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Making A Medical Negligence Claim  Part 1

Making A Medical Negligence Claim Part 1

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence and want to consider pursuing a claim for compensation for what has happened to you, you will need to speak to a specialist medical (sometimes referred to as 'clinical') negligence solicitor.

It will help the solicitor to assess your case and whether you may have a valid claim, if you can provide specific and accurate detail. You may wish to take some time to make notes about what has occurred before you contact your chosen medical negligence practice.

The solicitor will want to know the following:

Personal details

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone number
  • Email address if you have one

The details and circumstances of what happened to you.

This will vary according to your specific case but might include the following:

  • What you believe to be the nature of the negligence you have experienced
  • What symptoms you had
  • When you attended your medical practitioner(s) try to be precise as to dates
  • What medical practitioners and/or hospitals were involved and what advice you received
  • What treatment you received
  • The outcome of your treatment
  • Any on-going symptoms, or problems, you are experiencing

The success or failure of a claim sometimes revolves around the timing of diagnosis and/or treatment and what was said to you. It might be helpful if you could make notes for yourself about what happened and when.

The solicitor will explain the following:

  • That decisions regarding new cases at Glynns are made at weekly team meetings where a group of specialist medical negligence solicitors discuss the details you have provided and decide whether or not to pursue your case.
  • What funding options are available to you if we agree to take the case on, such as using legal expenses insurance or signing up to a Conditional Fee Agreement ('No Win, No Fee')
  • That time limits exist which affect how long after the event a case can be brought against the defendant and how this may affect your case
  • That we will contact you to give you our decision regarding your case and, if we wish to support your claim, what will happen next.

Possible Outcomes

There are a number of possible outcomes after we have discussed your details:

  • We may decide that you have a good case and agree to take it on straight away. If so, we will need to make an agreement with you (see Making a Medical Negligence Claim Part 2)
  • We may feel that we have insufficient information to make a decision about your case and need to obtain your medical records before we can be sure. We would, of course, obtain your consent before doing this. We may further wish for a medical expert to assess you to enable us to consider the chances of your case
  • We may feel that your case is good but that we are not the right practice to best support you. In this situation, we would refer you to another practice who, we believe, would be best placed to support your claim
  • We may feel that your claim is unlikely to succeed and will advise you of this. You are, of course, free to contact another solicitor

Speak to a solicitor

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence, contact Glynns Solicitors. We are a team of specialist medical negligence solicitors with years of experience and success in this complicated field.

Call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

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"Before we contacted you we had no real idea that we had grounds for a medical negligence claim but after speaking to you if became clear that Wendy was indeed treated poorly. Chris took the time to explain what was happening and kept us to speed. Our deepest gratitude to you all and Chris in particular."

"I would like to say a big thank you to you for making this whole process easy and relatively painless. You kept me informed throughout and you were always polite and courteous in all forms of communication. I would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family, so a really big thank you and I wish you all the best in the future."

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