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Medical negligence » Costs for the claim


If you have suffered personal injury as a result of medical negligence, you may wish to pursue a compensation claim. However, it is important to understand that the funding available for medical negligence cases is not quite the same as it is in most other areas of personal injury.

Costs

Medical negligence cases can be extremely complex and difficult to pursue. They nearly always involve a lot of specialist knowledge and evidence to prove, which can be costly.

When you first come to us, your claim will be screened by a qualified nurse and specialist medical negligence solicitor. If we believe you have a good chance of success in your claim, the personal injury solicitor will need to obtain copies of your medical notes and any hospital records relating to your treatment. Following that, a brief screening report will need to be written by an independent medical expert.

Costs, known as disbursements, will have to be paid to these people who are involved in gathering evidence for your case. A fee of around 100 pounds will be charged by the GP and hospital for supplying your notes. At this point, it may be necessary to obtain an independent expert or specialists report, which is likely to cost around 350 pounds

The personal injury solicitor that we assign to you can then consider this evidence and provide clear advice on how your case should proceed. If the prospects of success are good, then a claim can be made against the appropriate authority.

If liability is accepted, your solicitor should be able to recover these initial costs fairly quickly. This is called an interim payment.

No win, no fee

It will then be possible to accept your medical negligence claim on a no win, no fee basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay the fees of the personal injury solicitor representing you. On your request we will also take out after-the-event (ATE) insurance, which protects you from all costs incurred from this point onwards, as well as your opponents fees.

Getting medical negligence compensation

If you believe you have suffered a personal injury because of medical negligence and you wish to make a compensation claim, we may be able to help. Our personal injury solicitors are extremely skilled in medical negligence claims and excel at obtaining maximum compensation for their customers.

To find out more about claiming compensation after a medical error, please call 01582 437070 or complete our online form.