Why it’s always best to seek legal advice if you have been let down

25th October 2016

Why it’s always best to seek legal advice if you have been let down

If you think you have suffered as a result of negligent medical treatment, it is always sensible to contact a lawyer as soon as you can to discuss whether you may have a claim.

In one recent case, a mother who cared selflessly for her disabled daughter for decades won more than £3 million in compensation after seeking legal advice.

The daughter had been born seriously brain damaged and was looked after at home, with minimal professional support, by her mother and sister. She was well into her 30s before solicitors were contacted and embarked on an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her hospital birth.

Alleged failings in the management of her mother’s labour were identified and proceedings were launched. Following negotiations, and without the need for a trial, the Department of Health agreed to settle the case on the basis of 50 per cent liability.

The case follows the Government’s announcement of plans for a new system of fast-track compensation for children injured as a result of medical error.

The Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme is intended to settle complaints more quickly and allow medical staff to speak openly about maternity care failings and learn from mistakes.

It has been launched partially response to figures which show that compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunder in childbirth have tripled in a decade.

How can our medical negligence solicitors help?

Gotelee has represented a number of parents who have been failed by the NHS and who have gone on to receive compensation for their injured child’s suffering.

By making a claim, you could receive the necessary financial help to deal with the consequences of the negligent treatment, as well as providing closure and helping to ensure the same mistake isn’t repeated.

Our team of Suffolk specialist medical negligence lawyers offer a compassionate service and are experts in ensuring that our clients receive the right compensation as quickly as possible.

To find out how we can help you, contact the Medical Negligence Team on 01473 298125. We also have offices in Ipswich, Melton, Hadleigh, Felixstowe and Woodbridge.

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