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MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence, you will need expert lawyers to guide you through the claim process. Please contact us for a free, no obligation, medical negligence consultation to see if we can help you with your case. We will carefully discuss the facts of your case, and provide you with our expert initial advice.

What is medical or clinical negligence?

Medical or clinical negligence is not as simple as a doctor or hospital making a mistake. It is more far reaching, and occurs when a medical professional or organisation failed in their duty of care to a patient, which results in an injury or worsening of a medical condition. It can occur during NHS or private treatment.

Medical negligence can happen to people of all walks of life, and to adults as well as children, and at times when we are least expecting it. For some, medical negligence can result in devastating consequences for the injured person and their family. There are many types of medical negligence, some examples are listed below:-

  • Birthing injuries (to baby or to mum)
  • Substandard A&E treatment
  • Brain injury caused by wrongful management
  • Delayed diagnosis or treatment of bacterial meningitis
  • Amputation caused by poor treatment
  • Wrongful assessment or management of cancer, stroke or brain injury
  • GP negligence
  • Spinal cord damage caused by medical errors
  • Negligent mental health management resulting in suicide or attempted suicide
  • Fatality caused by medical negligence

There are many other forms of medical negligence that are not listed above. If you are not sure whether you have a claim, please get in touch with us and we can help guide you.

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How can making a claim help me?

Sadly, making a claim cannot turn back the clock and take away the injury. Whilst we investigate the case, we will consider whether you may benefit from rehabilitation. We will then look to secure funding from your opponent to pay for the cost of private treatment and care to ensure you have the best chance of getting your life back on track. In appropriate cases it could also mean securing important adaptations to your home, specialist equipment, educational assistance, or even a case manager to assist you.

If a claim is successful, we will recover compensation to reflect the injury, which could include compensation for any physical and / or psychological injury. We will also obtain compensation for any financial losses suffered as a consequence of the injury. Financial compensation could include things such as loss of earnings, the cost of someone caring for you, treatment costs, and indeed any losses that are reasonably linked to the negligence, which includes compensation to cover for your future needs.

Why choose Girlings?

Our team is ranked in the ‘Legal 500’ 2020 listings as recommended lawyers in clinical negligence. Our lawyers are experts in medical / clinical negligence claims, and have many years of experience. We have a track record in securing significant compensation for our successful clients. Our firm holds accreditation with ‘AVMA’ (‘Action Against Medical Accidents’), one of the UK’s leading charity supporting people who have been affected by avoidable harm, promoting patient safety and helping access to justice), as well as many other charitable and non-charitable organisations.

Our first priority is always to act in the best interest of the client. We understand that everyone is an individual and each case is different. This means that our advice will always be bespoke to the client’s individual circumstances and needs.

We have access to a large panel of medical experts who we can instruct to ensure you have the best team possible to advise you along the way.

When you contact us, we will discuss your case sensitively before advising whether we can help you under a ‘no win no fee’ agreement.

What is ‘no win no fee’?

A ‘no win no fee’ agreement is a way to fund a medical negligence, accident or brain injury claim, which enables people to access justice who may otherwise not be able to afford to pay for solicitors’ costs privately.

In a nutshell, under a ‘no win no fee’ agreement, if the claim is not successful then there is nothing to pay towards your solicitors’ costs. If the claim is successful, your solicitors’ costs will be recovered from your opponent, but you will have to pay a percentage out of your compensation as a ‘success fee’. Before you sign up to a ‘no win no fee’ agreement, we will of course explain the full workings of it with you so that you fully understand the full terms and conditions before we start the claims process. We will also assess whether or not the claim can be funded by some other method and answer any questions you may have.

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How long do I have to make a claim?

An injured person usually has 3 years from either the date of the negligence, or from the first date he / she could have know there is a case. However, if the injured person does not have mental capacity or is a child, then the timeframe could be a lot longer. Unfortunately, it is not always straight forward deciding how long a person may have to pursue a claim, so it is usually best to discuss this with us.

How do you start a claim?

Contact us and we can discuss this with you. We can be contacted by telephone (01227 828299), email (personal@girlingspersonalinjury.co.uk), by completing the Contact Form, or by starting a live chat. If you would prefer, you can also write to us; our address is

Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd,
4th Floor,
Newingate House,
16-17 Lower Bridge Street,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT1 2LG.

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