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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.

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