If a medical mistake has affected your life, you don’t simply have to accept it. Our medical negligence solicitors in Birmingham can help you to claim compensation, which can help to ease financial pressures and improve your quality of life.
Understanding clinical negligence
When you seek medical treatment, whether privately or on the NHS, you are owed a duty of care. If you receive substandard care or are subject to a medical mistake which causes injury or harm, you could have a claim for clinical or medical negligence compensation.
If you believe you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, it’s important to seek expert legal advice right away. Call our medical negligence solicitors in Birmingham on freephone 0808 175 8000 to tell us what happened, which medical facility was involved and what your injuries were. We can then gather the evidence necessary to prove that:
- A healthcare professional owed you a duty of care - to look after you and not cause you harm
- The duty of care was breached and this breach caused you harm
- Damage or other losses were the direct or indirect result of the breach
If this can be proven, you could claim compensation for your injuries.
How Slater and Gordon Birmingham can help
Our medical negligence solicitors in Birmingham have extensive experience in claims of all kinds, against the NHS, private medical facilities and other organisations. We’ve successfully handled complaints ranging from minor injuries to the serious, life-changing consequences of medical mistakes.
We can help with compensation claims involving:
Misdiagnosis and delays in diagnosis
Medical misdiagnosis is when there’s a mistake or an unnecessary delay in diagnosing what’s wrong with the patient. In some cases, a delay can cause a treatable condition to significantly worsen or even to become life-threatening. If a condition is misdiagnosed, for example, it’s mistaken for another condition, this can lead to the wrong treatment being administered. You may be given medication that does nothing - while the original condition worsens - or the medication could produce unpleasant side effects.
Mistakes during surgery
Surgical mistakes can cause significant harm to the patient. In most cases, surgery is carried out with the utmost skill, care and attention. However, mistakes do happen. Examples include patients waking up during surgery, instruments being left inside the body or the wrong part of the body being operated on. Surgery requires extreme precision, so even the smallest mistake can cause lasting damage, such as nerve injury, brain damage or spinal injury.
If you’ve experienced a surgical mistake, please don’t hesitate to call our expert medical negligence solicitors in Birmingham on freephone 0808 175 8000 to find out how to claim compensation. You can also start your claim online using our quick contact form.
Failure to warn about the risks of treatment
Healthcare professionals have a duty to provide patients with the information they need to make a considered decision, weighing up the risks and benefits of the treatment options proposed. If you aren’t properly informed about the risks of a treatment (such as surgery) and something goes wrong, you could have a claim for compensation.
A mistake made by a healthcare professional during birth can cause serious harm to both the mother and the baby. Examples include errors when administering pain relief medication or mistakes when carrying out caesarean section procedures. Injuries caused to babies can range from hip dysplasia to cerebral palsy.
Please call our Birmingham medical negligence solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 to find out more about claiming compensation for birth injuries.
Mistakes with dispensing medication
Most medical facilities are fastidious when it comes to administering medication, but mistakes can and do still happen. The wrong medication can be given, or the wrong quantity - both potentially causing side effects, a worsening of a condition or other serious harm. The error is often caused by inaccuracies in the facility’s records or on the patient’s charts.
If you’ve been prescribed the wrong type or dosage of medication, please contact Slater and Gordon Birmingham to start a compensation claim.
Cosmetic surgery mistakes
Cosmetic surgery is just like any other type of surgery. As the patient, you’re owed a duty of care by the healthcare professional that carries out the procedure. You expect a certain standard of skill and competence during your surgery. If you don’t receive this, operations can go wrong. Problems can also develop in the aftercare period following cosmetic surgery, leading to infections and complications. This can constitute medical negligence, and you can start a claim for compensation if you’ve been affected by substandard care.
Dental mistakes are also classed as clinical negligence. Examples include incorrectly fitted and painful dental implants, infections resulting in inadequate hygiene practices during dental procedures and failure to manage gum disease.
No Win, No Fee medical negligence claims
If you’ve been harmed by a medical mistake, you shouldn’t be left out of pocket if you wish to pursue compensation. Because of this, our medical negligence solicitors in Birmingham handle the majority of cases on a No Win, No Fee basis.
These agreements mean that unless you win your case and receive compensation, you won’t pay anything in legal fees. This eliminates the risk of starting a clinical negligence compensation claim, so you can proceed in full confidence. The No Win, No Fee process can also make life just a little easier for those trying to recover from illness or injury caused by a medical mistake.
Our aim is to make claiming compensation as quick, easy and as stress-free as possible. To find out if you could qualify for No Win, No Fee, simply get in touch. Please call our team of medical negligence solicitors in Birmingham on freephone 0808 175 8000 or use our online contact form.