Medical Negligence

If you've suffered as a result of a medical accident or negligence, our experts can help you move forward. Whether you want to secure an apology, an explanation or financial compensation our specialist medical negligence lawyers can help you get it.

Get in touch or call us on 0800 013 1165

Clinical and Medical Negligence Law

If you've suffered as a result of a medical accident or negligence, our specialist medical negligence solicitors can help you move forward. Whether you want to secure an apology, an explanation or financial compensation, our experts can help you get it. We understand how devastating the consequences of medical accidents or negligence can be and we will listen to you and support you throughout your case.

No Win, No Fee medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims are often made on a No Win, No Fee basis. It means you don’t need to pay legal fees during your case.

If your claim is unsuccessful, you pay nothing. If your claim is successful, your legal fees will normally be recovered as part of your settlement. There are various funding options available and we will explain the options before you start a claim.

We offer a free assessment of your case with a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

Start your No Win, No Fee medical negligence claim with Tees and we will help you secure maximum compensation and an explanation of what happened and why.

What is a medical negligence claim?

Medical negligence is when a doctor or healthcare professional makes a mistake during treatment which causes, or worsens, an injury. Medical errors can be life-changing for patients and their families, and cause serious physical and mental injuries and sometimes death.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a medical mistake, or you’re worried about the standard of care you received, you may be able to make a claim. Examples of common medical negligence claims include:

  • Adult and child brain injury compensation claims
  • Amputation claims
  • Spinal injury claims
  • Surgery claims
  • Birth injury claims
  • Cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis claims
  • Fatal medical negligence claims.

How to start a medical negligence compensation claim

A compensation claim can provide practical support and closure about what happened. Our medical negligence solicitors can help you:

  • Get interim compensation payments while your case is ongoing. Interim payments can help you manage financially whilst the full value of your claim is established
  • Secure maximum compensation to provide better financial security for the future and any care, equipment or lifestyle changes (such as a new home) you require
  • Get answers about what happened during your care, and even secure an apology from those responsible for your care.

Contact a solicitor to find out if you have a claim – call our medical negligence team or fill out our online enquiry form.

Is there a time limit on medical negligence claims?

Yes. There are strict time limits on when you can make a medical negligence claim:

  • Medical negligence claims for a child: claims involving children must start on or before the child’s 21st birthday
  • Medical negligence claims and mental capacity: if someone lacks the mental capacity to start a claim, there is no time limit on making a claim
  • All other medical negligence claims: generally speaking, you must start your claim within 3 years of the date of realising your treatment was negligent, although there are other time limits for some cases e.g. those that would come under the Human Rights Act.

If you are concerned about the care you received, and think it may have caused a problem, contact a medical accident solicitor as soon as you can.

Legal representation at an inquest

When a loved one dies, if the death was unexpected or unexplained, there may be an inquest to cope with, as well as everything else, at an extremely difficult time.

At Tees we help many families navigate the inquest process and we can be at the inquest, by your side, representing you and your family.  We’ll make sure the right questions are asked about what happened, so you get the answers you need.  An inquest should pinpoint what happened, what went wrong, and why it happened. This information can be helpful when trying to come to terms with the death of the person close to you as well as helping improve and prevent avoidable errors again.

Top Tier medical negligence solicitors

Tees regularly takes on, and wins, cases refused by other firms. We're passionate about helping people affected by medical negligence and understand that every case is unique.

Tees is a top-tier Legal 500 Medical Negligence firm. As one of the longest-standing and most highly respected medical negligence practices throughout the East of England, our clinical negligence solicitors work with only the best independent medical experts. 

All our solicitors are members of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), and a number sit on specialist panels for the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents). We are accredited by, and supporters of, a number of professional bodies dedicated to supporting those affected by medical negligence. Our medical negligence advice is based on many years’ experience and our commitment to helping people who have to cope with these issues.

Call our Medical Negligence solicitors on 0800 013 1165

For a free, confidential, no obligation chat, or fill out our enquiry form and we will let you know how we can help.

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What our clients say

Miss Lauren Addicott

Hove

I came to Tees with no knowledge of how a medical negligence claim would work or the machinations of the compensation system. My assigned paralegal, Katheryn Rigg, was consistently helpful, clear, available and empathetic. I am very pleased with not only the end result, but with how swiftly the process was completed.

Mr and Mrs Robin Lincoln

Bishop's Stortford

Tim Deeming took me through the settlement process step by step and was a master tactician in the final negotiation, who I was proud to have represent me. Katheryn Riggs gave me all the support to file the claim. She has a very calming influence and battles well for her client, leaving no stone unturned. She explains all legal issues very well and leaves you feeling confident. Tees draw on their vast experience to bring the very best medical experts to the table. I was delighted with the substantial out-of-court settlement which was more than I hoped for.

Mr Colin Keating

St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

Tees as a company and service were fantastic in every respect. The expertise and solutions are brilliant. Everyone involved in our case were brilliant. We had difficult times but Tees took control of everything and the third parties they involved in our case were top of their field - their skills and knowledge were magnificent. The journey may have been long, but we were informed at every stage – they are a credit to the field they are in.

Frequently asked questions

What is a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement?

Most medical negligence claims are settled under a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. This means you won’t have to pay for any legal costs, or costs associated with your claim, unless you are successful. If your claim is successful, the costs are paid from your compensation amount.

Tees takes many medical negligence claims on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. Most of our claims are funded using a conditional fee agreement. With this arrangement, if you lose your case, it should not cost you a penny. If you win your case, we will recover most of the costs from the defendants.  There may be some deductions from your compensation for costs, but we guarantee that these will be no more than 25% of the total compensation recovered.

You will receive at least 75% of the compensation awarded. 

Do I need to pay for my initial assessment?

No, we do not charge for the initial assessment. If we are able to take the case beyond the initial assessment, we will then discuss funding options with you such as legal aid, before the event insurance, or a no win no fee agreement. If, as part of the initial investigation, we request medical records on your behalf, you may need to pay for the postage and packaging of these.

How will the legal fees for the claim be paid for?

Most of our claims are funded using our funding package which means, if you lose your case, it should not cost you a penny.  The package includes a conditional fee agreement, a loan facility, and after the event insurance. If you win your case, we will recover most of the costs from the defendants and we will deduct a success fee and any unrecovered costs from your compensation. The costs that are deducted from your compensation will always be limited to a maximum of 25% of the total you receive, guaranteeing that you will receive at least 75% of the compensation awarded. 

What is the process for bringing a Medical Negligence claim?

If you think you may have a medical negligence claim it is important to contact us as soon as possible. If, following our investigation, we consider that there is a strong enough case to bring a claim we will arrange a meeting with you to discuss funding the claim and to take a witness statement. 

Once we have all the medical records, we will instruct independent experts to prepare detailed reports into the care you received; these will form the basis of the case. We will gather evidence as to the damage you have suffered and the impact this has already had on your life, and may continue to have into the future. We always seek to conclude cases without the need to go to Court where possible, in order to reduce the stress on you and the time taken to reach a resolution.

What will I need to do during the course of a medical negligence claim?

During the course of your case you will receive regular progress updates. Usually, your involvement in the claim will include:

  • giving a witness statement
  • going to meetings with experts to discuss your case
  • talking to your solicitor or barrister about any offers made by the Defendant
  • attending appointments with experts to report on your condition, prognosis or future needs.

Can you meet me at home or at the hospital?

Yes, if travelling is difficult for you we are happy to meet you wherever is most convenient.  We are able to visit several times, as needed, to give you time to tell us what happened, to take your witness statement and discuss the ongoing progress of your case.

Is there a time limit on when I can make a medical negligence claim?

In most cases, there is a three year time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim.  The three years begins from the date of the negligence or from the date that the patient should have known that the injury was or could reasonably be linked to the original negligence.  

There are some exceptions to the three year rule:

  • If the patient is incapable of managing his / her property or affairs and is a “protected party”, the three year time limit begins when they have capacity to bring the claim.   
  • For children, the three years begins on their 18th birthday, so claims must be made before they turn 21 in England
  • If the patient has died, the three years begins from the date of death

Other dates may also apply, such as where incidents occur abroad, where there is a Human Rights Act claim, or a defective product and so early advice is needed as some time limits are 1 year only.

There is a great deal of investigation work involved in medical negligence claims, so it’s important to contact a solicitor as soon as you can.

Frequently asked questions

What is a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement?

Most medical negligence claims are settled under a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. This means you won’t have to pay for any legal costs, or costs associated with your claim, unless you are successful. If your claim is successful, the costs are paid from your compensation amount.

Tees takes many medical negligence claims on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. Most of our claims are funded using a conditional fee agreement. With this arrangement, if you lose your case, it should not cost you a penny. If you win your case, we will recover most of the costs from the defendants.  There may be some deductions from your compensation for costs, but we guarantee that these will be no more than 25% of the total compensation recovered.

You will receive at least 75% of the compensation awarded. 

Do I need to pay for my initial assessment?

No, we do not charge for the initial assessment. If we are able to take the case beyond the initial assessment, we will then discuss funding options with you such as legal aid, before the event insurance, or a no win no fee agreement. If, as part of the initial investigation, we request medical records on your behalf, you may need to pay for the postage and packaging of these.

How will the legal fees for the claim be paid for?

Most of our claims are funded using our funding package which means, if you lose your case, it should not cost you a penny.  The package includes a conditional fee agreement, a loan facility, and after the event insurance. If you win your case, we will recover most of the costs from the defendants and we will deduct a success fee and any unrecovered costs from your compensation. The costs that are deducted from your compensation will always be limited to a maximum of 25% of the total you receive, guaranteeing that you will receive at least 75% of the compensation awarded. 

What is the process for bringing a Medical Negligence claim?

If you think you may have a medical negligence claim it is important to contact us as soon as possible. If, following our investigation, we consider that there is a strong enough case to bring a claim we will arrange a meeting with you to discuss funding the claim and to take a witness statement. 

Once we have all the medical records, we will instruct independent experts to prepare detailed reports into the care you received; these will form the basis of the case. We will gather evidence as to the damage you have suffered and the impact this has already had on your life, and may continue to have into the future. We always seek to conclude cases without the need to go to Court where possible, in order to reduce the stress on you and the time taken to reach a resolution.

What will I need to do during the course of a medical negligence claim?

During the course of your case you will receive regular progress updates. Usually, your involvement in the claim will include:

  • giving a witness statement
  • going to meetings with experts to discuss your case
  • talking to your solicitor or barrister about any offers made by the Defendant
  • attending appointments with experts to report on your condition, prognosis or future needs.

Can you meet me at home or at the hospital?

Yes, if travelling is difficult for you we are happy to meet you wherever is most convenient.  We are able to visit several times, as needed, to give you time to tell us what happened, to take your witness statement and discuss the ongoing progress of your case.

Is there a time limit on when I can make a medical negligence claim?

In most cases, there is a three year time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim.  The three years begins from the date of the negligence or from the date that the patient should have known that the injury was or could reasonably be linked to the original negligence.  

There are some exceptions to the three year rule:

  • If the patient is incapable of managing his / her property or affairs and is a “protected party”, the three year time limit begins when they have capacity to bring the claim.   
  • For children, the three years begins on their 18th birthday, so claims must be made before they turn 21 in England
  • If the patient has died, the three years begins from the date of death

Other dates may also apply, such as where incidents occur abroad, where there is a Human Rights Act claim, or a defective product and so early advice is needed as some time limits are 1 year only.

There is a great deal of investigation work involved in medical negligence claims, so it’s important to contact a solicitor as soon as you can.

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