Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims

Patient on hospital bed - croppedThe effects of clinical negligence can be catastrophic, often having a lasting impact on the affected person’s life. With this in mind, you may be able to start a claim for clinical negligence compensation through Blackwater Law to get the compensation that you deserve.

Experience counts for everything when building the strongest possible case for your claim and at Blackwater Law we have a great team of specialists. Christopher Livingston, Jason Brady and Terry Clark all have a range of experience in the field of no-win, no-fee clinical and medical negligence compensation claims.

Between this team of medical negligence lawyers, there is over 45 years of experience and they have achieved individual case awards of up to £2.9 million. They are all members, litigators and senior litigators approved by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Examples of clinical negligence compensation claims include:

Our approach to medical negligence compensation claims is always professional and personal, dealing with our clients with the utmost care and compassion. We offer exceptional client service, which means you will have direct access to your team when you need it. We will either meet you in person, talk through your case over the phone or by email to discuss your clinical negligence claims in a manner that suits you best. We will always keep you up to date with the progress of your claim and explain the options available to you simply and clearly, so that you can make informed decisions.

If you would like to talk to one of the team to chat through you experiences and assess whether you would like to pursue a medical negligence compensation claim, call us or complete the online contact form and we will get back to you right away.

The initial consultation will be free of charge and we offer our services for clinical negligence claims on a no-win, no-fee basis.

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Clinical Negligence Claims

What is Negligence?
To prove there has been negligence and to bring a successful claim against you, the patient, or other person bringing the claim, has to prove on the balance of probabilities:
1. That the standard of care fell below an acceptable standard measured against a body of medical opinion
2. That the breach of duty or negligence caused or contributed to the injury, loss or damage suffered, and that the patient would not have suffered that injury without the breach

Time Limits For a Claim:
The basic time limit for issuing proceedings is:
3 YEARS from the date of injury/the date the patient knew they had been caused an injury.

It can be longer in some circumstances, including:
• If the patient was a child
• A birth injury which takes longer to notice
• Mentally ill
• There was an interval before the patient realised, or could be expected to know about, the injury

Types of Claims:
• Misdiagnosis
• Surgical Errors
• Death
• Overdose of medication
• Poor treatment resulting in worsening of condition

Who Should You Speak to?
A firm of solicitors bound by the SRA (solicitors regulation authority), with experience of clinical negligence claims and a history of winning cases.

Facts and Figures:
• NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours.
• 60% more operations carries out in 2012/13 (10.595) million than in 2002/03 (6.613 million).
• 2300 hospitals in the UK
14 labelled as failing in the Keogh Report
• Some health experts suggest that around 500 patient deaths every year could be attributable to a lack of knowledge around using intravenous drips correctly
• Mistakes in maternity care account for a third of the £1b a year the NHS has to spend settling medical negligence claims.
• The number of lawsuits involving alleged failings in maternity care shot up by 80% in the five years to 2012/13, obliging the NHS to set aside £482m to cover the costs of those claims.
• A total of 9,143 new clinical claims were reported to the authority in 2011-12, representing a 67 per cent increase form the number reported five years ago
• 16,006 patients or bereaved relatives lodged claims against the health service during 2012/13
• 13,517 compared with 13,517 the previous year a rise of 18.4 per cent.
• In its 2013/14 budget the NHS has set aside a whopping £22.7 billion to cover Medical Negligence liabilities.

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What our clients say…

“Anna Woolf’s persistent nature when dealing with the defendant’s insurance company and encouragement when it came to pursuing the correct amount in compensation was excellent. Once again, a big thank you to Anna and all involved with my case.”

Mr. H, London

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