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Hospital Negligence Claims
If you have been in hospital and medical staff have failed to deliver the standard of treatment you deserve, the impact on your life can be long-lasting. If you have endured poor treatment or human error as the result of negligence, it is vital you make a claim for compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
The clinical negligence solicitors at JMW are experienced in helping people to make a claim after receiving unacceptable medical treatment in a hospital. We will make professional, considered advice throughout the legal process and aim to put your mind at ease at this difficult time.
To speak to our team about your situation call us on 0345 872 6666 or allow us to call you back at a time that is convenient for you by completing our online enquiry form. We are approachable and sensitive to your circumstances and will offer a free, no-obligation conversation to help you to understand your position and the potential next steps.
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How JMW Can Help
Our solicitors can help you every step of the way when making a claim for hospital negligence. We have particular experience in handling the following types of hospital negligence:
- Delays in treatment
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis
- Neglect from staff
- Mistakes during surgical procedures
- Medication errors
- Failing to carry out scans, X-rays and tests
We have worked with clients who have been treated in both NHS and private hospitals, which means we are well placed to help you to seek justice for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
JMW’s clinical negligence team is headed by Eddie Jones and includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors’ panel and members of the Law Society’s specialist panel for clinical negligence.
Making a Hospital Negligence Claim
Making a claim for hospital negligence compensation is essential for putting right the damage that has been caused by the negligence of a medical professional. By claiming compensation, you are not only better equipped to deal with injuries you have been left with, but you will also be compensated for any other financial losses you have suffered as a result of the mistakes you have endured.
Making a claim will also help to:
- Hold those responsible to account
- Ensure someone says sorry
- Raise awareness
- Ensure lessons are learned
- Protect other patients
What is hospital negligence?
Hospital negligence is defined as negligent medical treatment that has been administered in a hospital setting. Such instances can be incredibly distressing and lead to long-term health issues - and in some cases, death.
A compensation claim for hospital negligence needs to prove that, on the balance of probability:
- Your treatment was carried out negligently, i.e. the care you received fell below standards that are medically acceptable
- The above directly caused your injury
This can be difficult to prove and therefore you will need to speak to an experienced solicitor to establish whether you have a valid claim.
Is there a time limit on hospital negligence claims?
Legal proceedings must be started within three years of the date you first knew, or could reasonably be expected to know, that something had gone wrong with your medical treatment.
Usually, this is quite soon after the operation or treatment has taken place, but occasionally it will not become obvious that an injury has long-term consequences until months or years have passed.
- If the claimant is under 18, the three-year time limit only expires on his/her 21st birthday
- For some people under a legal disability (for example, those who lack mental capacity ), no limitation period applies
- If someone has died because of negligence, the three-year time limit runs from the date of death
These time limits are strictly enforced by the courts and only in exceptional circumstances will a judge exercise discretion to allow a case to be brought “out of time”.
Talk to Us
If you have suffered because of hospital negligence, contact JMW by calling 0345 872 6666 or complete our online contact form. Our clinical negligence lawyers work for clients nationwide and will handle your enquiry without any initial cost or obligation.