Medical Negligence FAQs

All the medical negligence questions we get asked a lot, gathered together in one place and answered. You won't be the first to pose the queries here, and you won't be the last.

Cerebral palsy

  • + What is cerebral palsy?

Child birth trauma

  • + Who will be my point of contact?
  • + What information do you require from me?
  • + How much compensation will I receive?
  • + How long will it take to settle the case?

Clinical negligence

  • + What external accreditation does Access Legal from Shoosmiths have?
  • + Aren't all cases from one branch of medicine the same?
  • + What does Access Legal from Shoosmiths specialise in?
  • + Which branches of medicine result in clinical negligence claims?
  • + Surely all doctors stick together?
  • + How do you prove a clinical negligence case?
  • + Does the doctor pay personally?
  • + Isn't the system unfair?
  • + Do you take every case on or cherry pick just the biggest?

Do not resuscitate advice

  • + Can a DNR order be reversed?
  • + What is a DNR or DNAR order?
  • + What is CPR?

Healthcare complaints

Hospital acquired infections

  • + How much compensation will I receive?
  • + How long will it take for the case to settle?

How do I fund a claim?

How long will a claim take?

  • + Will I have to pay anything?
  • + How long after settlement will it be until I get my money?

How much compensation to expect

Making a medical negligence claim

  • + Will my claim affect my treatment?
  • + Can you take over from my current lawyer?
  • + Who will pay for my legal fees?
  • + How will I get paid?
  • + When do I have to make my claim by?
  • + What is medical negligence?

Medical complaints

  • + Who can complain?
  • + Who can help me with a complaint?
  • + Will a complaint result in the doctor being disciplined?
  • + Will a complaint achieve compensation?
  • + What will a complaint achieve?

Medical misdiagnosis

  • + I am not sure if I want to be treated there again. What should I do?
  • + Will the doctors stop treating me if I make a claim or complain?
  • + Can I change my GP?

Nerve damage

Nursing negligence

  • + Will the government take all the money if I am in a nursing or residential home?
  • + How much compensation will I receive?
  • + How long will it take for the case to settle?
  • + Can I bring a claim if the person to whom it relates has passed away?

Pharmaceutical mistakes

Surgical error

  • + How much compensation will I receive?
  • + How long will it take for the case to settle?

What if they don't admit it?

  • + Does this happen often?

Wrongful birth

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