We specialise in the following areas:
– Cancer and Oncology Claims
– Surgery Claims
– Accident and Emergency Claims
– General Practitioner Negligence
– Acquired Brain Injury Claims
– Defective Medical Products
– Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injury Claims
– Brachial Plexus & Erbs Palsy Claims
– Spinal Injuries
– Fatal Injury Claims
For further information please see below.
Cancer is a common health issue in developed countries and remains one of the leading causes of death. However, advancements in cancer treatment have greatly improved patient outcomes in recent years. An early diagnosis and prompt, proper treatment can lead to a cure or extended life expectancy.
Negligence in the medical field can result in delayed or incorrect diagnoses, such as failing to properly analyse and act on abnormal blood tests, misreading or failing to perform scans or X-rays, errors in surgery, and medication or dosage mistakes. We specialise in handling medical negligence cases related to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Despite the high standard of surgical care, mistakes can still happen during a surgery, leading to injury or even death. However, it is difficult to make generalisations as different surgeons specialise in different areas.
The most common causes of surgical error claims are inadequate informed consent, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, accidental damage to nearby anatomy or organs during the procedure, failure to detect post-operative bleeding, and poor post-operative care.
All surgeons are required to obtain a patient’s consent before performing surgery, except in emergency situations. To be considered valid, the patient must fully understand the risks and potential negative outcomes associated with the procedure. If a patient undergoes surgery without proper informed consent, a medical negligence claim may be pursued.
If you have suffered from improper care in an emergency department, you may be eligible for a medical negligence claim. The sub-standard care provided in these situations can result in severe and life-altering injuries, causing significant harm to both the patient and their family.
There are various types of claims that can arise from improper care in an emergency department, including:
– Failure to refer patients for further examination or follow-up
– Failure to diagnose a fracture, spinal injury, or cauda equine
– Misdiagnosis leading to inadequate treatment
– Discharge resulting in subsequent heart attack
If you believe you may have a case, it’s crucial to seek the guidance of a medical negligence solicitor to assess your situation.
General Practitioners play a crucial role in providing healthcare to patients and often develop a long-term, trustworthy relationship with them. When a patient experiences a medical issue, they typically turn to their GP for assessment and guidance. If necessary, the GP may refer the patient to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. However, if a GP fails to refer a patient in a timely manner or misdiagnoses a condition, the consequences can be severe and long-lasting. We specialise in handling clinical negligence claims relating to GP referrals, including failure to diagnose serious conditions such as strokes or brain hemorrhages, failure to refer for urgent medical attention, failure to refer to a specialist, and failure to act on investigation results.
Acquired brain injuries refer to harm to the brain that could have been prevented or reduced with proper medical care. Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord, including stroke, meningitis, and more. Negligence in medical treatment can lead to brain injury, such as when hypertension or hydrocephalus go undiagnosed and untreated. It’s essential for medical professionals to provide competent care, as brain injuries can have severe and life-altering impacts.
Medical product manufacturers and administrators have a moral and legal obligation to provide safe and effective products to patients, minimising any potential side effects. Neglecting these responsibilities can result in devastating consequences for patients due to defective medical equipment. If you believe you have suffered harm or injury from such equipment, we are here to help. Contact us for expert advice and support.
Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects muscle function and movement caused by damage to the brain during development. Although it can occur naturally, in some cases it may result from medical negligence during pregnancy, labour, delivery, or neonatal care. We specialise in handling cases of Cerebral Palsy and birth injuries. We can help with issues arising from medical personnel’s incompetence, including mismanagement of CTG traces, use of Oxytocin/Syntocinon, instrumental deliveries, pre-eclampsia, uterine rupture, placental abruption, hypoglycemia, resuscitation, and ventilation of newborns.
A brachial plexus injury is a damage to a group of nerves in the neck, which control the arm movements. This injury can result in permanent loss of arm function, known as Erb’s palsy, which can have long-term impacts on both the child and their parents, requiring surgery, assistance devices, and other interventions.
This injury can occur during childbirth when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck in the birth canal and excessive pulling on the baby’s head to deliver the baby can cause damage to the brachial plexus nerves. To avoid this, there are approved techniques, such as suprapubic pressure and the McRobert’s position, that should be followed to safely deliver the baby. Neglecting to follow these procedures during childbirth may be considered substandard practice and result in Erb’s palsy.
Spinal cord type injuries are very common and have various causes such as medical negligence, road traffic accidents, or sporting injuries. Spinal cord injury is a condition that results from damage to the spinal cord, causing a loss of mobility and feeling. The impact of such an injury can range from mild to severe, depending on the location and extent of the damage.
These injuries can have a profound impact on an individual’s life, leading to complete or partial paralysis and dependence on others for daily activities. Moreover, it can also result in bladder control problems, sexual dysfunction, fertility issues, mobility limitations, pressure sores, blood pressure and body temperature control difficulties, and respiratory problems. In cases of medical negligence, spinal cord injury can occur due to infections, injury during spinal surgery, or compression of the spine. Although some injuries are unavoidable, many can be prevented with prompt and proper medical attention.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. This can include cases where an appropriate standard of medical care was not provided, leading to an injury that could have been prevented.
If someone passes away due to the negligence of another person, the victim’s family may have the option to pursue a legal case, known as a “Fatal Injury Action.” This type of lawsuit is based on the Civil Liability Act of 1961.
Only one lawsuit can be filed for the death and it must be filed on behalf of all the deceased’s dependents. The lawsuit can be initiated by the deceased’s personal representative or, if no representative is appointed or takes action within six months of the death, by any or all of the dependents.
To be considered a “dependent,” the person must have experienced financial loss or emotional distress as a result of the death and must be related to the deceased in a manner defined by the Act.
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