Medical negligence or Clinical negligence is serious: you need a serious lawyer.
At Wilson Browne solicitors we’re here to help with one of the largest Medical Negligence teams in the East Midlands. We understand what you’re going through, and will help you get the answers and the compensation you deserve.
We have many years’ experience, with Partners on both the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel and the AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) Panel. This means we have the practical experience and expertise to guide you through the difficult process of making a claim.
Our Medical Negligence specialists represent clients acting on their own behalf and those acting on behalf of their children.
What Is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is often referred to as ‘clinical negligence’: the two terms are interchangeable. Put simply, it means that a medical professional has made a mistake or mistakes (usually serious ones) which lead to injury or making an illness or existing condition worse. There are a number of ways this can happen, such as delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment or surgical errors. Medical Negligence can apply to many conditions but people often refer to it in the context of ‘operations gone wrong’. Such a narrow term does not even begin to cover how many situations come under the category of Medical Negligence.
Are There Time Limits For Making A Medical Negligence Claim?
Yes – normally within three years of finding out you’ve received negligent treatment. There are exceptions:
- Mental Capacity – if a person “lacks capacity” (the ability to make informed decisions for themself) there is no time limit for making a claim.
- Children – claims involving a child can be made any time before your child turns 18. Once they turn 18 (i.e. on their 18th birthday, the three-year rule applies so any claim should be started before they reach 21.
How Long Does it take?
There is no easy answer. It depends on the complexity of the case and whether the other party (such as NHS or private healthcare) “owns-up” and accepts responsibility. Some claims can be settled in months, others can take several years.
No win – No fee
We do offer no win – no fee subject to certain criteria. This is often known as a conditional fee arrangement and more information can be found on our funding page
How to find us
We have offices in Northampton and Leicester as well as across the counties of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire and we represent clients across the country in relation to claims against all health care providers such as Hospitals, Doctors, General Practitioners, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists, whether the treatment was NHS or privately funded.
You are a superb solicitor and ( I ) will always recommend your firm to any friends or colleagues who may need legal support. Once again, thank you so very much for all that you have done for me.
Louise Tyler is outstanding at being able to make us feel valuable and communicates often with us. Louise is great at being able to guide us on our journey. Never reluctant to speak with us and always tells the postivies and the not so easy things.
My case was very sensitive and upsetting and the team treated me with respect, individuality and care. They were a breath of fresh air.
Louise Tyler was exceptional all the way through my case. She was professional, helpful and always available to discuss any concerns I many of had. I think if I hadn’t had her guidance we may not have continued with the case.
Our medical negligence expertise.
You can be assured that you’ll be talking to the experts – members of our team have been recognised by the Legal 500, the definitive guide to “who’s who” in the legal world.
Wilson Browne Solicitors is highly regarded for its expertise in Clinical Negligence, and representative matters including advising on cerebral palsy cases, dealing with delay in diagnosis claims, and representing clients at inquests.
For enquiries and questions involving the costs and how to fund a clinical negligence claim, you can find out more information here.