If you have suffered as a result of a medical malpractice we can help you. We know how devastating the consequences of clinical negligence can be. We understand what you're going through, and we're here to give you a voice.
There are time limits for making a claim so it’s important you contact a medical accident solicitor as soon as you can. Find out more about the process of how to make a medical negligence claim or you can download our free Guide to making a medical negligence claim.
Medical negligence refers to when an injury or condition is shown to have been caused or made worse by negligent, poor care by medical professionals.
Medical negligence claims are often made on a No Win, No Fee basis and we offer a free assessment of your case with a specialist medical negligence solicitor. No Win, No Fee means you won’t pay legal fees during your case and 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 and we guarantee that you will receive at least 75% of your compensation. There are various funding options available for medical negligence claims. We will explain the options before you start.
Tees is a top-tier Legal 500 Medical Negligence firm with many years' experience. We work with only the best independent medical experts and we regularly take on - and win - cases refused by other firms. When you get in touch, your case will be assessed - free of charge - by our specialist assessor who is a medical negligence lawyer with over 40 years' experience. You will get a highly expert opinion and a helpful and responsive service.
The Legal 500 said: "Tees Cambridge has an excellent clinical negligence team with a good depth and range of solicitors. They focus on drilling into all relevant aspects of liability at an early stage, resulting in a well-prepared case moving forwards, and this analytical and industrious approach also applies to the gathering of quantum evidence. They are extremely personable, and this is apparent with clients, experts, as well as for counsel."
Our experienced team will:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
During the course of your case you will receive regular progress updates. Usually, your involvement in the claim will include:
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.
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:
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.
The NHS Early Notification Scheme was introduced in 2017 by NHS Resolution, a legal division of the NHS that work on complaints and claims for medical negligence.
The intention of the ENS is to investigate what happened when a child suffers a potentially serious brain injury around the time of his or her birth. The aim is to do this quickly when memories of the events are clear in people’s minds, and in turn to reduce stress on the families concerned.
Doctors and other medical staff must report any case of a child being born in circumstances which could cause a brain injury, to their hospital’s legal team where the birth occurred. The case is then referred to NHS Resolution. If the case fits the criteria, it will be investigated under the ENS. Even though the intention is for investigations to take place as quickly as possible, unfortunately they can take a long time due to the complexities of each individual’s case.
If the medical staff in the NHS Trust are found to be have been negligent, the ENS will give the family a formal written apology. In addition, a package of financial support and advice regarding next steps in caring for the child will be agreed. If you have been contacted in relation to the ENS, it is vital that you seek independent, specialist legal advice.
Tees Law responded with immediacy and the utmost professionalism regarding a medical negligence enquiry. I found the communication, attention to detail and knowledge of the subject to be very impressive, and a legal service I could trust. I would certainly consider using them for legal matters in the future. A personable, reassuring and proactive service. Recommended.
My legal representative at Tees Law was Adam Copeland and he was amazing! He invested everything possible to help bring my case to a successful resolution, despite this not being a straightforward process. He kept me fully informed along the way and was always available to answer phone calls and emails (there were many!). I’m really glad I took the plunge because I now don’t have to spend the rest of my life regretting not doing so. During stressful moments, Adam was reassuring and made me feel at ease, as did other personnel involved in my case – other Tees staff, external Medical Experts and my Barrister/Counsel. Due to their professional and efficient approach, I always felt I was in good hands as was happy to let them lead the way to a successful conclusion of my case.
This claim, after my mothers untimely death, was very difficult for me, but with the kindness, patience and professionalism shown by Mr Knightly as he guided me through the process made it so much easier to navigate. He was always most helpful if I called over yet another query and the hard work to achieve a result I was happy with was carried out with the utmost care and consideration.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have been recommended to Tees by the solicitor we initially approached. We did not realise it until the case was well established that the level of professional care we were receiving was exceptional and that the experience of the individuals and the contacts they have to assist in a very complex case was the best available.
We are grateful that we received a satisfactory settlement as a result of their efforts under difficult circumstances and dealing with defendants that were obstructive and disorganised. By far the greatest benefit for us however is the fact that the victim, with assistance from highly skilled experts that we would not have known about otherwise, learned to walk short distances when all other medical opinion did not consider this possible. This was their greatest achievement which is well beyond the service we expected.
Legal 500 UK 2021
'The personal touch is what sets Tees apart. We have always felt very connected and well informed. Even when our case is going through long periods of inactivity we’ve been sent updates just to let us know they are still working behind the scenes and giving us the chance to ask questions.'
Legal 500 UK 2021
‘Gwyneth Munjoma’s clinical negligence work is unparalleled. She is able to take complex, sensitive information and provide it in a clear way while being sensitive to the impact it may have on her client. Striking the right tone when delivering difficult information, yet ensuring the recipient fully understands with as little upset as possible, is a true skill.’
Legal 500 UK 2021
"Tim Deeming has been outstanding for me. This has been a very personal, emotional and challenging event for me. I know that Tees are a business, but I’ve only ever felt like an individual; one who matters, one who deserves fair treatment."
Legal 500 UK 2021
"Janine Collier, head of department, is a perspicacious and very able lawyer, certainly one of the best in the region and beyond, who believes in her team and in the work she does. A genuinely nice person who sees it as her clients’ right and her duty to achieve the best possible outcome for them. Janine delivers this time after time. She is an extremely intelligent and intuitive lawyer who has a genuine understanding of the difficulties and fears clients experience when living with an avoidable injury."
Miss Lauren Addicott
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.
I cannot thank Gwyneth enough, she was so friendly, kind and took the time to explain everything so that I understood every aspect of my case. She was sympathetic to areas that were sensitive to me and made the whole process, which could have been painful completing, easy for me.
Mr Colin Keating
St. Ives, Cambridgeshire
Tees as a company and service were fantastic in every respect. The expertise and solutions are 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.
Mr and Mrs Robin Lincoln
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. Tees draw on their vast experience to bring the very best medical experts to the table.