Suffering a serious injury can have a very negative long-term impact on your health, wellbeing, career and lifestyle. It is also likely to affect your loved ones as well. Where that injury was caused by negligent medical treatment, claiming compensation may be an option to help you deal with these issues.
If you have found yourself in this situation, we know how upsetting, confusing and frustrating it can be. While you likely want answers about what went wrong and why, it is also important to think about how you will get the support you and your loved ones need to see you through this difficult time. This is why claiming compensation can be so essential.
At Novum Law, we have the exceptional legal expertise and dedicated personal service to help make seeking compensation easier and less stressful for you. Offering sensitive support and plain English advice, our specialist medical negligence solicitors on the Isle of Wight can help you to explore the possibility of claiming compensation and guide you through every stage of the claims process.
Please be aware that there are strict time limits for claiming medical negligence compensation, so if you believe you may have grounds to claim, it is in your interests to find out more as soon as possible.
No Win, No Fee Medical Negligence Claims
We offer No Win No Fee funding options, which means you can make a medical negligence compensation claim with no financial risk or hidden costs.
Local Service, National Expertise
Our Isle of Wight office is based in Newport, allowing us to offer a convenient local service for clients on the island. We also have offices in nearby Southampton, as well as further afield in Salisbury, Swindon, Bristol, Cardiff and Plymouth.
Many Claims Settled Out Of Court
You may be concerned about the idea of having to go to court to get compensation. However, our team is highly skilled in negotiating maximum settlements for even the most complicated claims, so it is often possible to secure compensation without a court hearing.
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Our Expertise With All Types Of Medical Negligence Claims
Our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors have many years of experience dealing with all types of medical negligence claims, including against the NHS and private medical providers.
We can offer effective representation for claims related to issues including:
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
- Surgical negligence
- Anaesthetic mistakes
- Gynaecological and pregnancy mistakes
- Birth injury
- Accident and Emergency negligence
- Hospital-acquired infections
- GP negligence
- Prescription errors
- Defective medical products or medicines
- Cosmetic surgery negligence
- Brain and Head injury claims
- Spinal injury claims
- Multiple fracture injury claims
- Amputation and loss of limb claims
- Fatal injury claims
- Loss of sight claims
- Nerve injury claims
- Chronic pain claims
How We Can Help You To Claim Medical Negligence Compensation On The Isle Of Wight
Starting The Claims Process
We want to make the process of starting a claim as straightforward and transparent as possible for you.
When you get in touch, we will arrange for one of your specialist medical negligence solicitors to visit you in your home, hospital or another convenient location. You can then talk through the events that led to your injury and ask any questions you have about the claims process, including about funding your claim.
By the end of this initial meeting, you should have all the information you need to decide how you want to move forward. Please be assured, we will never place you under any pressure to start a claim with us – we want you to be completely comfortable about what you decide to do next.
Establishing Whether You Have Grounds For A Claim Have Grounds For A Claim
The first step is for us to establish that your injuries were caused by medical negligence and who was responsible. We will contact the defendant’s insurers and start gathering all of the necessary evidence to support your claim, including gaining access to medical records and liaising with independent medical experts.
To prove that your injuries were caused by medical negligence (also sometimes referred to as ‘clinical negligence’), we need to show that you were owed a duty of care by a healthcare provider and that they failed in this duty of care, causing or contributing to your injuries.
Our team know exactly what is needed for an effective claim, so will ensure that we gather all of the necessary evidence and that no detail is overlooked. Your solicitor will keep you updated at all times, so you know exactly how your claim is progressing.
Working Out How Much Compensation You Are Entitled To
Exactly what you can claim will depend on how serious your injuries are and the impact (both financial and non-financial) on your life. Working this out is known as ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’.
Depending on your needs, compensation can potentially cover issues such as paying for medical treatment, rehabilitation, care support and adaptations to the home, as well as loss of earnings and loss of amenity (i.e. not being able to carry out activities you previously could).
Calculating how much compensation you are owed for medical negligence can be a complex process that is likely to take some time. However, we will always aim to provide a realistic indication of the potential damages before you make a decision about starting a claim.
Negotiating An Out-Of-Court Settlement For Medical Negligence
The majority of medical negligence claims we handle are settled without going to court by negotiation between our lawyers and the defendant’s legal team. This means we can generally resolve claims and get you compensation faster with less stress and lower legal fees than where court proceedings are required.
Taking Your Medical Negligence Claims To Court
Where the defendant is not willing to accept liability or fair damages cannot be agreed through negotiation, we may need to initiate court proceedings. However, even where this is the case, it’s worth bearing in mind that most claims can still be resolved out of court before your hearing date, allowing you to avoid appearing in court.
Should a hearing be necessary, we have strong working relationships with a number of specialist barristers, so can make sure you have expert representation in court, as well as close personal support through every stage of proceedings.
Taking Over A Claim Where You Are Unhappy With Your Current Solicitor
Sadly, it is not uncommon for us to be contacted by people who have started a medical negligence claim with another firm and are very unhappy with the service or advice they have received. In some cases, a settlement may have been agreed by another solicitor that is simply not sufficient to meet your needs.
We know how frustrating this can be and are happy to provide a second opinion on how your claim has been handled and the level of any compensation that has been offered. We will always be honest with our opinion – if we think your current solicitor has secured you the best deal possible, we will tell you so.
But in our experience, we are often able to take over in these situations and get a significantly higher settlement and/or secure compensation faster.
Funding Your Medical Negligence Claim
It is important to us that our legal expertise should be available to everyone who needs it. This is why we fund all of our cases using Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) which you may have heard called ‘No Win No Fee’ funding.
With this type of funding, there are no upfront or hidden costs, so you do not need to worry about finding the money to pay our fees. This will only ever be an issue if we secure compensation for you. If your claim does not succeed, you won’t owe us a penny.
During your initial consultation with our team, we will discuss exactly how No Win No Fee funding works, including how our fees will be calculated in the event of a successful claim and the need for After the Event Insurance to cover any third-party costs.
Time Limits For Medical Negligence Claims
3 years is the standard time limit for bringing a claim for medical negligence. This will be counted from the ‘date of knowledge’ which is the date on which you knew that:
- You or a loved one had suffered an injury when undergoing medical treatment.
- This injury was potentially due to medical negligence.
There are some circumstances where you may have longer to claim, however, depending on who the claimant is. For example:
If You Are Claiming For Someone Under 18 – you can do so up until their 18th birthday. They can then bring their own claim, if they wish, up until they turn 21.
If The Claimant Does Not Have The Mental Capacity To Make Their Own Claim – there is no time limit for you to do so for them.
The Claim Is With Respect To Someone Who Has Died – you will normally have 3 years from their date of death to claim.
Please note that different time limits may also apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Book Your Free Initial Consultation With Our Medical Negligence Solicitors On The Isle Of Wight
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation, our medical negligence solicitors on the Isle of Wight would be happy to help.