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What happens if you feel that your symptoms have been ignored or your GP, doctor, dentist or Hospital were slow to recognise a serious disease or life-threatening illness? We understand being the victim of medical negligence is distressing and you may feel embarrassed, angry or confused as to what to do. We also understand that ‘sorry’ may not be not enough and you may need compensation to pay for you or your loved one’s lifetime care or further medical treatments. This is why Mercury are here to help, with a No Win, No Fee claim for compensation.

There’s no risk in making No Win, No Fee claim with Mercury Legal – there are no legal bills to pay, even if you lose your claim through no fault of your own. Speak to our Claims Team today and they will be able to explain over the phone how a No Win, No Fee medical claim works. Call 0800 122 3130 or ask for a call back that’s convenient for you.

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How do I make a no win no fee claim?

No win no fee agreements, otherwise known as conditional fee agreements, were introduced in the UK back in 1995. They have been designed to make sure that everybody can have access to justice, regardless of their financial cirumstances.

No win no fee agreements eliminate the risk and worry so often associated with making a claim for compensation. Under a no win no fee agreement:

  • There are no upfront fees whatsoever
  • You have no hidden costs to worry about
  • You don’t have to pay out anything at all if your case is unsuccessful through no fault of your own.

What if I don’t win my medical claim?

If you don’t win your case, rest assured you will not need to pay any money whatsoever. Your solicitor does not recover their costs either, therefore has a vested interest in ensuring that you recover the full compensation that you are entitled to. If you don’t win your case, they will not get paid.

When your case is settled successfully, your solicitor will recover most of their fees and other expenses from the other side or alternatively their insurance company, so you won’t ever be asked to pay these costs. Unlike some other legal firms, our solicitors will ensure that you retain a minimum of 75% of your compensation.

Before April 2013, solicitors could recover all of their fees from the losing party, which meant that you were able to retain all of your compensation without any deductions. However, there has now been a change in the law, which means that solicitors can still provide a no win no fee service, but you may be expected to contribute to the legal costs if you are successful in your claim. This will all be thoroughly explained to you once your claim has been assessed, but crucially you will still never need to pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful through no fault of your own, so you can pursue your compensation with no financial risks.

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If you feel that you have been medically mistreated or if you have concerns about the treatment of a loved one then speak to Mercury legal. Our solicitors are specialist medical negligence lawyers and have helped victims of negligence claim anything from dangerous private cosmetic surgery errors to negligent treatment on the NHS. If you feel you or a loved one has suffered injury or loss because of medical treatment or perhaps a surgical procedure contact us now on 0800 122 3130 or request for a free call back.

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There are times that the medical procedures and care we receive may fall short of everything you expect to receive, and things can go drastically wrong, leaving you worse off and perhaps, severely injured. Watch our medical negligence videos for more information about making a medical claim.

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

The Surgeon with the God complex

In a high profile news story this week, a surgeon who allegedly carried out completely unnecessary operations has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients. Ian Paterson, 59, from Altrincham in Greater Manchester has been granted bail and is due to be sentenced late this month. During the 7-week hearing some of the surgeon’s victims gave statements about how Paterson misled them into thinking that they had serious medical issues and carried out operations for conditions that in many cases the patients were not even suffering from. One female victim who underwent surgery by Paterson six times in seven years said that he “…tried every trick in the book to avoid accountability for his disgusting crimes. Mr Paterson charmed and manipulated his patients into trusting him. I for one trusted him with my life.” The victim had been told by Paterson that she had breast cancer and went through extensive surgery to remove the cancer, then a full mastectomy to remove the breast. It was later found that she had not been suffering from breast cancer at all and that he had made up the results so as to continue performing dangerous and unnecessary surgery. As well as working privately at the Little Aston and Parkway Hospitals in the West Midlands, Paterson carried out hundreds of unnecessary operations on NHS patients, costing one NHS Trust around £17.8 million in damages and legal costs. Sometimes even good doctors make mistakes, sometimes crucial pieces of machinery can fail, and sometimes a simple error of judgement on the part of someone treating you can cause significant pain and damage. Fortunately it is very... read more