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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.

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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Negligent GP or Failure of Care
Most of us need to go the doctor at times during our everyday life and many people have a longstanding friendship with our GP. There are occasions when we raise concerns about our health and it’s not acted upon appropriately. We recognize that this is usually a sensitive issue. We deal with claims against GPs which 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. We can easily cope with the complaints process on your behalf to get answers as well as the settlement you deserve.

Negligent Dental Treatment
As with visits to the GP’s surgery, we all need dental care every once in awhile. Quite rightly we expect our dental practitioners and hygienists to deliver the best and sufficient oral treatment we require. This doesn’t always go right and things may be overlooked. We deal with claims which might include extraction of the wrong tooth, nerve damage, failure to offer or offer root canal treatment, failure to identify or misdiagnosis which might cause incorrect treatment receiving making the first symptom worse, delay in diagnosis and failed tooth implants. We are able to look into your case, handle complaints you might have and seek compensation to rectify the problem, all on the no win no fee basis.

Pregnancy & Birth Claims
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.

Negligent Treatment in 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.

Negligent Ambulance  Treatment or Care
Ambulance staff are highly skilled, well trained professionals and so are accustomed to all kinds of situations requiring their call out. On rare occasions however, the service expected isn’t service received. Ambulance staff owe an obligation of care to their patients there are times when this falls short with the service you would expect causing injury, worsening symptoms and sometimes death. If the incident arises where treatment and care is essential by ambulance staff, we shall investigate the information and facts carefully. We shall think about the notes prepared at the time, we are going to consider the notes made on arrival to A & E or the destination the person was taken to. We shall consider all facets of your treatment and care, including any medication given, in our investigations and seek out probably the most highly regarded experts to manage your case.

Mentionened above previously in the beginning we deal with all aspects of medical or clinical negligence cases and the above situations and types of conditions are for example purposes only. If you feel that you’ve been the victim of negligent treatment, even though your circumstance is not cited above, contact Mercury Legal now to see if we could help give you the compensation you’ll need and should get your life back on track.

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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.

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

7 Year fight for medical negligence compensation finally over for widower

The widower of a woman who died from a blood clot just 16 days after the birth of her daughter has won a medical negligence case and undisclosed compensation from the Leicester Hospital where she died. Darren Taylor of Braunstone, near Leicester had to fight for seven years before the hospital admitted that mistakes had been made in his wife’s treatment. She died from a pulmonary embolism that was caused by a deep vein thrombosis (also known as DVT) in one of her legs that was due to pregnancy. When Mrs Taylor was found collapsed in the bathroom of their family home in March 2010, she was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary, but the doctor who saw her did not follow the hospital’s guideline on investigating suspected DVT on the basis that at that time, ultra-sound scans were not carried out at weekends. It is believed that if a scan had taken place, the DVT would have been noticed and appropriate action could have been taken to avoid the development of the pulmonary embolism, and hence save her life. In addition to the pain caused by the death of his wife, the situation was made even more insufferable by the NHS Trust’s insistence of its innocence of any negligence regarding the death. Speaking after the case, Mr Taylor said: “I am relieved that this is all over. It has been a long, hard seven years, but I am happy we have got the NHS to own up and the Trust says that lessons have been learnt.” If you or someone you care for has suffered as a result of... read more

77-Year-old woman dies after choking on doughnut in hospital

A 77-year-old lady from Leicester died after choking on a doughnut that she was given while staying in hospital. The lady had been admitted to the Evington Centre’s Mental Health ward at Leicester General Hospital, run by the Leicestershire Partnership Trust, in June last year. She had undergone a behaviour assessment – which included looking into her eating habits – and was placed on a “soft food” diet to avoid any potentially dangerous incidents. However, contrary to this she was given foods such as toast and pizza by staff who were supposedly caring for her. When she began to eat a doughnut on the 25th July while left on her own, she began to choke. By the time the emergency team arrived the lady had suffered a massive heart attack from which she suffered significant brain damage, and she died less than one week later. A spokesman for the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said: “We are sorry this tragic incident occurred while the lady was in our care and accept there is more we could have done to prevent this incident from occurring”. He added: “We carried out our own investigation into the incident, which we have shared with the deceased’s family and the coroner. We developed a detailed action plan following our investigation, which includes a number of different steps to reduce the likelihood of a similar incident in the future.” If you or someone you care for has suffered while under the care of a hospital or any medical facility, you could well be entitled to make a claim for compensation. While we all understand that it... read more