial disabilities.
  • Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments.
  • Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity.
  • Fractures to feet resulting in restricted mobility and /or considerable continuing pain.
  • Crush or multiple fractures to two or more toes, resulting in permanent disability.
  • Undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligament injuries.
  • For fractures and ligament tears resulting in moderate disability, such as difficulty walking on uneven ground or on stairs.
  • Injuries involving long periods of treatment, long period in plaster and some permanent disability.

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There are other types of compensation you could be awarded through your accident such as loss of earnings or damage to property. The estimates given here are simply for your personal injury claim.

First4Lawyers' solicitors will be able to give you the best idea of the amount you should expect from your individual injury.

It is important to keep in mind that every case is different and the advice and estimates you'll be given, once your case has started, will be tailored specifically for your case.

Why should I make a medical negligence claim?

Your health is precious. When someone harms that, you are entitled to take action.

It is not just your physical health that takes a knock when you suffer from medical negligence. You may find that your mental health suffers too. After all, you were harmed by a person or organisation that was there to help treat your initial condition.

This breach of trust can have lasting consequences. Getting justice in the form of the compensation you need to help you recover is one way of addressing them.

You may be worried that making a clinical negligence claim will take funding away from the NHS – particularly at a time when it needs it most. But that won’t be the case. The NHS has legal protection in the form of indemnities to cover any potential claims. NHS Resolution exists to handle negligence claims.

Another important reason to make a medical negligence claim is that by doing so, you highlight the problem that caused you harm. This allows the hospital or surgery or clinician to address what went wrong and prevent it happening again to someone else.

How much compensation will I receive?

Every medical claim is different. Your circumstances will be unique to you. That means that is difficult to say with certainty what you might entitled to in compensation. For a general idea, try our compensation calculator. It will help you establish what you might be entitled for a specific injury caused by your experience of medical negligence.

The amount that you’ll be awarded will be split into two categories: general damages and special damages.

General damages are awarded to cover the pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your clinician’s negligence. These damages are intended to compensate for any lifestyle changes you have had to make. This includes not being able to take part in your usual hobbies or sports.

Special damages cover any financial impact you’ve suffered because of an instance of medical negligence. This includes any loss of earnings if you’ve been unable to work or any money you’ve had to spend as part of your recovery from the negligent act, such as mobility aids.

Compensation for the medical negligence you experienced can help you get back in the position you were in before it ever happened. Your health and your future are the most important things. That’s why First4Lawyers wants to help you get what you’re entitled to by law.

How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?

One of the most important things to remember is that you face a deadline when making a medical negligence claim in the UK. In most cases, you will have three years from the date you experienced the negligence to make your claim. This is why you should think about doing so as soon as possible.

But there are exceptions to this rule, which apply to those under the age of 18, those without the mental capacity to claim for themselves and in cases where the effects of the negligence were only discovered later.

To find out more about how long you have to make a claim, just get in touch.

How long will a medical negligence claim take?

Every instance of clinical negligence is unique. That means it can be difficult to say exactly how long it will take to settle your medical negligence claim. Some cases will be concluded in months, while it may take years for more complicated claims to be settled.

If the medical organisation responsible for your injury admits liability, your claim will be settled quicker than if they don’t. If liability is denied, you may end up going to court. And although this is rare, it will extend the claim timeline.

Your solicitor will be able to advise you on how long you can expect your claim to take. They will keep you informed when there are any updates and they will be there to support you through the process.

Will I have to go to court?

We understand that you might be worried about ending up in court. But this is a very unlikely scenario as most medical malpractice claims don’t end up in court.

NHS Resolution’s 2019/20 annual report reveals that just under 27.9% of claims end up being settled with proceedings, but only 0.6% of cases actually make it to trial.

The vast majority – 71.5% – were settled without any proceedings.

If your claim does end up in court, your lawyers will make sure you are fully prepared, giving you the confidence to tell your story and make known what happened to you.

How can I help my medical negligence solicitor?

To help your solicitor put together the best possible case, you will need evidence. You can contribute some of this yourself, while your solicitor will obtain the rest.

One of the most important pieces of evidence in a negligence claim is your medical history. Your records will reveal the treatment you had as a patient, as well as how your health was affected by the negligence. Your solicitor will get your medical records for you and review them in order to identify where the errors were made.

They will also typically arrange for you to attend a medical examination. This will be with an expert doctor, who will be able to assess any injuries or illness you have suffered.

You can also provide photographs or video evidence of your injury, as well as a statement on how it has impacted your life.

Witness statements are also a key piece of evidence. Witnesses can include medical professionals, other patients or those close to you, who have seen how you have been affected.

Aside from evidence, the best thing you can do to help your solicitor is to work with them. Make sure you are responding to any enquiries promptly and providing them with all the information you have. Your co-operation will allow them to present the best case possible.

How can First4Lawyers help?

First4Lawyers has experience in all forms of medical negligence claims. We realise that you and your family are going through a highly distressing time, so our compassionate and understanding claims advisors will do all they can to make it less stressful for you.

We are dedicated to helping people like you, who have been let down by the people they should have been able to trust. We have helped thousands of people get the justice and the compensation they were legally entitled to – including Justin, who received £15,000 for a misdiagnosed broken wrist.

First4Lawyers works with top medical negligence solicitors, who are just as dedicated as we are to helping you right the wrongs that you’ve experienced.

To find out more about how we could help you, just get in touch. Our advisors are here to talk you through your case and make sure you know what your options are. All you have to do is give us a call, request a call back or start your claim online.

You shouldn’t have to go through this on your own.

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Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

Medical Negligence FAQs

What is medical negligence?

The phrase ‘medical negligence’ best describes an incident in which a person has suffered harm or injury at the hands of a medical professional. This term is used for people who have received poor levels of care, or a substandard service from a doctor, dentist or other medical professional.

Medical negligence cases can be a very complex process, which is why we have experts on hand to help you. They are experienced in making claims in this area and know the process and what to expect. Contact us for an informal and confidential chat.

Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care, then you could make a claim for medical negligence and be compensated for the poor level of care you have received.

What’s more, by making a claim, you’re bringing those responsible to justice, and could prevent someone else from receiving similarly poor care in the future.

Medical negligence can be defined as:

  • Poor care received in a hospital
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
  • Substandard operations
  • Being given the wrong prescription medicine

However it happens, medical negligence can be serious and in some cases, even traumatic.

If you’ve received substandard medical care and are unsure if you have a case to make a claim, you can speak to one of our legal experts, who will advise you on whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.

I've been the victim of medical negligence. What should I do?

If you have suffered as a result of medical negligence, it’s important to act as soon as possible to prevent your illness or injury from getting worse over time.

Additionally, it’s important to be compensated for your injuries and your claim could bring those responsible to justice, preventing similar substandard care from affecting someone else.

If you believe you have been the victim of medical negligence, our experts are on hand to advise you on what to do next:

  • You should seek medical advice from a trustworthy medical practitioner and have your injury or illness assessed to determine if you are receiving the right treatment to recover.
  • Contact a legal expert with a background in medical negligence cases. One of our fully qualified and pre-screened solicitors will assess your case and advise whether or not you have a claim.
  • Identify who is at fault for medical negligence. In the vast majority of cases, healthcare professionals such as GPs, doctors and surgeons are responsible for your health and well-being, so if anything goes wrong under their care, then they are at fault.

Recovering from surgery after an illness or injury can be stressful, and we don’t believe that you should suffer further as a result of ill-advice and poor care. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence, then our experts will give you the advice you need to take your case forward.

Whatever the circumstances, you’re within your rights to know for sure if you can make a compensation claim. We will do our very best to take you through the claiming process, so you can concentrate on making a full recovery.  
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Can I claim against my GP?

Yes, you can.

In certain medical negligence cases, the claim is made against the GP, who is insured for these situations.

Common reasons for making claims against GPs include misdiagnosis, poor care and errors with prescription medicine.

Additionally, you can make a claim against GPs who work in either NHS or private practices.

If you feel that you have received substandard care from your GP, if you’ve been misdiagnosed or you’ve received incorrect prescription medicine, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Need more answers? Find more information on our GP or NHS negligence page.

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

All you need to do is contact us.  We will take it from there.

At First4Lawyers, we will always refer your case to solicitors who are experts in dealing with medical negligence claims.

It's then their job to prove you have received sub-standard care, deserving of compensation.  They will work with you throughout the process, keeping you updated as the case progresses to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Need more answers? Our guide on how to file a medical negligence case explains more about what you need to know.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

All hospitals or healthcare providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on how to complain to a private healthcare company.

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

How much compensation am I likely to get?

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be entitled to thousands of pounds.  Amounts are assessed on your individual circumstances, including pain, suffering and any effects on your life in the future.

Our expert solicitors work hard to ensure you get the outcome you deserve. 

You can find examples using our compensation calculator - but amounts will vary depending on your individual situation.

Can I claim against a dentist?

Yes, whether you were treated privately or by the NHS you can make a claim against your dentist if you have sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care.

This can include anything from misdiagnosis, wrong tooth removal, nerve injuries, infection and problems that could eventually lead to oral cancer.

Can I make a No Win No Fee* claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee* arrangements can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee* agreement.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee* agreements in medical negligence cases. 

Is there a time limit for making a medical negligence claim?

Generally the time limit for making a medical negligence claim is three years. So, a court claim must be made within three years of the negligence taking place, or date of knowledge (when you first became aware of it). This also applies if the person has died.

The main exceptions to this rule are where children are concerned, or people of limited mental capacity.

The time limit for children doesn't start until they are 18 and would run out on their 21st birthday.

Where someone lacks the mental capacity to make a claim on their own behalf, the time limit doesn't start until they regain mental capacity. Where the person will never regain mental capacity, there is no time limit, so a claim could be made on their behalf (by a 'Litigation Friend') at any time.

How do you prove medical negligence?

For your case to be successful, we must be able to prove two things:

  1. That you’ve received negligent treatment (known as ‘fault’)
  2. This resulted in an injury or contributed to making an existing condition worse (avoidable harm)

We do this by building a case using statements, medical records, X-rays and expert opinions.

Will I have to go to court?

It’s usually only the more complex medical negligence cases that end up in court.

If yours is one of those cases, we will guide you through the process. It’s really not as intimidating as you might imagine!

Will a claim affect my treatment?

Claims do not affect your right to treatment. But if you suspect you’re not receiving proper care, we can advise you on your rights and whether you should be treated in a different hospital.

Do I have to attend a medical?

You will usually be required to see an expert doctor. They can independently assess the extent of any damage or injury you’ve suffered as a result of negligent treatment.

An expert opinion is an important part of evidence gathering when submitting a medical negligence claim.

Can I claim against the NHS?

Yes. NHS Resolution – or the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) – usually represent the NHS if you make a claim against them. They are a dedicated organisation who have procedures and funds to deal with this type of legal action – often cases are settled before they even go to court.

It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that they only deal with compensation claims. They cannot discipline medical professionals, change medical practices or get apologies on your behalf.

Can I make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child?

Yes, if you are the parent or guardian and the patient is under 18 years of age.

You act as a ‘litigation friend’, which means you are entrusted to act in the child’s best interests. We can then act on your behalf to build a medical negligence case, using our expertise in this area of law to get you the best outcome.

When the child turns 18, if they have not made a claim yet, they have until they’re 21 to begin proceedings.

The court decides how compensation is invested and used until the child is 18, at which point it will then be handed over to them.

How is medical negligence compensation calculated?

The main factors used to consider how much compensation to award are:

  • General damages – the pain, suffering and impact of the injury on the victim’s life
  • Special damages, which include past and future financial losses

Financial losses are anything paid out as a result of the medical negligence injury. That might be buying mobility aids, adapted vehicles, alterations to your home and loss of earnings.

What is an interim payment?

If your medical negligence claim is complex and likely to take a long time to resolve, you might have financial difficulties or unexpected costs.

Where this is the case, you can apply for funds ahead of settlement, in order to provide immediate care or treatment. These payments are called interim payments.

You can only apply for interim payments if the accused party has admitted liability.

Any funds you receive are counted as part of your final compensation – so it’s an advance payment that is taken from the total you get when the claim is finally settled.

What is a personal injury trust?

A personal injury trust – or compensation protection trust – is a legally binding arrangement that allows people who have suffered personal injury or medical negligence to protect the compensation they receive.

One of the benefits is that funds held in a trust are not used in the assessments for means-tested benefits. They can also be useful for managing the funds of anyone with reduced mental capacity.

Our solicitors can advise you further on this.

What is legal expenses insurance?

Sometimes insurance policies, like house insurance, include legal expenses cover. You may be able to use this to pay for a clinical negligence claim. It will probably have a maximum limit for legal costs and other small print, so it’s best to check with a legal specialist to make sure you are adequately covered.

How can I find a medical lawyer near me?

If you’ve suffered any form of medical negligence, a specialist solicitor will help make the process of making a compensation claim a lot more straightforward. First4Lawyers works with a panel of experienced solicitors who can give you the best chance of claiming the maximum compensation.

To find out more about the legal professionals we work with, just get in touch.

Can I call you to discuss my misdiagnosis claim for free?

Absolutely. Our advisors are happy to talk you through your options. You can tell us what happened in your specific circumstances and how it has affected you. Our compassionate and experienced advisors will then be able to help you decide on the best course of action.

Speaking to us doesn’t mean you’re under any obligation to proceed, meaning you’re free to decide your next steps.

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can start your claim online or by calling us on the number at the top of the screen.

After entering a few details into our simple form, one of our advisors will call you back to discuss your claim.

When completing the form, just give a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that we will be able to advise you on the most appropriate next steps for you.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number and an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back. We know it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that scheduled time when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a misdiagnosis claim?

If you’ve been let down by a medical professional, who has informed you that you have – or do not have – a specific illness or injury, you could be eligible to make a misdiagnosis claim.

In the event of a misdiagnosis, you may end up being treated with the wrong drugs or have the wrong procedures carried out, which can cause you to suffer further harm. Making a claim for compensation can help you get back on your feet after a devastating blow such as being misdiagnosed.

Will I have to attend a medical for a misdiagnosis claim?

Yes, in order to provide proof that your injury or illness was caused by being misdiagnosed, you’ll have to have a medical examination.

Can I make a misdiagnosis claim against my GP?

Yes, you can.

In certain medical negligence cases, the claim is made against the GP, who is insured for these situations.

Common reasons for making claims against GPs include misdiagnosis, poor care and errors with prescription medicine.

Additionally, you can make a claim against GPs who work in either NHS or private practices.

If you feel that you have received substandard care from your GP, if you’ve been misdiagnosed or you’ve received incorrect prescription medicine, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Can I claim against a private healthcare provider?

Yes, you can make a claim against both NHS and private healthcare providers. All hospitals and clinics will have insurance to cover compensation for claims.

However, unlike when claiming against the NHS, there is no government body responsible for overseeing private healthcare practices. This means that your specific circumstances will determine which body or department will address any complaints you make.

For more information, see our guide on how to complain about private healthcare.

How long does a misdiagnosis claim take?

Your case is unique. This means there is no telling how long your specific misdiagnosis claim is going to take.

However, as a rough guide, a simple, uncontested claim could take between 18 to 24 months. It could take longer for more complex claims, particularly those that are contested or require court proceedings.

This is why it’s essential to have the help of a qualified and experienced medical negligence lawyer.

Can I make a misdiagnosis claim against a dentist?

If you sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care by your dentist, you could be eligible to make a claim. You can do this whether your dentist worked privately or for the NHS.

This can include anything from misdiagnosis of a dental problem, the removal of the wrong tooth, nerve injuries, infection and problems that could eventually lead to oral cancer.

To find out how much your claim could be worth, visit our misdiagnosis calculator.


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