Knowing that damage to your health was caused by medical errors can make living with the consequences even more traumatic and upsetting. Fortunately, if it can be proved that those errors were caused by medical negligence, it may be possible to claim compensation for the impact on your health, wellbeing, lifestyle and finances.
At Novum Law, we make claiming medical negligence compensation simpler and less stressful for our clients. Offering clear, practical advice delivered with sensitivity and compassion, we can guide you through the entire claims process from start to finish.
We understand how important it is to get answers about what went wrong. Our team will fully investigate what happened and work to help secure a full explanation and an apology from the healthcare provider responsible wherever possible.
There are strict time limits for making a medical negligence claim, so if you believe you may be owed compensation, please do not delay finding out.
No win, no fee medical negligence claims in Salisbury
All of our medical negligence claims are funded on a No Win No Fee basis, so there is no upfront cost, hidden fees or financial risk when you pursue a claim with Novum Law.
Local service, national expertise
Our Salisbury office allows us to offer a convenient local service for clients in Wiltshire and throughout the South West. We also have local offices in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Southampton and Swindon for clients further afield.
Most claims settled out of court
Our team is very skilled at securing maximum settlements outside of court proceedings for even the most complicated medical negligence claims. This can allow you to get compensation much faster as well as the process being less stressful.
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Our expertise with all types of medical negligence claims
Our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers have many years of experience dealing with all types of medical negligence claims, including those against the NHS and private medical providers.
We can offer effective representation for claims related to issues including:
- Misdiagnosis claims
- Delayed diagnosis claims
- Delayed treatment claims
- Surgical negligence
- Gynaecological negligence and pregnancy negligence
- Birth injury
- Accident and Emergency negligence
- Hospital-acquired infection
- GP negligence claims
- Community negligence claims
- Prescription error
- Defective medical products and prescriptions
- 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
- Hospital negligence claims
- Covid-19 and medical negligence claims
- Late Cancer diagnosis claims
- Late Cancer treatment claims
- Sepsis claims
- Stroke Misdiagnosis
- Inquest after fatal medical negligence
How we can help with medical negligence claims in Salisbury
Starting a medical negligence claim
Dealing with medical negligence can be intimidating and confusing, so we want to make sure our clients have all of the information they need when deciding whether to pursue a claim.
For this reason, we offer a free, no obligation consultation with our team for anyone who thinks they may be entitled to medical negligence compensation. This will usually happen over the phone or through videoconferencing, but we can also work via email if you prefer.
During this free consultation, we will answer your questions and talk you through how the claims process works and the next steps you need to take if you wish to make a claim. Our aim is for you to end your consultation with a clear understanding of your situation and options, so you can confidently decide what you want to do next.
Proving that you are owed medical negligence compensation
To prove that you are entitled to compensation for medical negligence, we will need to show that:
- You were owed a duty of care by the clinical professionals you hold responsible for your injuries.
- They breached this duty of care.
- This breach directly caused or contributed to your injuries.
We will rely on various types of evidence to prove medical negligence, including:
- Witness testimony
- Medical records
- Examination by independent medical experts
Having gone through this process many times, our team know exactly what is needed to build the strongest possible claim, so we can ensure all the necessary evidence is collected and no detail is overlooked.
Calculating the level of damages
Medical negligence compensation can cover both the financial and non-financial consequences, including the impact of your injuries so far and the expected future impact (e.g. if you will be unable to return to work).
Our medical negligence lawyers will work closely with you and a range of appropriate experts to make sure the impact on your life is fully assessed, so you can get the maximum possible compensation. This process is known as ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’.
Medical negligence compensation can cover specific requirements such as:
- Medical fees
- Rehabilitation services
- Counselling in care
- Specialist equipment
- Home adaptations
- Lost income (to date and for the future)
- Your pain and suffering
- Loss of amenity (i.e. not being able to carry out activities you previously could)
Court proceedings for medical negligence
Should court proceedings be needed to get you fair compensation, we have established relationships with a number of specialist barristers. This ensures you have the best possible representation, while our team will be by your side providing close personal support at all times.
Transferring an existing medical negligence claim to Novum Law
Have you been pursuing a medical negligence claim with another firm and are worried they may have mishandled your case? We often hear from clients who are concerned that their claim is taking too long, no progress is being made or a settlement has been agreed that does not meet their needs.
If you find yourself in this situation, our medical negligence solicitors in Salisbury will be happy to provide a second opinion and take on your case if we believe we can do better.
Experience has shown us that, where we have taken over cases in the past, we are often able to get a significantly higher settlement and/or secure compensation faster for clients.
Funding your medical negligence claim
Benefits of no win, no fee medical negligence claims include:
- No upfront cost to start a claim
- We won’t charge you anything unless we win compensation for you
- There is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim
We will explain exactly how No Win No Fee funding works during your initial consultation, including the need for After the Event Insurance to cover any third-party costs.
Time limits for medical negligence claims
You have three years to make a medical negligence claim under normal circumstances. This time limit is counted from the ‘date of knowledge’ which is the date upon which you were aware of both of the following:
- You or a loved one had suffered an injury when undergoing medical treatment.
- This injury was potentially caused by medical negligence.
However, there are a number of circumstances that may apply which differ from the above, including:
If the claimant is under 18 – The three-year time limit only applies once they turn 18, giving a final deadline of their 21st birthday.
If the claimant does not have the mental capacity to make their own claim – There is no time limit for someone else to claim on their behalf.
Fatal medical negligence claims – Where someone died due to medical negligence, their dependants or a representative of their estate will normally have three years from the date of death to claim.
Please note: different time limits may apply for injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.