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Nursing Negligence Claims

Our expert Clinical Negligence lawyers advise clients on a wide range of nursing negligence claims, helping them to get vital compensation for injuries and illnesses and medical conditions caused by or made worse by poor or negligent nursing care. If you or a loved one have suffered either physically or mentally as a result of negligent nursing care, we can help you secure the justice and compensation to which you are entitled.

Our approach to nursing negligence claims

Nurses, whether operating in a hospital or other medical setting, or in a care home or community setting, including your home, are trusted to play a unique role in our care. As well as delivering care when you are vulnerable, nurses are increasingly empowered to make diagnoses and prescribe drugs. Finding that your nurse or nurses have failed to live up to that trust and have actually caused or made worse your injuries, illnesses or other medical conditions can be very upsetting – especially if this results in long-term problems or a minor, treatable problem developing into a much more serious condition.

Our specialist Clinical Negligence team combine expert legal knowledge with a sympathetic and human approach. We will break down the jargon and help you to understand how to make a complaint and launch a claim for compensation. Working closely with expert medical professionals, we will help build your case, showing where nursing care was negligent, and provide guidance at every stage of your claim so that you have the best possible chance of securing compensation.

Can you make a nursing clinical negligence claim?

Those needing nursing care in hospitals or nursing homes are often also the most vulnerable. They deserve the best care standards possible but substandard nursing care and often understaffed wards and care homes, mean those standards can fall dangerously short.

If you or your loved one has experienced nursing negligence, our specialist Clinical Negligence lawyers are here to get you the answers you deserve and to make sure that the same mistakes don’t happen to others in the future.

Our specialist Clinical Negligence lawyers can help you with a wide range of issues relating to nursing negligence, including:

  • failure to provide the correct medication or appropriate assistance during a medical procedure
  • failure to take the appropriate action in response to a patient’s changing condition
  • failure to anticipate, prevent or treat pressure sores
  • failure to adequately treat wounds or injuries, medication or documentation errors
  • failure to record vital information, actively causing additional injury through incorrect application of medical procedures
  • failure to administer appropriate medical care
  • inappropriate use of any medical instrument
  • failure to properly monitor and assess a patient’s condition, including failing to assess specific health indicators such as blood pressure, vital signs or blood sugar levels in a timely fashion
  • any failure to follow the treatment plan considered necessary by a doctor

By making a nursing negligence claim, we could help you secure compensation which would allow you to access expert care and rehabilitation to meet your ongoing and future needs.

It’s also important to remember that clinical negligence is about professionalism not personality: it is still possible for a nurse that you like and who is warm and friendly towards you to deliver negligent care, or to be working as part of a care team that is inadequately skilled, managed or resourced by the hospital or care home to the point of negligence.

How much will your nursing negligence claim cost?

In many cases, we will be able to support you on a no win no fee basis, meaning that if your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay any legal fees.

Whatever your case, we offer a free initial consultation to help you understand the process and the likely funding basis of your claim.

How long do you have to make a nursing negligence claim?

You usually have up to three years from the date of the incident or when its effects were first apparent to start a nursing negligence claim.

If the claim is for your child, you have until their 18th birthday to make a claim on their behalf. After this it becomes the responsibility of the child to make the claim, with the three-year limit starting when they reach the age of 18. If they lack the ‘capacity’ to handle their own affairs, the time limit does not apply. Similarly, if the nursing negligence claim is on behalf of an adult incapable of handling their own affairs, the limitation does not apply.

We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible, so that our clinical negligence lawyers can explain the process of claiming compensation, start your claim and help you access any other support and/or rehabilitation you need.

How much compensation could you receive?

Every case of nursing negligence claim is different. That’s why it is important to get expert advice from qualified specialist lawyers who really understand the unique nature of each nursing negligence issue and who are experienced in working with medical professionals to truly understand its long-term implications.

The amount you can claim will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the condition, any financial losses you or your loved one have suffered or will suffer in the future, and any changes to your lifestyle that you have to make as a result of the nursing negligence. Whatever the case, our specialist clinical negligence lawyers will ensure that you get the compensation and support you are entitled to.

Of course, financial awards can’t fully compensate you or your loved one for a case of nursing negligence or address the long-term consequences. But compensation can help you to make any necessary adjustments to your lifestyle and help you get your life back on track. Compensation could also help to provide vital support if a loved one has lost the capacity to work as a result of nursing negligence.

Team

Rachel Pearce

Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

Gareth Monk

Paralegal

Sharon Parsons

Litigation Executive

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Rachel Pearce

Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

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