Leading Medical Negligence Solicitors
The Medical Negligence Team at Mayo Wynne Baxter is one of the most reputable and distinguished in the UK. Our extensive experience and expertise in medical negligence law means we can pursue any type of case, from the smallest viable claim to multi-million pound claims involving spinal or brain injuries.
Our team will take the time to listen to you, to understand what you are going through and to help you get the answers and compensation you deserve.
What is Medical Negligence?
Most of the time patients are treated effectively by medical professionals but there are occasions where things go wrong. A medical professional can make an avoidable mistake or fail in their duty of care to you, leading to injury, worsening of an existing condition or death.
There are a number of ways in which medical negligence may arise including:
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis;
- Error during surgery or medical procedure
- Administering the wrong medication
- Failure to obtain your informed consent to a procedure or treatment
- Infections acquired during a hospital admission
- Midwifery or obstetric mistakes during childbirth
How do you make a claim?
The first step to making a claim for medical negligence is to contact us as soon as possible. We offer a free initial consultation during which we will listen to what has happened and let you know if we think you have a case.
If we can pursue a claim on your behalf, we will obtain copies of your medical records and instruct independent medical experts to report on the standard of care or treatment you received
Once we have fully investigated your case and are satisfied that you have reasonable prospects of success, we will write a detailed Letter of Claim to your opponent. This letter sets out the facts of your claim and the allegations of negligence being made against your opponent.
If the NHS or healthcare provider in question admits responsibility, we may be able to obtain interim compensation to help meet your care and rehabilitation needs.
Some clients are understandably reluctant to pursue a claim because they are worried about the litigation process. Although it is sometimes necessary to issue Court proceedings, very few of our cases reach trial as a settlement is usually negotiated before that stage.
What are the time limits for making a claim?
You usually need to start Court proceedings within three years of the date of treatment or the date you became aware that you’ve received negligent treatment. You may not realise this until some time after your treatment, when your injury or illness becomes worse. It is best to consult a solicitor as soon as possible.
There are exceptions to the three year rule:
- Children – a claim needs to be started before they reach their 21st birthday.
- Mental capacity – if a person lacks the capacity to make a claim themselves, the three year limit doesn’t apply. However, some people may gain and lose capacity over a period of time.
How do you fund a claim?
- Legal Aid – we are one of the few law firms with a legal aid franchise. Legal aid is available to children who suffer a brain injury before, during or within eight weeks of birth.
- No win no fee – we can offer you a no win no fee agreement where possible, meaning you won’t be charged legal fees if you are unsuccessful. If your claim is successful, compensation will be awarded to you. A success fee will be deducted from your compensation. All other legal fees will be covered by your opponent should the claim be successful.
All the financial information will be discussed with you, free of charge, before you decide to instruct us.
Why choose us?
Our highly regarded team of medical negligence solicitors are experienced in cases of high value, including neonatal and birth injury claims. We are routinely instructed on cerebral palsy and brain injury cases, as well as surgical negligence claims.
We also advise bereaved families in relation to fatal injuries and we frequently represent clients at inquests involving suspected medical failings.
- Last year we recovered over £25 million in compensation for our clients.
- We have access to a range of support services including specialist case managers, financial advisers and Court of Protection services.
- Our solicitors have been top ranked by the legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for this area of law. Head of Department, Melanie Minter is described in Chambers and Partners as a "really efficient" negligence lawyer with deep experience, including previous work in a defence capacity. A client notes: "I can't praise her highly enough. She is a consummate professional, superbly efficient and at the same time empathetic and kind. She was unwaveringly supportive and I felt constantly in good hands during the process."
- Melanie Minter is on the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) referral panel. Our team are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Society Of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL).