We all need medical attention from time to time, meaning we have to put our trust in the doctors, nurses and other clinical professionals who provide us with advice and treatment. If they make mistakes, it can be devastating for our health and wellbeing, as well as for our loved ones who are so often affected as well.
If your health, or that of a loved one, has been harmed due to negligent medical treatment, claiming compensation can be the only way to get the help and support you need to rebuild your life. A successful claim can pay for private medical treatment, replace lost income and cover other financial consequences, as well as compensating you for your pain, suffering and any other impact on your life.
Our medical negligence solicitors have been helping people to claim compensation for clinical errors for many years. We provide compassionate, pragmatic advice and practical support, allowing you to secure the best available settlement as quickly and as possible with minimal stress and hassle.
We provide a free initial assessment for your claim so we can get a clear understanding of your situation, advise you on the strength of your claim and how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Where we believe your situation merits further investigation, we will explain the claims process in plain English, including an indication of how long it may take to secure a settlement and the likely costs involved. We will also discuss how to fund your claim, including whether we feel a “No Win, No Fee” agreement will be appropriate.
You will then have all the information you need to decide how you want to move forward with complete confidence.
Our medical negligence claims service in Stafford & Rugeley
We can help you with all types of medical negligence claims, including:
- Late diagnosis and misdiagnosis claims
- Surgical error claims
- Birth injury claims
- Cancer misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or treatment
- Dental injury claims
- Cosmetic surgery compensation claims
- Hospital infections including MRSA and post-surgical infections
- Prescription error claims
To find out more about we can help you with your medical negligence claim, please get in touch.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claims FAQs
What is medical negligence?
For the medical care you received to be considered negligent, we will need to prove two main points:
- That serious errors were made in your treatment such that the standard of care you received fell below medically acceptable levels.
- That this led to a worse outcome for your health and wellbeing than could have been achieved with competent treatment.
What are the time limits for medical negligence claims?
You will usually have 3 years to claim compensation for medical negligence. This time limit will either be counted from when you received the treatment or when you discovered errors had been made if this was later.,
However, there are various exceptions to the standard 3-year time limit for medical negligence claims, including:
When the patient is under 18 – Their parents or guardians will have until the claimant turns 18 to make a claim. If this has not been done, then once the claimant turns 18, they will be able to bring their own claim up until their 21st birthday.
When the patient lacks the mental capacity to make a claim – There is normally no time limit for someone else to bring a claim for them.
When the patient has died – The representative of the estate will usually have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.
How does a no win, no fee medical negligence claim work?
Also known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’, a no win, no fee deal means:
- You will not need to pay anything up front to start a claim
- You will only need to cover your legal fees if your claim succeeds
- Your legal fees will be based on a percentage of the settlement won
This means there is no financial risk to starting a medical negligence claim and you do not risk the fees outweighing the settlement secured. As the fees are often recoverable from the defendant, you may not need to pay our legal costs even if your claim succeeds.
Why choose Pickering & Butters medical negligence solicitors in Stafford & Rugeley?
Pickering & Butters is accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury law, reflecting our expertise in pursuing all types of personal injury compensation claims for our clients. Our solicitors are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
We aim to provide a convenient modern legal service using the latest technology to keep you up-to-date with the progress of your claims and answer any questions you have quickly and efficiently.
Our medical negligence solicitors regularly work with people from all backgrounds, achieving fair settlements under even the most challenging circumstances. In most cases we can resolve claims out of court, making the process faster, less expensive and less stressful for you.
Contact our medical negligence solicitors in Rugeley and Stafford
For a free initial assessment and to find out whether we can represent you on a no win, no fee basis, please get in touch.