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Medical negligence FAQs

How should I choose a medical negligence lawyer?

Where is the Healthcare Claim team based?

How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?

Can I make a healthcare claim for someone else?

Can I be awarded compensation through the NHS complaints procedure?

How will I pay for my claim?

Will my doctor know that I’m making a claim against them?

Will my claim affect my treatment?

Is legal aid available for my case?

How should I choose a medical negligence lawyer?

In theory you could choose any practising solicitor; however when it comes to medical negligence claims, it’s important that you choose a firm with expertise in your particular type of claim.

Our expertise speaks for itself. We’re the only Bristol-based firm to be awarded a band 1 ranking by Chambers – the highest ranking available – for our medical negligence expertise.

We’re also one of only four medical negligence departments in the South West region to receive a top tier ranking from Legal 500.

To find out more about our expert medical lawyers, you can meet our team here.

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Where is the Healthcare Claim team based?

Our claims specialists and medical negligence lawyers are based in Bristol but we work for clients throughout the UK.

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How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?

Medical negligence claims must be issued within three years of the negligent treatment, or within three years of knowing of potential negligent treatment.

There are some exceptions to this, however as a general rule we recommend bringing a claim as soon as possible.

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Can I make a healthcare claim for someone else?

Yes, you can claim medical compensation on behalf of your child if they’re under 18, or a person who you have legal responsibility for because they lack mental or physical capacity. You can also make a claim for compensation if a close relative or partner died due to medical negligence.

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Can I be awarded compensation through the NHS complaints procedure?

No, the only way in which you can be compensated financially is through legal channels. If you’re seeking compensation, you’ll need to instruct a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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How will I pay for my claim?

You have several options for funding a medical negligence claim. See our page on funding options for your claim for further help.

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Will my doctor know that I’m making a claim against them?

Yes, when we apply for your medical records, we’ll need to provide a brief overview of your claim to the doctor or hospital.

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Will my claim affect my treatment? Can I be struck off by my current GP?

Absolutely not. If your GP practice refuses to treat you or asks you to leave, you should let your solicitor know. We’ll help you make a complaint to your local Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Is legal aid available for my case?

Legal aid is only available in cases involving children who have suffered serious brain injury during pregnancy, labour or during their first eight weeks of life.

If this injury has resulted in severe disability to the child, legal aid may be available to cover the cost of a medical negligence claim. Get in touch with us so that we can assess your eligibility.

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Taking action

Our solicitors are experienced in making healthcare compensation claims. We work sensitively and compassionately with our clients to understand their needs and will fight tirelessly to win you the compensation you deserve.

To find out how much your claim could be worth, try out our online claims calculator. Or to start your compensation claim now, call us on 0117 992 8900 or complete our online contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.