SOLVING PERSONAL LEGAL MATTERS
Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, can have life-changing and sometimes fatal consequences. While suffering injury or harm from medical negligence is rare, it does happen. At Forbes Solicitors, we believe those that have suffered, due to medical practitioners not delivering a high enough standard of service, deserve justice. If you think you or a loved one has experienced injury or harm from clinical negligence, then contact our friendly and compassionate clinical negligence solicitors in Leeds for a free consultation today on 0800 037 4625 or send us a message!
At Forbes Solicitors, we have experience of working with high profile complex cases, as well as more straight forward ones. We are proud that our medical negligence solicitors actively support AVMA, a charity which campaigns for patient safety and justice. Leonie Millard, has been shortlisted for Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year at the Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in both 2017 and 2018.
Medical negligence cases can be complex, and can take time. To get the ball rolling on your medical negligence case, the first thing you need to do is contact our expert medical negligence solicitors. Once it has been established that you have a claim, we will set out to prove two things:
Liability: this means proving that serious errors were made that should not have been made by a competent medical practitioner
Causation: also known as avoidable harm. This means that the errors made have caused injury and suffering, which would not have happened if the errors had not been made.
The evidence gathered to prove the above can include a medical examination from an independent doctor, statements, expert opinion and medical witnesses, amongst others. It is highly unlikely that your case will go to court, however, if your case goes to trial, we will be with you every step of the way with support and expert legal knowledge.
We have worked on a number of cases that have resulted in substantial payouts for victims who have unfortunately received negligent care by health professionals. One such case includes a little girl called Leona, who suffered severe brain injuries during birth. We managed to secure Leona and her family lifelong support, and our solicitors continue to be involved with the family as a court-appointed deputy to oversee the use of the funds they received in compensation. This means Leona's family were able to purchase and fit out a house that works for Leona's complex needs and helped to bring the family together. Find out more about Leona's story here. Our most recently concluded birth injury claim was the widely reported case that resulted in a £9.3 million pound pay out for the Infant Claimant.
It is possible to sue for medical negligence, so long as you have suffered injury or harm due to the errors made by a medical professional or institution. It is possible to bring a clinical negligence claim against both the NHS and a private medical facility or practitioner.
How long a medical negligence claim will take will depend on the individual case and its complexities and whether the case is disputed and goes to trial. As a rough guide, a case that is not contested will take between 18 months to two years, while a complex case or a case that goes to trial can take from three years to six years to complete.
The law surrounding clinical negligence is complex. A specialist clinical negligence solicitor will be able to help you ensure you have all the right evidence and they will have expert knowledge on the legal aspect and how much compensation to ask for, depending on your circumstances. Also, be aware that the institution or person you are bringing the case against will almost certainly have a specialist medical negligence lawyer helping them.
Funding legal action for a medical negligence claim is easier than you think. Some claims may qualify for legal aid, now called Legal Service Commission Funding. Forbes Solicitors are one of a very small number of solicitors who has the right to apply for funding from the Legal Aid Agency Clinical Negligence Franchise. We can also take on your claim on a no win, no fee basis or we can work on an hourly rate. When you instruct us, there will be no hidden costs and we will be upfront with you with all our fees.