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Oakwood Solicitors Ltd’s specialist Medical Negligence department has an in-house team of Solicitors and legal professionals dedicated solely to this area of law. With decades of combined experience, we are dedicated in assisting clients who have suffered physically, mentally and financially as a result of negligent medical treatment.
The specialist team pursues an array of medical negligence claims ranging from Prescription errors and misdiagnosis, to complex birthing injury and spinal claims and everything else in between.
What is care home negligence?
When a loved one is placed into a care home or nursing home we rightly expect certain standard of care to be delivered. A care/nursing home is responsible for our loved ones care, protection, health and safety and wellbeing. We should be able to feel that they are being looked after.
There are some excellent homes that provide a great service to our loved ones. However, when poor care is provided this can lead to our loved ones becoming ill and injured. If this happens then you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation.
There are a number of possible claims that can arise in a care home setting. Some examples of these are:
What can be claimed for in a care home claim?
If a loved one has suffered due to negligence in a care home or nursing home then the following may be able to be claimed:
How do I make a claim?
If you feel that you or a family member have suffered as a result of negligence caused by your care provider, you may be entitled to bring about a claim.
If you have personally suffered the negligence, you may bring about a claim in your own right. However, it may also be the case that the person who has suffered has passed away or they may be unable to bring about a claim themselves as they no longer have capacity.
In such circumstances, a claim can be brought about on their behalf either by an appropriate person or litigation friend if the individual is still with us, or by the executor of the estate of surviving dependant if they have passed.
Our team will be able to assess on the prospects of your case and whether you would be eligible to make a claim.
Why make a care home negligence claim?
The inadequacies of the care and treatment of your loved one should not be accepted. The negligent treatment of your loved on can be very upsetting and traumatic for yourself and your family. If you consider that there had been possible negligence then please get in contact with Oakwood Solicitors, one of our specialist will be able to discuss this with you.
We have a lot of experience and success with care home claims. We have been able to assist with many families achieving the compensation that their loved one deserved.
How long do I have to claim?
Claims of this nature are subject to a three year limitation period. This means that claims have to be commenced within the Courts in three years of rather the date the negligent act occurred or the date you became aware that negligence had occurred.
In cases involving deceased victims, this limitation period commences from the date of death and in cases involving minors, the limitation period starts when they reach their 18th birthday.
The law surrounding limitation periods is complex. Our specialist team will be able to advise further.
How much is my claim worth?
It is often difficult to value claims at their outset, given the complexities involved. However, we will pursue two forms of compensation for you:
General damages – for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the negligence.
Special damages – for all of your out-of-pocket expenses such as travel expenses, medication costs, loss of earnings, treatment costs both past and future.
Fatal Accidents Act claim – for cases involving the death of a loved one a claim under the fatal accidents act may be able to be made which allows (in certain circumstances) for a statutory bereavement award.
This list is not exhaustive and is very case-specific.
Why should I choose Oakwood Solicitors Ltd?
We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of clinical and medical negligence.
Oakwood Solicitors Ltd wishes to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon or medical terms that they don’t understand and aims to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.
If you believe or feel you have a claim, contact us for a no-obligation consultation regarding your options.
Carol joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries. Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her law degree (LLB honours) at Salford University.