Medical Negligence

Below is a list of the most common types of medical accidents and how to contact us to pursue a compensation claim:

Birthing injuries

Birth injury claims can be extremely complex, not least because it is a very emotional time and you may not recall all of what happened during delivery. Damage for example can occur to your child if excessive force is applied during delivery or there is a delay in performing a necessary caesarean section delivery, or if the delivery team fails to properly anticipate the size of a baby.

We have experience of a wide range of birthing cases, including children who have severe cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia cases, hip dysplasia cases and mothers who have suffered anal sphincter tears.

COST? Most children will qualify for legal aid even though the child's parents may have substantial income and assets as only the child's income if any is taken into account.

Misdiagnosis /delay in diagnosis

Best practice treatment usually involves early diagnosis and if a doctor has failed through their negligence to diagnose the illness in a timely manner then compensation may be payable for the worsening of the illness. Many medical mistakes can lead to a delay in cancer diagnosis or diagnosis of an orthopaedic injury which may deprive patients of the chance of better treatment and these include lost records, failing to realise the importance of a patient's complaints, treating a patient inappropriately, misreading x-rays, inaccurate test results or failing to refer a patient to a specialist.

We have experience of a wide variety of misdiagnosis cases, including cauda equina syndrome, macular degeneration of the retina, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer and many orthopaedic injuries such as 'brittle bones', rotator cuff tears and fractures.

COST? You may qualify for legal aid and we will assist you in completing the appropriate paperwork. Or your house insurance policy may cover you to make initial investigations through our office.

Cosmetic Surgery errors

The most common claims following cosmetic surgery are breast reduction operations resulting in unevenness or unexpected and unsightly scarring, liposuction resulting in perforation to the bowel or damage to other parts of the body and liposuction procedures resulting in unacceptable scarring.

We have also dealt with claims where foreign matter such as drainage tubing has been retained within the body following a cosmetic procedure.

COST? You may qualify for legal aid and we will assist you in completing the appropriate paperwork. Or your house insurance policy may cover you to make initial investigations through our office.

Dental negligence

No one enjoys visiting the dentist but when the treatment you receive is negligent the experience will be even more harrowing. The dental negligence may arise from treatment through the NHS or through a private treatment provider, it may have been medical or cosmetic - it makes no difference. If the treatment or intervention was either unnecessary or not provided to the standard expected by the dental profession then you may be entitled to bring a claim for dental negligence and receive compensation.

COST? You may qualify for legal aid and we will assist you in completing the appropriate paperwork. Or your house insurance policy may cover you to make initial investigations through our office.

Infection cases including MRSA

A new strand of infection has now evolved which is resistant to the antibiotic drugs traditionally used to treat and cure infections. This new strand of infection is known as methicillan resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA The elderly and ill are most at risk of catching the MRSA infection due to their immune systems being lower. Patients with drips or open wounds are especially vulnerable. Where a patient contracts MRSA whilst in hospital, due to negligent treatment by the hospital, this may give rise to a claim for medical negligence if it can be shown that the source of the infection was the hospital or clinic. This also applies to C Difficile after recent hospital outbreaks.

COST? You may qualify for legal aid and we will assist you in completing the appropriate paperwork. Or your house insurance policy may cover you to make initial investigations through our office.

General medical negligence

Many other types of medical negligence cases exist which we have experience in, including surgical laparoscopic procedures which have damaged other organs, failed sterilisation cases and retained foreign product cases where a piece of apparatus has been left inside the patient following an operation. We also have extensive experience in dealing with fatal accident claims resulting from medical negligence.

For further information and advice please contact one of our team:

028 90770770

michaelhollywood@hhdsolicitors.com
damiandeazley@hhdsolicitors.com
            fionasterritt@hhdsolicitors.com

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