Leicester Clinical Negligence Solicitors
Experienced specialists helping you claim compensation
Our Leicester clinical negligence solicitors offer over 25 years of experience in helping to bring compensation claims. If you have had negligent medical treatment by a doctor or health professional, it’s your right to claim compensation. We deal with a range of clinical negligence cases, including misdiagnosis of cancer and epilepsy, surgical claims, sepsis, accident and emergency claims, diabetes, and GP claims.
Freeths have a particular specialism in complex birth injury claims. They can carefully advise on cases involving cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, Erb’s palsy, perineal tears and gynaecological claims, and stillbirth. We are renowned for having many successful claims each year, and you can rely on our lawyers to be sensitive and approachable. Our specialist solicitors can also assist with fatal claims and inquests.
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 on the 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.
You can rely on Freeths to understand the impact a medical misdiagnosis, mistake or injury has on a person. We work exclusively in clinical negligence, so our team has a wealth of specialist knowledge. By working tirelessly, we can provide you with support and bring you the maximum compensation you need.
Our expert team will help you to get your life back on track and provide you with tailored advice. Compensation may include providing additional treatment or care, or replacing lost earnings.
Why Choose our Leicester Clinical Negligence Solicitors
- Our specialist team have advised on clinical negligence claims for over 25 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
- We have experience in handling group actions including Leicester Cervical Smear group action, Leicester Epilepsy group action and currently Leicester Maxillofacial group action
Jane Williams – Clinical Negligence Solicitors based in Leicester
Jane Williams is a Partner and our Head of Clinical Negligence. She has more than 24 years’ experience of bringing clinical negligence claims, with a focus on maximum severity cases. Jane deals with spinal, neurological and birth injury claims, alongside misdiagnoses of cancer and epilepsy claims. She is renowned for her friendly and sympathetic approach, and is listed as a “Leading Individual” by Chambers & Partners.
Gemma Bedford is an Associate in the team. She deals with all types of cases, but specialises in representing children with cerebral palsy and in representing families in fatal cases involving sepsis. Qualified Solicitors Alicia Gill and Lucy Habgood are also on hand to cover many aspects of clinical negligence.
Examples of Clinical Negligence cases in Leicester
- Assisted in successfully achieving settlement prior to trial on behalf of a client whose wife sadly died following a failure in diagnosing cervical cancer. The settlement awarded was £450,000.
- Achieved a lump sum settlement of £3.5 million for a 40 year old woman who suffered damage during spinal surgery at a private hospital and for all practical purposes became confined to a wheelchair and continued to suffer severe pain.
- Obtained an out of Court award of £175,000 for a woman whose cervical smear was negligently reported as normal and who had to undergo radical hysterectomy and radiotherapy as a result of developing cervical cancer.
For further information about our Leicester clinical negligence solicitors, please contact Jane Williams, Partner & Head of Clinical Negligence, on 0845 634 2593 or submit a secure enquiry form.
“Jane Williams enjoys a formidable reputation as a ‘very influential’ and a ‘dynamic and compassionate’ practitioner who handles ‘high-value and very sensitive claims’. Her broad practice includes complex birth injury and brain injury cases.”
“Gemma dealt with the day to day running of our cases and she became almost like a friend, having got married and had a baby in the length of time we knew her!”
“A warm heartfelt thank you for your support, dedication and hard graft over the last 5 years. Your professionalism has assured our daughter got what she deserved, a secure future with superb living standards and care team. You are a credit to your profession.”
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