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Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence Solicitors
Medical Negligence Solicitors

Medical Negligence Claims

Medical Negligence takes place when a medical professional makes a mistake or fails in their duty of care to you, causing you injury, harm or loss.  This fault can take place at any time when you are receiving medical attention, from attending consultations to aftercare following surgery.  The negligence can happen in a number of ways, such as incorrect treatment being provided, misdiagnosis and surgical mistakes.

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Proving Medical Negligence

Medical professionals from Doctors to Nurses to Dentists can be found responsible for negligence in their treatment of you.  

Most medical treatment in Northern Ireland is of a very high standard, but unfortunately unsatisfactory treatment and care of patients by medical professionals does happen.  It is key that when this happens the injured patient knows their rights and how they can take a claim and be compensated for their loss and injury. 

In order to bring a successful medical negligence claim you need to prove both of the following:

Fault

First of all you have to prove that the medical professional was at fault in their treatment of you.  This means that the level of care they provided to you was below the standard of care expected from a skillful and competent professional, that you were not treated in a way that would be considered reasonable.  To prove fault you have to show that a similarly qualified medical professional would not have made the same mistake and would have provided a higher standard of care.

Causation

Proving the medical professional was at fault and breached their duty of care to you is not enough to be successful with a medical negligence claim.  In addition you have to prove that the injury you have suffered was caused by the fault of the medical professional.  You have to show that it was the negligence of the medical professional that has caused your injury or harm, as opposed to it being the case that you would have suffered that injury anyway even if the duty of care to you was not breached. 

How can I make a Medical Negligence claim?

The first step is to contact our expert Medical Negligence team by ringing us on 028 90 36 5595 or contacting us here law@sgmurphysolicitors.com .We can provide you with a free and no obligation initial consultation, where we will be able to advise you if we think you have a case for a medical negligence claim.  We also will inform you of the steps that will need to be taken to bring your claim to a successful conclusion.  We will take details from you about the treatment you received and the impact it has had on your life.

Once your Medical Negligence claim has been accepted by our team, the next step is to obtain medical records and documentation.  In addition we will take a full and detailed statement from you.  Next expert opinion is normally necessary to confirm breach of duty and causation.

Your claim will be submitted to the defendant.  If they admit that they are at fault, then normally we will then start negotiating with them to obtain suitable compensation for you.  If the defendant will not accept that they are at fault or are not willing to propose a suitable compensation offer then we would normally advise that court proceedings be issued against the defendant, so that the court can determine the liability of the defendant and what compensation you may be entitled to.

 

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Medical Negligence
Steps

How a Medical Negligence claim works

1. Initial Free Consultation

Speak to us, free of charge.  Our team of experts will advise you if you have a case and what the next steps are.  They will also advise you if Legal Aid or alternative funding may be available.

2. Evaluate

A full and detailed statement is taken from you and your medical records and documentation are requested.  In addition medical evidence is obtained.  

3. Present claim to Defendant

Once supportive medical evidence is obtained, your claim is submitted to the defendant and we invite them to accept they are at fault and negotiate with us, so that you can be fairly compensated.   

4. Issue Proceedings

If a suitable offer of compensation is not made by the defendant, then having fully advised you of the merits of your claim, the next step to progress your case is to issue court proceedings.

4. Conclusion

Even if court proceedings have been issued, claims are often settled before reaching a court hearing.  If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached and your case has to go to hearing, we will provide you with the support, advice and information you need to feel as comfortable as possible.

What compensation may I be entitled to?

The type and amount of compensation you are entitled to will differ from claim to claim, but in general there are two main elements to what compensation may be due to you. 

The first element is called general damages, which compensates you for the pain and suffering that you have endured due to the negligence.  The level of compensation you receive for this element will depend on how severe your illness or injury is that was caused by the medical professional’s fault.

The second element is called special damages, which aims to compensate you for any out of pocket losses or expenses you have suffered.  This can include losses and expenses such as, loss of earnings, medical expenses and travel expenses.

Are there time limits to bring a Medical Negligence claim?

You normally have to start a medical negligence claim in court within three years of receiving negligent treatment or three years from the date you found out that you were treated negligently.  There are two exceptions to this time limit:

  1. If a person under 18 receives negligent care, then they have up until their 21st birthday to issue a claim.
  2. If an injured person suffers from lack of mental capacity then no time limit applies, unless they regain mental capacity in which case the three year time limit applies from the date they regained capacity.   

Can I obtain Legal Aid for my Medical Negligence claim?

Legal Aid may be available for your Medical Negligence claim.  During our Free initial consultation we will advise you as to whether you may be eligible for legal aid or any alternative funding arrangements.

How long does a Medical Negligence claim take?

Each claim is different and depends on a number of things, such as whether the defendant accepts they were at fault and the severity of your injury.  We aim to try and settle your claim within a few months of obtaining your medical evidence, but more complex cases can take a number of years.  

Private

We treat all of our files with the strictest confidentiality, meaning your claim always remains private.

Results

You deserve to be fully compensated for any Medical Negligence you have suffered. We focus therefore on achieving results that we can be proud of and you satisfied with

We Take Care

We understand how emotionally challenging and stressful a Medical Negligence claim can be, we ensure therefore that you receive the support, communication and help you need to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Are there time limits to bring a Medical Negligence claim?

You normally have to start a medical negligence claim in court within three years of receiving negligent treatment or three years from the date you found out that you were treated negligently.  There are two exceptions to this time limit:

  1. If a person under 18 receives negligent care, then they have up until their 21st birthday to issue a claim.
  2. If an injured person suffers from lack of mental capacity then no time limit applies, unless they regain mental capacity in which case the three year time limit applies from the date they regained capacity. 

Can I obtain Legal Aid for my Medical Negligence claim?

Legal Aid may be available for your Medical Negligence claim depending on your financial circumstances and the merits of your case.  During our Free initial consultation we will advise you as to whether you may be eligible for legal aid or any alternative funding arrangements.

What types of Medical Negligence claims do you do?

Some of the Medical Negligence claims that SG Murphy Solicitors can assist you with include:


Accident & Emergency (A&E) claims

Birth related claims

Cancer misdiagnosis claims

Care home neglect negligence claims


Cerebral Palsy claims

Cosmetic Surgery Medical Negligence claims

Defective products negligence claims

Dental negligence claims


Dr Watt Belfast Trust negligence claims 

Eye injury negligence claims

Ear, nose, throat negligence claims

Fatal claims


GP Negligence claims

Gynaecology/urology negligence claims

Hospital Negligence claims

Meningitis claims 


Misdiagnosis claims

NHS negligence claims

Pharmacy negligence claims

Pregnancy related negligence claims


Pressure sore claims

Serious birth injury negligence claims

Surgical errors negligence claims

Surgical Mesh implants claims

 

Contact us now on …. to speak to an expert Medical Negligence solicitor to discuss your claim. 

How much compensation will I receive with a Medical Negligence claim?

The type and amount of compensation you are entitled to will differ from claim to claim, but in general there are two main elements to what compensation may be due to you. 

The first element is called general damages, which compensates you for the pain and suffering that you have endured due to the negligence.  The level of compensation you receive for this element will depend on how severe your illness or injury is that was caused by the medical professional’s fault.

The second element is called special damages, which aims to compensate you for any out of pocket losses or expenses you have suffered.  This can include losses and expenses such as, loss of earnings, medical expenses and travel expenses.

The aim in any award or settlement is to put you in the same financial position as if the negligence never happened.  Obviously financial compensation can never fully compensate you for the emotional and physical suffering and harm medical negligence can cause you but a compensation award/settlement attempts as much as possible to do that.  

How can I start a claim with SG Murphy Solicitors?

To book your free initial consultation with a specialised solicitor at SG Murphy Solicitors contact us now on 028 90 36 5595 or via email at law@sgmurphysolicitors.com.  

Do not delay as there are strict time limits to start a Medical Negligence claim. 

Famous Medical Negligence and Malpractice cases

Here we discuss some famous Medical Negligence and Malpractice cases from the very first recorded case to recent medical negligence claims taken by celebrities.
Everad v Hoskins

This case dates all the way back to 1164 and is one of the earliest recorded medical negligence claims.  In this claim a servant and his master were awarded damages from a physician for “unwholesome medicine”

 
Julie Andrews

The famous actress and Singer, most widely known for The Sound of Music, had a throat operation in 1997 to remove non cancerous nodules.  The operation however left Andrews with permanent vocal chord damage leaving her unable to continue singing at a professional level.

Andrews issued a claim against the hospital were she received the treatment and against the two doctors involved.  A confidential settlement was reached between the patrties.

 

Dennis Quaid

The famous actor and his wife had new born twins in 2007, who when two weeks old developed staph infections and were taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital where they were given treatment with Heparin, a blood thinning medication.  The wrong dosage was given to the children, being 1000 times over what they should have received, leaving the babies vulnerable to extreme internal bleeding.  The children fortunately made a full recovery.  A settlement was reached between the hospital and the Quaids of $750,000.

 

Michael Jackson 

Michael Jackson tragically died on the 25 June 2009 due to side effects of a cocktail of drugs that were in his system, including Propofol, a powerful anaesthetic.  These drugs were prescribed by his in-house doctor Dr Conrad Murray.

Following Jackson’s death Dr Murray was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.  At trial he was found guilty, sentenced to 4 years in prison and ordered to pay the Jackson family 100 million dollars.

 

Your Medical Negligence claim may not attract the level of interest and publicity as the above cases but is equally just as serious and deserving of attention and full investigation.  

That is why at McCann Law we will ensure that our full attention and resources are directed at your claim to ensure you get the justice and compensation you deserve. 

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