We focus on a variety, whether it is traffic accidents, falls or slips. We take in account that personal injury claims have arisen vastly and they carry on arising. There is a significant need of specialist personal injury lawyers who can focus on the case at hand. Here at Proctor and Hobbs we have a dedicated team who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure your case is resolved at the minimalist cost possible. We view medical reports, dive into detail and establish and support facts of the case. We aim to reduce the liability and compensation from you and work on the claimant’s accountability during the accident. A few of what we specialise in are as follows:
- Other people’s negligence
- Poor working conditions
- Unobservant staff
- Defective equipment
- Road traffic accidents
- Clinical negligence
- Medical negligence
Medical and Clinical Negligence
The process for Medical and Clinical Negligence cases varies slightly from the process for Personal Injury claims. In a Medical Negligence case, you, the Claimant, has to prove two things. Firstly, you must prove the healthcare professional was at fault, this means they did not carry out their duties which they reasonably owed to you as responsible healthcare professional. Secondly, you must prove that these actions (or lack of) caused you to be placed in the position you are now. This can sometimes be a difficult task, especially when someone is perhaps suffering from a prolonged illness prior to the negligent acts. However, our experienced medical negligence team are more than suited to dealing with your matter.
What types of Medical Negligence claims do we deal with?
Accident and emergency (A&E) – When the care provided in the A&E results in additional injuries or illnesses due to misinterpretation or mistakes. For example, if there is a broken limb that is missed in the X-ray and you are sent home without the proper care.
Amputation – When medical mistakes lead to the removal of part of or a whole limb.
Anaesthetics – when you suffer pain or injury because of the negligence of an anaesthetist, for example, if you find yourself awake during surgery, anaesthetics are mistakenly injected into your nerves or spine, or you experience brain damage or strokes because your blood pressure wasn’t regulated properly during an operation
Medical misdiagnosis – When a medical professional makes a mistake or fails to pay due care and attention which causes them to diagnose you with another condition or fails to diagnose you at all which leads to further ailments.
Brain injury – When you suffer damage to your brain because of a lack of proper medical care, for example, if mistakes are made during surgery causing the frontal lobe to be damaged.
Birth injury – When a mother or baby is injured during childbirth due to mistakes made by medical staff. In the case of mothers, examples include anaesthetic errors, damage to organs and incorrectly performed episiotomies. Injuries to babies can include but are not limited to cerebral palsy, hip dysplasia and brain injuries.
Nerve injury – when you suffer damage to the nerves as a result of mistakes made by a medical practitioner, for example, if an anaesthetic injection is administered to the spinal region of the body and it severs a nerve, leading to a pinched nerve. Unlike some other injuries, the severity of the damage is less detrimental to the case.
Cancer – when you suffer as a result of a delayed or incorrect diagnosis of cancer
Cosmetic surgery – When a negligent treatment or mistakes lead to injuries, scarring or disease in any cosmetic procedure. Examples of cosmetic procedures include nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), pinning back of the ears (otoplasty), breast enlargements and reductions and cosmetic dentistry such as veneers.
Dental negligence – When negligent treatment by a dentist causes injury. This can also be when a dentist fails to recognise the signs of gum disease or other similar ailments.
Fatal medical negligence – when clinical negligence results in mortality, for example, because of late or missed diagnosis or surgical error.
Spinal injury – When medical mistakes cause injury to the spinal cord which may cause loss of sensation or paralysis. This also includes a failure to diagnose the breaking of vertebrae or the spine itself.
Orthopaedic – When you suffer injuries to your bones, ligaments or joints because of misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or error during surgery.
Medication errors – When you receive an unsuitable prescription advising you to take the wrong medication or medication in the wrong doses which causes injury.
How much will my claim cost me?
Almost every single one of our medical negligence cases will be taken up on a Conditional Fee Agreement which essentially means that if you do not win the case, there is no fee to you. All of the work we undertake will be paid for by the other sides solicitor should you win your case.
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What types of ailments can I claim for?
There is a vast array of ailments that you may be entitled to claim for. Please see the below list in reference to our most common types of claims.
Food poisoning and gastric illness
Slips, trips and falls
Accidents at sea
Skiing and sports injuries
Criminal and sexual assaults
Accidents while working abroad
If you have suffered from any of the above ailments, please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your matter.
Will my claim be dealt with in the UK?
With some cases, it can be a better solution to use a solicitor in the country in which the incident occurred, this is something that we will be better suited to advise you upon after your initial consultation. Generally, most of our claims will be dealt with in the UK.
How much will it cost to put in a claim for compensation?
Generally, it will not cost you a penny out of your own pocket to fund your claim. We will work on a no win, no fee basis. In the legal field, this is called a conditional fee agreement.
How long will my claim take?
This depends on the complexity of the matter at hand. As a general guide, a very simple and clear cut case is not likely to take more than a few months, a complex case may take longer.