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Medical Negligence

During our lifetime, we will all place our health and wellbeing in the hands of medical professionals such as GPs, hospital doctors, nurses or dentists. Whether a routine procedure or a life changing event, you should expect, and experience, the highest level of care.

On the rare occasion that things do go wrong, and mistakes arise through the negligence of a healthcare professional, you may be entitled to compensation if you have physically, mentally or financially suffered due to clinical negligence.

At Butcher & Barlow, we understand that clinical negligence claims can be lengthy and emotional. With offices across the North West, our team of experts have a wealth of experience in this extremely specialised area of law, ensuring that you will receive the best advice and tailored to your personal situation.

Using our in-depth legal knowledge, we will handle your case with professionalism, compassion and efficiency, to provide the most appropriate course of action to achieve your objectives and the value of your claim. We aim to achieve the maximum compensation in the minimum possible amount of time.

If you think you, or a family member, has been affected by clinical negligence, you must seek legal advice immediately – there are strict time limits in place for making a claim, and often a substantial amount of evidence to gather before we can make a claim on your behalf.

At Butcher & Barlow, we are transparent about our costs. We will not take on a claim that we do not think has a strong chance of success. We will provide advice on several funding options that are available to you, including existing legal expenses insurance or purchased insurance, and we are able to accept instructions on a no win, no fee basis, in appropriate cases.

How can we help you?

Your doctor is usually the first port of call when you are feeling unwell. There is an expectation that they will, when presented with your symptoms, consider, diagnose and act upon them and in the majority of cases this is exactly what happens. When things go wrong, the consequences can be devastating.

Our team will, with empathy and professionalism, assess your situation and begin to gather the evidence necessary to establish a claim. We will also assist with submitting a complaint to the healthcare provider where appropriate.

If you think you or a relative have received poor care during a hospital visit, whether NHS or private, our team will guide you through the process of making a claim. From the formal complaints procedure through to issuing and pursuing Court proceedings, our team will be on hand to advise and reassure you.

Whether private or NHS, cosmetic or medical, any harm caused by negligent dental treatment is unacceptable. If you have suffered such harm you may be entitled to compensation. Our team has experience in all types of dental negligence, aiming to ensure you are fully compensated for your pain and loss.

A medical condition can be misdiagnosed or there can be a delay in reaching the correct diagnosis. You or a family member may have received inappropriate medical treatment or may have made numerous trips to your GP or specialist before the correct cause of your symptoms was identified. This can have devastating consequences, particularly where serious conditions such as cancer have been missed. If you have suffered harm as a result of a misdiagnosed condition or delayed diagnosis, you may have a claim against the doctor or hospital. Our team understands that your claim needs to be handled with sensitivity and sympathy. We will guide you through the whole process to ensure that you get the level of support and compensation you deserve.

Surgery, whether elective or emergency, should only be performed if it is in your best interests. You, or your next of kin, should have the risks and benefits explained to you beforehand so that you can make an informed decision whether you wish to proceed.

However, what if a mistake is made during surgery, the surgery is different from what was explained to you, or you experience an adverse effect that you were not warned about? What if established procedures were not followed leading to physical and/or psychological consequences that could have been avoided?

If this has happened to you or a loved one, our team can assist you in claiming compensation which could give you access to private care and support, providing you with the best chances of recovery. By gathering evidence and seeking expert opinion, we will seek to establish your case, supporting you through and beyond your claim.

Childbirth is an emotional and physically demanding experience. As a parent, you put your faith and trust in the doctors, midwives and nurses looking after the mother and child and expect a certain standard of care. In the majority of cases, this level of care is met, and often exceeded.

However, when that standard of care slips and the mother and baby are failed by staff entrusted to look after them, the consequences can be devastating for the whole family.

From undiagnosed conditions in pregnancy such as preeclampsia, maternal or gestational diabetes, to preventable neurological damage occurring in delivery such as cerebral palsy, our team will fight for the support and rehabilitation required by parent and child.

Whatever your personal situation and experiences, our team is here for you. If you would like to arrange a free, no-obligation appointment, to discuss your circumstances, whether that be by video, telephone or in-person, please get in touch. Alternatively, please complete our Enquiry Form and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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Understanding medical negligence


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A brief guide to medical negligence claims

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Still a long way to go for me personally to get back on track, but I thought you may be pleased to realise the value of the work you guys do and that can literally change peoples lives (for the better).

The service I received was not only professional but also caring. I was treated with respect and every concern listened to. Every avenue was followed up with the appropriate professional’s investigation and report. Nothing was too much trouble and he was always there if I had a question. I had regular updates and excellent communication. Winning my case was mostly a matter of ensuring this didn’t happen to anyone else, but the pay out, which was 3 times what I expected was very much appreciated. I would most certainly recommend Adam and the amazing team at Butcher & Barlow every time. With sincere thanks.

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