Medical Negligence Compensation

When Medical Care goes Wrong

Simpson Millar LLP's solicitors know only too well that:

  • thousands of people have suffered due to Medical Negligence (also known as Clinical Negligence) in the UK, and that
  • there are approximately 850,000 medical accidents in UK hospitals each year, half of which could have been avoided (source: Department of Health)
Medical negligence compensation claims advice

If you have suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of a health professional you may be entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

Types of medical negligence compensation claims

We have made successful claims for clients in a variety of areas which include:

Medical negligence compensation advice

Medical Negligence is a highly specialist area of law and we would advise you to:

  • instruct an experienced medical negligence solicitor as the doctor/health authority will have a team of specialist advisers in place to represent them
  • Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors employ some of the UK’s leading Medical Negligence advisers
  • our specialist Medical Negligence Team has recovered millions of pounds in compensation for victims of Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence Compensation Claims - What has to be proven?

To make a successful medical negligence compensation claim the law requires you to prove:

  • the standard of care you received fell below that of a reasonably competent health care professional in the relevant area of medicine, and
  • you have suffered a physical or mental injury as a direct result of that action or inaction

Before making a medical negligence compensation claim we will talk to you about the NHS Complaints procedure as it may be necessary for you to submit a complaint before pursuing a compensation claim. We can advise you on the procedure and review the outcome of a complaint.

If you feel that you, a member of your family, a friend or colleague are a victim of Medical Negligence why not call us now for a free consultation with one of our specialist solicitors on freephone: 0808 129 3320?

The costs

Funding the claim:

  • legal Aid - also known as Public Funding
  • legal expenses insurance, and
  • conditional fee agreements are available in some cases

We have a Legal Aid Franchise which means that we have been approved to carry out this work by the Legal Services Commission, one of only a small number of firms to have this specialism. We can make an immediate application for Legal Aid (subject to financial eligibility).

Time limits

Strict time limits apply for making claims so you should not delay in seeking professional advice.

  • Statutory limitation period of 3 years – running either from the date of the incident or from the “date of knowledge”
    • If the date of knowledge is unidentifiable, assume that the 3 year period runs from the date of the incident

The limitation period may in certain cases extend to:

  • If an injured person suffers from a temporary mental disability then time does not start to run until mental capacity has returned
  • Those aged under 18 years, the 3 year period does not start running until their 18th birthday
  • If settlement of the claim is not reached or application for legal action for damages issued to the Courts by the eve of the 21st birthday then the opportunity to claim compensation is lost unless the minor suffers mental incapacity

Although the Courts have wider powers to alter the time limits, it is not often that the discretion is exercised.

What compensation can I claim?

Medical negligence compensation claims include:

  • pain and suffering
  • loss of past and future earnings
  • cost of care and assistance
  • prescription charges and medical fees
  • cost of assistance for household chores
  • travelling expenses
  • adapted accommodation and transport
  • out of pocket expenses
  • special care aids and appliances

Our specialist medical negligence compensation solicitors, (also members of the Law Society’s Medical Negligence Panel and AVMA Solicitors Referral Panel) can help you. We will listen to you carefully and sympathetically and provide you with the very best legal advice regarding your medical negligence compensation claim.

Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors has offices throughout England and Wales and you will be referred to your local office for advice.

Jurisdiction (Location)

Please note: If your complaint relates to a hospital in Scotland or Ireland this will fall outside of our jurisdiction and we advise you to contact a local solicitor, however if you now live in Scotland or Ireland and your complaint is regarding a hospital in England or Wales we will be more than happy to assist you.

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Recommendation:

Peter Stefanovic is a key contact at Simpson Millar LLP.
Handling a wide range of clinical negligence cases, with a particular focus on cerebral palsy-related claims.

The ‘hugely experienced and capable’ Neil Fearn leads the team at Simpson Millar LLP, which is known for obstetric claims involving brain trauma.
Legal 500 2015

Recommendations:

Simpson Millar LLP’s ‘dedicated and tenacious' Neil Fearn leads a team particularly known for its work in obstetric claims leading to neurological trauma. "They combine great humanity and great application. They're a delight to work with, because they put the quality of their own internal education and the quality of their product first, before they start counting the pennies."
Chambers & Partners 2015

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