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Medical negligence solicitors

Medical negligence specialists with heavyweight credentials

If you’ve been injured or become ill due to a medical mistake, you have a right to claim compensation from the practitioner or hospital. However, it’s vital to find a specialist solicitor with the relevant experience. At Clarke Willmott, our medical negligence solicitors are experts in handling highly complex cases; some of which have made the headlines or even led to new laws.

Other firms may use unqualified case handlers to run medical injury claims, so they won’t know all the details of your case or understand what needs to be done. At Clarke Willmott, your case will be run or overseen by one of our most senior lawyers, to ensure you always receive the best possible service and advice.

We’ll take time to understand what’s important to you and your family, and what kind of care or support might be needed, including help you arrange rehabilitation and treatment from the country’s top consultants. We can also help with other legal matters arising from your injury, such as getting back to work, or buying a new home adapted for your independence – a level of service borne out of our extensive experience and hard to find elsewhere.


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Reasons to choose Clarke Willmott for your medical negligence claim

  • Free initial consultation – to discuss the grounds for your claim and the likelihood of success.
  • Where you need us – specialist solicitors based in the heart of Manchester. And if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.
  • Support far beyond your claim – help with rehabilitation, medical treatment and other legal matters that may arise.
  • Widely recognised medical negligence experts – one of only a few law firms to be accredited by the Law Society’s Medical Negligence Panel and the patient charity Action against Medical Accidents (AVMA).
  • Help to fund your claim – including ‘no win no fee’ and legal aid.
  • Winning record – excellent track record of winning medical negligence claims, some with compensation worth several million pounds.

Frequently asked questions

What types of claims do you deal with?

We can represent anyone who has suffered a medical accident and specialise in handling complex cases involving severe, life-changing injuries such as spinal injuries, brain damage or neurological injury – and fatal injuries.

How do I make a claim?

There are numerous ways you can contact Clarke Willmott if you want to discuss your compensation claim with us. You can go through our website and access a form there and we will get back to you or you can simply telephone us, all of the numbers are available on our website and we’ll speak to you as soon as we can.

In reality, not every claim is worth pursuing – some cases are simply too complicated or expensive and have a poor chance of success. Start by seeking advice from one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors. The initial consultation is free and will help you understand whether your claim is likely to have a positive outcome for you.

How can I pay for the expenses of my claim?

One of the big things that concerns people when thinking about contacting a lawyer is how much is it going to cost them. And what we can do, is we can reassure you on that at the very start because we will be looking for the best solution for you. That can include working with you to see if you’ve already got any existing insurance cover that will cover your legal costs.

The alternative and most common way that we proceed with cases is on a no win, no fee basis. Which means that  there is little or no risk to the client. They are regulated by our regulator and so you can guarantee that it will be a proper product, you’ll be given full advice at the outset so that you can decide whether you want to proceed, but financially there should be very little risk, in fact no risk to you.

It’s important to consider how you’re going to pay your legal expenses especially as the cost of pursuing a medical negligence claim can be high. However, there are funding options available that could help reduce the expense, such as an existing insurance policy covering claims of this nature, a Conditional Fee Agreement (often called ‘no win no fee’) or legal aid.

Before you embark on your claim, we will talk you through:

  • The potential cost of pursuing your medical negligence claim
  • What percentage of these costs you might get back
  • What funding options are available to you.

How much compensation could I get?

In terms of thinking about how much compensation you will get, it’s important to note that every case is different. In our jurisdiction, we have a system that’s what we call a compensatory system. The object of bringing the claim is to put you back in the same position you would have been in, as best money can, as if you’ve never had the accident. So it’s impossible to say for any given case at the outset how much money people will get.

What we will do is we will look at all sorts of things that make up the value of the claim. So if you’ve been unable to work and had a loss of earnings, we’ll calculate that. We’ll make sure that we’re getting good advice from experts as to the cost of all the equipment, prosthetics, wheelchairs and everything else that you might need. We’ll also be able to include things like the claim for costs for care and assistance, for things that you can no longer mange yourself. But as I say, every case is individually assessed, and we will look at your case on an individual basis.

Every case is different, but here are some examples of compensation awarded to our clients:

  • £8.6 million – awarded to a child with cerebral palsy resulting from negligence during birth.
  • £1.5 million – awarded to a client who suffered a stroke due to negligence following a heart bypass procedure.
  • £500,000 – awarded to a family whose child suffered brain damage after a GP negligently failed to refer them to hospital.
  • £220,000 – awarded to a client who faced a delay in the treatment and diagnosis for a malignant melanoma.

If I have a claim, how long will it take?

One thing that concerns people who are bringing a claim is how long it’s all going to take? When are they going to get their compensation.  And there is really two things to say about that. The first is this: If we can establish liability on your behalf, we can prove that someone else is at least partly to blame for your injuries, we can usually get interim payments on account of damages quite quickly so we can start to help you with financial concerns or to fund the things that you need at the earliest part of your case.

In terms of how long the whole claim will take, that is actually very dependant upon the medical position and how well you are going to recover from your injuries and when we’re going to know how well you’ve recovered from your injuries. Everybody’s injury is different. Some people can reach a final position within a matter of a few months or a year or so, other people require much more lengthy rehabilitation, perhaps a number of other medical procedures. And this is important because we will only want to try to settle your claim when we can reasonably predict the future. And in doing so, that makes sure that we get the right level of compensation for you.

Why should I use Clarke Willmott?

When deciding what lawyer you want to instruct and if you’re considering instructing Clarke Willmott it’s important to know about us, that we are truly specialists in what we do. Our team only handles cases involving serious injury, and that’s what we’ve done for a number of years. It’s also the case that as individual lawyers, we have areas of our own specialisation. And for example, I have worked in the field of amputation for a long time. I am very familiar with all the different types of injury.

The other important thing is that what we want to do is to make a difference to to the client. The main focus we have will be on rehabilitation. It will be on accessing services, accessing treatment. The object will be to make sure that our client get the best possible medical outcome as well as the best possible legal outcome

Contact our medical negligence experts

Get in touch online now or call 0800 316 8892 to arrange a free consultation with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

Marguarita Tyne

Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Marguarita Tyne is a claimant clinical negligence solicitor who investigates and brings claims on behalf of patients who have been injured during the course of their medical treatment, acting mainly (but not exclusively) for brain injury claimants in high value and often complex litigation.
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Kerry Fifield

Partner and Clinical Negligence Team Manager

Kerry’s primary focus is the needs of the client and their family when pursuing a claim, taking into account that each client is an individual with specific requirements who needs to be supported in addition to the legal investigation.
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