Derby Clinical Negligence Solicitors
Experienced specialists helping you claim compensation
Our Derby clinical negligence solicitors are highly experienced, having over 20 years of acting for claimants. If a doctor of health professional has provided you with negligent medical treatment, you have the right to compensation. Our team deal with a range of unusual clinical negligence claims, including maxillofacial claims, negligent facial surgery, psychological injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Freeths’ clinical negligence team can advise on inquests, delays in cancer diagnosis, claims relating to loss of vision, sepsis, meningitis, surgical errors, spinal injury, cauda equina cardiac and amputation. Our sensitive, empathetic lawyers also have particular expertise in birth injury claims, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, perineal tears, and fertility claims. Many of our claims for compensation are successful.
Why should I instruct Freeths?
Freeth’s clinical negligence lawyers are friendly, sympathetic and approachable. Our team have vast knowledge and experience in dealing with the full breadth of clinical negligence claims against GPs, hospitals and private practitioners such as surgeons, therapists and dentists. Our lawyers have specialist expertise in key fields including child and adult brain injury, spinal injuries, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, catastrophic injuries and fatal cases. We can handle your claim in a sensitive manner, providing tailored legal advice to suit your individual needs and we have a proven track record in bringing successful claims.
We are highly recommended in both the Chambers and Legal 500 directories across our offices nationwide. Our solicitors are accredited by specialist panels including those of AvMA (Association against Medical Accidents), APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and the Law Society.
We work closely with local and national charities to raise awareness and to support those affected by medical conditions and disabilities. We understand and share the goals if these charities in helping improve early diagnosis and patient care whilst reducing incidents of medical negligence, so that others need not suffer as many of our clients have. We also work and campaign to improve the support, assistance and services for those with often life changing injuries and their families.
What can I claim for?
By bringing a successful medical negligence claim you can secure compensation for both the injuries you or you loved one suffered and the financial expenses and losses you have experienced as a result of the substandard treatment you have received. It may also be possible to obtain an apology and to highlight areas for improvement to prevent the same mistakes being made in future, but these are not remedies that can be ordered by the court if the claim goes to trial.
Our specialist clinical negligence solicitors consistently secure outstanding results for adults, children and their families who have suffered injury due to substandard medical treatment. Whilst no amount of money can ever undo the damage and devastation caused by a serious injury, compensation can make a massive difference to how you manage and seek to overcome the consequences of medical negligence and to improve quality of life.
Compensation is divided into two types of damages:
(i) General damages made up of compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity reflecting the seriousness and duration of the injury, any limitations/restrictions caused by the injury and how it affects you in daily life ; and
(ii) Special damages to cover the financial consequences of your injury including expenses incurred, the costs of any medical treatment, therapies, care, assistance or equipment you require, loss of earnings and any other financial losses flowing from the injury caused by the substandard treatment. The amount of compensation you will receive if the claim is successful depends onthe nature and severity of your injuries and the extent of the financial losses that have and will be incurred as a result .The principle behind compensation is to try so far as possible to put you in the position you would have been in had you not received substandard treatment.
How long does it take?
The length of a claim depends on a number of factors, including whether admissions are made by the defendant, whether liability or causation is admitted, and the complexity and severity of the injury. In cases where admissions are made and liability is admitted it is often possible to resolve the claim in a shorter time frame. However, it is necessary to have a clear and firm prognosis and to be able to understand the impact of your injury in order to value the claim. In some cases, particularly those involving children, it may be necessary to wait until they are old enough for the implications to be accurately assessed. In cases which are likely to take longer to value, we look wherever possible to secure interim payments of compensation for our clients to help meet shorter term needs.
Will the claim affect my treatment?
No, your claim should not affect you treatment. Gps, hospitals and other medical professionals do not have the right to refuse treating you simply because you are bringing a claim against them. In practice, however you may feel more comfortable in seeking an alternative healthcare provider or even requesting different doctor or specialist rather than placing your trust in a person or hospital that has already let you down.
Is there a time limit for bringing a claim?
Yes, strict time limits apply when bringing a claim. Failure to issue court proceedings within these limits could result in your claim being time-barred and you may lose the right to claim compensation.
To bring a clinical negligence claim in England or Wales you must issue proceedings in the high court or the county court against the defendant(s) within 3 years of your “date of knowledge”. This is the date when a reasonable person in your situation would first have had knowledge that:
- That your injury was significant
- That your injury was either totally or partly caused by an act (or a failure to act) which you believe was negligent
- Of the identity of the person (or organisation) who you believe was negligent
In the case of a child, the time limit does not begin to run until they reach maturity. Proceedings must therefore be issued within three years of 18th birthday (i.e. before they turn 21 years old).
The three year period will not start to run if the person does not have mental capacity to bring a legal claim. Therefore in cases where the claimant lacks mental capacity at the time of the alleged negligence the time limit will not apply unless they regain capacity.
We always take into account the impact a medical mistake, injury or misdiagnosis has on a client. Our clinical negligence lawyers work exclusively with these types of claims, so you can trust their experience. Freeths will work tirelessly to provide you with support; bringing you the compensation you need.
Compensation could mean additional care or treatment, or replacing your lost earnings. Using our knowledge to give advice tailored to you, we can help you to get your life back on track quickly.
Why Choose our Derby Clinical Negligence Solicitors
- Our specialist team have advised on clinical negligence claims for over 20 years
- You can rely on our clinical negligence solicitors to be approachable and sympathetic
- Fund your claim through insurance or conditional fee (no win no fee) arrangements
- We will listen to your needs and explain complex processes in plain English
- Our lawyers are rated by legal guides and are members of AvMA and APIL
Karen Reynolds – Clinical Negligence Solicitor based in Derby
Karen Reynolds is a Partner based at our Derby office, heading up their clinical negligence team. She has over 20 years’ experience and specialises in claims involving profound brain injuries. Karen helps to get the compensation necessary to provide people with support, equipment and accommodation. She is praised for her direct approach and her ability to explain complex medical jargon in times of stress.
Also in the team are solicitors Claire Cooper and Naomi Solomon. Claire has previous experience in personal injury law and is praised as being approachable, patient and sympathetic. Naomi specialises in birth injury cases; some involving post-traumatic stress disorder and psychological trauma to birth mothers.
Examples of Clinical Negligence cases in Derby
- Karen achieved a £3.5 million payout comprising of a lump sum together with yearly payments for life for a young woman who had most of her bowel removed as a result of the Defendant’s negligence. They had failed to appropriately diagnose and treat her bowel obstruction. The money will go to providing for her future care, suitable accommodation and aids and equipment.
- Claire achieved a £32,500 settlement for a child who had suffered permanent damage, ongoing pain and tissue loss to her ear. This was following a bandage being wrapped too tightly and negligent aftercare following surgery leading to necrosis of the tissue.
- Naomi is representing a large number of clients who have received orbital or jaw surgery but continue to suffer with cosmetic deformities or functional difficulties. She has received admissions on a number of her cases and is moving forward with quantification investigations in order to settle claims.
For further information about our Derby clinical negligence solicitors, please contact Karen Reynolds, Partner, on 0845 272 5677 or submit a secure enquiry form.
“Karen Reynolds is well respected for her ‘straight-talking and likeable manner with clients’. She focuses on obstetrics, gynaecology and cerebral palsy claims.”
“Just a huge thanks for all your help and support. It’s been a difficult few years. The award has helped us bring closure and some comfort. Thank you!”
“Naomi did an excellent job and kept a very difficult client calm and reassured. A big thank you to her for all her work and support.”
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