Medical Negligence in Norris Green
When we go to hospital, we put our lives in the hands of people we trust. What happens when this trust doesn’t pay off due to negligence?
Medical negligence is a problem plaguing healthcare in Norris Green and the rest of the UK. Some people leave hospital worse off than when they went in, sometimes unable to go to work, pay their bills, or feel their usual selves. This is unacceptable, which is why Wafer Phillips Solicitors work in Norris Green to help those who experience medical negligence.
In 2017/18, NHS Resolution received 10,673 new clinical negligence claims. These are from those who felt they could complain. Not everybody does. At Wafer Phillips Solicitors, we want to make sure everyone can get what they deserve after experiencing medical negligence.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is sometimes called ‘clinical negligence’ or ‘medical malpractice’. It happens when medical staff, including nurses and doctors, fail to meet the accepted standard of care. It can be anything which results in you coming into harm. When we think about medical negligence, things like unnecessary operations, misdiagnosis, or medication errors spring to mind. These are all grounds to make a claim but the list doesn’t stop there.
The accepted legal standard of care is what ascertains whether the medical professional committed malpractice by comparing their actions to how a qualified person in their position should have acted.
How do you know if you’ve been a victim of negligence?
Medical professionals won’t often admit to negligence by themselves. It is up to you to analyse the situation and determine whether you think you have been a victim of medical negligence, then we step in to help. Ask yourself, has a medical professional’s actions (or inaction) caused harm to you? Should they have done something differently to avoid the problems you are now facing? Did anything they did cause concern or worry, or did you overhear them say something you know is wrong? These questions could help you determine whether you need to make a claim.
If you experience any of these things, you and your family/party members should make a written note of them and any injuries or harm you have experienced as a result. When you get in contact with us, we will review on a case-by-case basis, so don’t worry if you think your claim is strange or you are not completely sure who was in the wrong. Our experienced solicitors will guide you through the simple process so you don’t have to worry anymore. Just call 0151 256 7898.
How to make a claim?
If you feel you’re owed compensation because of medical negligence, the first thing you should do is call Wafer Phillips Solicitors on 0151 256 7898. Our solicitors have worked on hundreds of clinical negligence claims and work with the tact and discretion needed to make our partnership simple.
We will analyse your case, understanding the basis of your claim, and what happened, and we will give our legal opinion on whether we think your healthcare provider has committed an offence. Then we get to work on fighting this injustice
No win, no fee
Since 2012, the legal system has undergone sweeping changes meaning our costs are fixed so we are only entitled to a set amount of money for the work we do. This amount is very small. As a result, in order to receive payment, just like other solicitors, we take a proportion of the compensation payment to cover our costs. This is capped at 25%. For example, if you receive £4,000 in compensation, we’ll deduct £1,000 for our work to help you win the case.
We are still a no-win, no fee firm.
Prior to the changes in 2012, if you lost your case in court you would have to pay the defendant’s legal costs. Now, there is no responsibility on you to pay the opposition’s costs unless the court determines you have acted fraudulently during your case. Then, you will be personally liable for the opposition’s fees.
Wafer Phillips Wright works hard in Norris Green and the surrounding areas to ensure we operate honestly and responsibly so you can get the compensation you deserve. No one expects to leave hospital worse off than they went in, and no one should have to. If you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0151 256 7898.