What is a clinical negligence claim?

A clinical negligence claim will involve proving that a medical practitioner has been negligent and that this negligence has directly caused or contributed to the injury or damage you have suffered. If your claim is successful, you will usually receive financial compensation.

What is the process involved in making a clinical negligence claim?

We will get the details from you, in order to gain a full picture of what has happened.

We may need your medical records and expert reports to establish if there has been negligence and how any negligence has affected you.

We will advise you as your case progresses about whether your claim may succeed.

If the evidence supports a claim, we try to reach a settlement as quickly as possible. If no settlement is reached, we begin formal proceedings through the court.

Will I have to go to court?

Very few cases proceed to a trial at court. Although it cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to settle your claim without the need to go to court.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

We strive to achieve resolution of your case as quickly as possible. However, many clinical negligence claims are extremely complex and investigations can take time. Initial investigations could take six months or more, and 18 months to two years to finalise your potential claim. In larger, more complex claims or where your condition has not settled down, it can take considerably longer.

Will bringing a legal claim have an impact on my ongoing treatment?

No. Bringing a legal claim should not have any impact upon your ongoing medical treatment.

Our Experts

Jane Lynch

Head of Clinical Negligence

Email: jlynch@lyonsdavidson.co.uk

Direct Dial: 0117 394 5012

Joanna Laidlaw

Clinical Negligence Partner

Email: jlaidlaw@lyonsdavidson.co.uk

Direct Dial: 0117 904 5980

Matthew Jones

Clinical Negligence Associate

Email: mrjones@lyonsdavidson.co.uk

Direct Dial: 0292 0905 743

Tabitha Rooks

Tabitha Rooks

Clinical Negligence Senior Associate

Email: trooks@lyonsdavidson.co.uk

Direct Dial: 0117 904 6162

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