No-one comes lightly to a decision to sue their doctor, whether it’s a GP or a hospital doctor. But if you or a loved one feel that you have been let down by a doctor, and have been injured as a result, you need and deserve proper compensation.
When that happens, it’s vital to get good advice from specialists in medical law. The Clinical Negligence Team have the experience and knowledge to help you decide whether to sue, and how to go about it. Call now for free expert advice.
If you believe that your GP has been negligent, he or she can be sued in their own name. They will be represented by a medical defence organisation, such as the Medical Defence Union or Medical Protection. These organisations are effectively insurers, and will pay compensation if a claim succeeds. If an NHS hospital doctor has been negligent, then the hospital Trust responsible for the hospital in question is sued. If you have gone to see a doctor privately, then again that doctor will be sued in his or her own name, and will have his or her own insurance. But these are technical issues which the CN Team can sort out on your behalf – we won’t worry you with them.
No. We will either act on a “no win no fee” basis, or can get Legal Aid for you, or can use any insurance policy you may have. Either way you won’t have to dip into your own pocket.
The first step is to instruct a firm of solicitors like the CN Team. We will investigate the claim, including a thorough review of all medical records, and get expert advice from independent medical specialists. We won’t start court proceedings straight away, but will do so as and when necessary. Sometimes, when presented with all the facts, the medical defence organisation or NHS Trust will admit negligence without the need to actually sue them. But if negligence is not admitted, and we believe that there is a good case, we will pursue matters through the court, and all the way to a trial if necessary.
That depends on the nature of your injury so it’s a difficult question to answer. Your lawyer will be able to advise you further as your claim progresses.
Simple cases can be “done and dusted” in a year sometimes. More complicated and higher value cases can take a lot longer, especially if the medical defence organisation or NHS Trust fights them. But you can rest assured that the CN Team will not waste any time in getting on with things – we pride ourselves on our efficiency.
The vital thing is to make sure you are using a specialist clinical negligence firm, accredited by the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) as having the expertise and experience to deal with medical negligence claims. The Clinical Negligence Team is fully accredited and highly experienced, with many areas of specialism. You need look no further.
Tracey Furminger, Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence Team, acted for C following a 2 year delay by her GPs to diagnose that she was suffering from acholesteatoma. C suffered with frequent ear infections and increasing problems with her hearing and attended her GP regularly between 2003 and 2008.
Paul Rumley, a Partner in the Clinical Negligence Team, recovered compensation of £32,500 for a young girl when her GP missed a diagnosis of diabetes, leading to a life-threatening coma and serious complications.
Paul Rumley, a Partner in the Clinical Negligence Team, recovered compensation of £327,500 for the family of Mr C, who tragically died following his GP’s failure to advise him that he needed a life-saving vaccination.