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What happens if you feel that your symptoms have been ignored or your GP, doctor, dentist or Hospital made a mistake leaving you to cope with a life changing disability? We understand that  you may feel embarrassed, angry or confused and want to sue your Doctor or sue your hospital for compensation as ‘sorry’ may not be not enough.  

Often suing a private or NHS hospital will be the last resort. We urge anyone wanting to sue their Doctor or seeking advice for suing a Hospital to first raise a complaint with the NHS or private clinic that treated you, to try and resolve the issue as quickly as possible. The hospital or Doctor may try to rectify the treatment you receive or provide you with compensation to pay for additional care or corrective treatment.

What happens if sorry is not enough?

If you feel that your complaint has not been treated seriously or their negligent care is serious leaving you with life changing injuries, then speak to Mercury Legal immediately. Time limits apply when making a claim for compensation so it is important that you contact us as soon as possible so our medical negligence solicitors can get all of the details of your claim.  Our solicitors are specialist medical lawyers and have sued to get victims of negligence compensation from dangerous private cosmetic surgery mistakes or negligent treatment on the NHS.

If you feel you or a loved one has suffered 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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Suing your Doctor

There are times when we raise concerns about our health and your doctor has acted upon appropriately. We are able to help you with advice about using a Doctor and help with your claim against a negligent GPs. This can include incorrect treatment causing negative effects, failure in order to identify, failure to remedy, failure to have informed consent, inappropriate exam and delay in referral for specialist therapy.

Sue for negligent birth

The antenatal period is vital to an unborn child as well as the expectant mother’s health and wellbeing. This is often a anxious time. Severe problems thankfully are usually uncommon. Mistakes include failure to detect irregularities within the unborn baby by screening tests or scans; failure to undertake sufficient monitoring of the people pulse during labour; failure to perform emergency instrumental delivery or caesarean section. Surgical instruments or swabs may inadvertently be left in the body causing injuries and pain or infections. We understand the complexities and sensitivity of the situations and can offer advice and support.

Suing a Hospital

Negligence may arise from problems for example failure to identify, failure to obtain informed consent, delay in diagnosis, providing incorrect treatment, wrongful surgical procedures or administering incorrect treatment. An individual may acquire infection whilst in hospital for example Clostridium difficile (C-diff), MRSA or MSSA, all of these causes unnecessary and quite often longstanding injury. We have the ability and expertise to manage each one of these claims.

If you are unsure if can sue or if you need help pursing a claim for compensation by suing a hospital then request a free call back from one of Mercury Legal’s medical negligence solicitors. The advice they give is free and you are under no obligation to sue even if we feel that you have a good claim for compensation.

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Claiming For Medical Negligence 


Clinical Negligence Claim

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