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Mercury Legal Online has helped hundreds of victims of hospital and dental negligence claim compensation to pay for their on-going care or for lost earnings whilst they recover. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, speak to our solicitors about a claim for compensation. You can call our claims team anytime on 0800 122 3130 or take our medical claims test to see if you have a claim for compensation.

Mercury Legal Online was formed in 2013 in response to wide-reaching legal changes introduced to the UK legal system. Before April 2013, a number of personal injury solicitors relied upon specialist legal advertising and marketing companies (also known as CMCs – claims management companies) to publicise their services and to generally raise awareness of individuals’ rights when it came to making a compensation claim.

Rightly or wrongly, CMCs came under heavy criticism in the press and were often held accountable for creating a ‘compensation culture’ in the UK. These stories were quickly leaped on by the insurance industry and used as a justification for rising insurance premiums. Partly as a result of such complaints, new legislation was introduced placing considerable limitations on solicitors’ ability to pay claims management companies for generating leads and cases for their practices via their ads on radio, television and flyers alike.

Few of us would accept that the situation had got out of hand; every TV advert seemed to imply that we could claim compensation for something or another. Sadly, some less than trustworthy firms came into the market, attracted by the increasing fees that solicitors were paying in order to acquire clients for their practices.

Many solicitors decided that changes were needed. In the beginning, solicitors supported the Government’s consultations to reform the legal system however many felt that the changes that ultimately came into force went too far and could potentially be damaging to the most important people – those who had suffered as the result of an accident needing legal help. After new legislation was introduced, a small group of personal injury firms dedicated to pool their marketing resources together under the Mercury Legal Online name to make sure that people looking for legal advice following an accident or injury had someone to turn to.

Mercury Legal Online is administered and run by Gallium Legal LLP who are regulated by the Ministry of Justice. It is our aim to offer simple, jargon-free advice at a time when you need it most. All of our solicitor firms are carefully selected; we look into the experience and expertise of each firm and hope that our efforts guarantee that access to justice is open to all. You will never be charged for using Mercury Legal Online: our solicitors all contribute towards our costs and advertising meaning our service is free for you to use. Our solicitors also charge no upfront fees if your case is accepted and if you win your case, most of their legal costs are covered by the side. You receive all of this information at the start of your claim. If your case isn’t successful, through no fault of your own, you won’t face any legal bills or charges. If you require legal advice, contact us now – free of charge and with no obligation.

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GPs claim medical negligence lawsuits are bringing service to its knees

The increasing costs of medical negligence lawsuits are having direct and devastating consequences on Britain’s General Practitioner service, according to a new survey. The government says that it needs to recruit 5,000 new GPs by 2020 to cope with demand of the increasing workload, but this year has seen the number of GPs falling by 100 per month. Whereas doctors in hospitals have their insurance premiums paid by the hospital or hospital trust for which they work, in the case of GPs the responsibility lies on them to pay their own premiums and some say that they are now paying up to a fifth of their pre-tax income on insurance. According to the BMA (British Medical Association) GP’s pay has reduced by 11 per cent in real terms since 2008. At the same time the annual rise of insurance premiums has averaged 10 per cent, and it continues to rise as the costs of medical negligence cases increase. So is it right to sue the NHS? The vast majority of doctors, nurses and health professionals in the UK are highly qualified, caring people who want to help others in the best way that they can. Many work in high-pressure situations and make the difference between life and death on a daily basis. It is incredibly rare that incidents happen due to malice or general incompetence, but if mistakes are made in someone’s care, and those mistakes go on to leave the patient in a worse state than when they arrived to receive care, then someone has to be responsible. In some cases it might be an issue with machinery... read more

Maternity blunders push NHS negligence payouts to £1billion

Last year the National Health Service paid out more than £1billion in damages for medical negligence. This was a record high amount and was in part fuelled by blunders during childbirth that have soared in recent years. Patient groups said that the figures illustrate the desperate need for improved safety within hospitals. The amount paid out by the NHS for medical and clinical negligence cases has almost doubled since 2010, with a large proportion of the costs going to pay solicitors’ fees. Chief Executive of the charity Action against Medical Accidents; Peter Walsh, said the NHS was spending far too much on litigation because it was failing to improve its own safety record, and spending too much fighting cases that it should not defend. “Most of these costs would be avoided if the NHS investigated incidents better, recognised when they were at fault, and settled claims earlier.” Many of the most expensive claims involved babies who were left brain-damaged at birth for whom the payouts involve the costs of care for the rest of their life. In some cases when things go wrong, a simple apology can resolve the situation. In other more serious cases, doctors and other medical professionals who fail in their duty of care can be disciplined, or even struck off from performing their duties. It is when mistakes are made and serious injuries or life-changing events occur that you might feel the need to take the compensation route, and that is when you need a team of experienced medical negligence solicitors to help you get the compensation you deserve; not only due to the intricate... read more

Mother sues hospital after baby son left disabled

The mother of a child who was left severely disabled after developing a critical illness just hours after his birth is taking legal action against the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Reverend Charlotte Cheshire’s son Adam was born at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in March 2011 but after just eight hours he was fighting for his life. He had developed Group B Strep, one of the most common causes of life-threatening illness in newborn babies in the UK. When he was eight hours old nurses noticed that he breathing was abnormal and that he was making grunting sounds while being unable to feed. At this stage he should have been transferred to the hospital’s neonatal unit for antibiotics to treat the condition, however this did not happen until seven hours later. Experts believe that if the condition had been identified sooner, Adam may not have suffered to the extent that he did. Adam, now aged six, has been left profoundly disabled with visual and hearing impairments as well as autism and delayed development, and his Mum is now taking legal action against the hospital trust. Speaking about the situation she said “ Adam, at six years old has cost the NHS a great deal of money and will continue to do so for the rest of his life. All any parent wants for their child is for them to live a full and happy life, but Adam needs round-the-clock care and will continue to do so for the rests of his life.” Although harmless to the women who carry it, Group B Strep can be fatal for babies,... read more