Services / Medical Negligence
If you are receiving medical treatment the last thing you expect is to receive negligent treatment or advice, but it can happen which can cause an injury or result in an illness deteriorating. If medical treatment has gone wrong for you, or a member of your family, you may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence.
Medical negligence claims are recognised as a very specialist area of personal injury and it is important that you obtain the right advice if you feel that you have a claim.
We have been dealing with medical negligence claims for over thirty-five years and have extensive experience including settlement of a claim in excess of £6 million.
Our passion for helping victims of medical negligence enables us to punch above our weight in terms of the quality of work, client care and complexity of the cases we handle. Our small and close-knit team are supported by a dedicated administrative staff and we handle around 100 medical negligence cases per year.
We help clients with every type of medical negligence claim irrespective of size or complexity, treating each with the same level of importance … from brain injuries to simple missed fractures; cerebral palsy claims to cancer mis-diagnosis.
We have a national reputation for our expertise in medical negligence. The Hatch Brenner team was strengthened in 2020 when specialists Sara Westwood and Simon Bransby joined from personal injury specialist Norwich firm Morgan Jones Pett. Our solicitors are accredited by The Law Society and Sara Westwood is one of only a select few in the UK to be appointed to the AvMA panel (Action Against Medical Accidents). We are listed in The Legal 500 as clinical negligence specialists and in 2017 we were shortlisted for a national clinical negligence award.
Morgan Jones Pett have joined the Hatch Brenner Solicitors team.
Accident and Emergency
Medical errors in accident and emergency medicine can arise in many ways. We have experience of handling a wide range of cases relating to A&E negligence, including those involving patients treated by paramedics, as well as A&E hospital doctors and nurses.
Birth Injury and Pregnancy
For the majority of women in the UK, pregnancy and child birth is a happy and positive experience. However, pregnancy and birth are far from risk-free and things can go wrong for both mother and baby.
Significant advances have been made over the years in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer; however, medical negligence claims surrounding the treatment of cancer patients is sadly one of the most common types of medical negligence claim.
A claim against a cosmetic surgeon or nurse is no different to any other claim made against a medical professional. With the number of cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in the UK on the rise, so are the number of medical negligence claims arising from botched treatment.
Defective Medical Products
There are very strict standards and tests which medical products need to meet before they can be used on a patient. Unfortunately, however, on occasion problems can arise which result in a patient being injured or their condition becoming worse as a result.
You can expect to receive the same high level of treatment and care from a dentist as you would a doctor whether you have received your treatment privately, or through the NHS. If you’ve suffered from poor treatment at a dentist which causes you unnecessary pain, suffering or even serious injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Eye Treatment and Surgery
Ophthalmic and optician negligence legal claims arise where opticians or optometrists fail to identify key symptoms and refer patients to specialist professionals for treatment including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and brain or optic nerve tumours.
GP and Nursing
Our GP is often the first person we will turn to if we feel unwell or have a concern about our health. GPs, as with other doctors and specialists, sometimes make mistakes. These medical errors can range from failure to record a full history or conduct a proper physical examination, to not referring to a specialist consultant.
Claims involving obstetrics and gynaecology negligence are hugely personal, and often distressing and complex. Injuries can arise from different types of gynaecological treatments including contraception procedures, termination of pregnancy, hysterectomy, failed sterilisation and pelvic floor repairs.
Heart Surgery and Cardiology
The results of heart surgery are mostly positive, but there are many risks associated with it. When things go wrong, the consequences can be catastrophic, and our solicitors have the experience and expertise to help those affected by negligent medical treatment.
Inquests and Fatal Accidents
When health care professionals neglect their duties to such an extent that it results in the death of a loved one, families are left devastated and angry that the death could have been avoided. Our team of expert lawyers will help you get to the bottom of what went wrong.
More than 200 million medication errors occur in the NHS every year. Whilst three in four of the errors are unlikely to result in harm to patients, some medication errors can cause irreversible damage, or even death. Approximately 700 deaths per year are classed as ‘avoidable adverse drug reactions'.
Nursing and Care Home Claims
Despite being a highly regulated industry, the standard of care given in nursing and care homes can vary wildly. It is not uncommon for standards to fall below what is expected of care homes which can give rise to compensation claims.
There are close to five million surgical admissions each year with trauma and orthopaedic surgery accounting for a substantial proportion of operations. Claims arising from orthopaedic negligence are relatively common, but the consequences of the mistakes can be serious and life-changing.
Whilst most operations are successful, mistakes amounting to surgical errors negligently caused do occur. Whether you have undergone surgery in an NHS medical facility or privately, either way you are entitled to receive correct treatment from a trained and skilful surgical team.
Medical Negligence Case Studies
Read about how Hatch Brenner Solicitors have helped their clients with Personal Injury and Medical Negligence claims.