Frequently Asked Questions
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What is medical negligence?
'Medical negligence' (also known as clinical negligence) is the legal term used to describe a medical accident where a patient has been harmed, not because of a complication that could not have been avoided, but because a doctor or other healthcare professional has not given the proper standard of care. It doesn't always mean that this person was incompetent. It can just mean that in a particular case, they made a mistake that they shouldn't have. Examples include; making a mistake during surgery and making the wrong diagnosis.
How much will it cost?
Boyce Hatton work on a “no win, no fee” basis, where appropriate. We will discuss this with you in detail to make sure you’re fully covered. For further information – see funding your claim.
How much is my claim worth?
It is not possible to put an instant value on your claim. The level of compensation is largely dependent upon medical evidence. Once we receive the medical evidence we need, we can provide an opinion of how much the claim is worth. Any attempt to value your claim without the right medical evidence could lead to your case being settled for less than it’s worth. That’s why it’s vital you speak to a medical negligence claims specialist.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of medical negligence claims settle out of court. So it’s highly unlikely that you will need to go to court.
Will I need to travel to see you?
Not if you don't want to. We can assess your claim initially by way of a free telephone consultation. As and when meetings are required we can travel to your home if it’s easier for you.
How long will it take?
A simple claim can be settled within a matter of months, whereas more serious injuries take longer. Once we have carried out initial investigations into your case, we will be in a better position to anticipate how long it will take. You can be assured that we will not delay your claim.
Am I too late to claim?
There are time limits which apply to most legal claims. For medical negligence claims, an injured person (who is 18 years old or over and with mental capacity) must ensure that court proceedings are commenced within three years of the medical accident or within three years of the date upon which they knew or had reason to believe that they had suffered an injury as a result of a medical accident, whichever is the later. If the injured person does not ensure that court proceedings are started by that date they will almost certainly lose their right to bring the claim. However there are some important exceptions to this rule, which we can discuss with you in more detail.
What is a solicitor?
The term "solicitor" is a term for someone who practises law. Solicitors are also commonly referred to as lawyers. A good solicitor will help their client by offering practical legal advice and solutions to a problem.
The law is a vast subject and highly complex in areas, which is why there are many different types of solicitors specialising in many different fields of law (e.g. commercial, criminal, property and, of course, medical negligence).
A specialist solicitor should have proven experience of handling legal problems within their field and possess up to date legal knowledge in order to provide the client with expert advice and solutions tailored to their individual needs.
All the solicitors at Boyce Hatton are specialists.
Free and confidential advice
Contact our specialist medical injury lawyers at Boyce Hatton for honest, expert advice. Contact us online or call 01803 403403 for a free and confidential consultation.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis where appropriate. We guarantee you won’t pay a penny up front, there are no hidden costs and you’ll pay nothing if the claim is unsuccessful.