Frequently Asked Questions
Medical negligence law is complex and cases require medical evidence that can take a long time to obtain. Cases normally take between one and three years, depending on their complexity. At Medical Negligence London our priority is to get our clients the most compensation not finish claims quickly.
The time limit is three years. The three years starts to run either from when the negligent act took place, or when the patient had "knowledge" of the negligece. It is never certain when "knowledge" arises and so it is always best to bring the claim within three years of the incident if at all possible. However, this is not always possible, and you should not be deterred from contacting Medical Negligence London just because the negligence happened over three years ago. We have successfully brought cases relating to negligence that happened many years previously, either because "knowledge" arose at a later date or the Court used its discretion to allow the case to proceed. Different time limits apply to children and people who lack mental capacity. It is important to not make any assumptions about whether you can still bring your medical negligence compensation claim, however much time has passed since the negligence occured.
In most cases you will, as a medical expert will need to assess you as part of building your case and in some medical negligence cases you will need to be seen by several different medical specialists. Medical Negligence London has had experience working with many medical experts and we ensure that our clients are seen by genuine experts in the relevant medical fields.
The two main ways are legal aid and "no win, no fee" agreements. To learn more about Medical Negligence London's legal aid please click here and to learn more about our "No win, no fee" agreements please click here.
Can I use Medical Negligence London even though I live outside of London?
Our strong preference is to meet all our clients in person. We therefore prefer to act for clients who are close enough to travel to our offices. However, many of our clients are based in other parts of the country and for significant cases we will make exceptions and act for clients who live too far away to visit our offices in person.
What amount of damages do people get in medical negligence cases?
The amount of damages will depend on the severity of the injury and the impact it has had on your life. We have handled cases ranging in value from £5,000 to £7,000,000.
Usually there will not be, as most cases settle. However, in some cases it will be necessary to go to court and you will need to be prepared for this.
Yes, at Medical Negligence London we give a personal service to all clients and their solicitor will keep them updated throughout the case.