Medical Negligence Compensation

Medical negligence is when a medical professional fails to provide an acceptable standard of care, causing a patient to suffer an injury. If this has happened to you, you could be entitled to compensation. If you have, or a loved one has, recently been unwell or has sustained an injury you may have had cause to seek medical advice and treatment from your local Accident & Emergency department or your GP. It is usually the case that upon visiting the medical professionals for medical advice and treatment the injured or ill patient is then equipped with the appropriate advice or medication to set them on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, however, on some occasions an act or omission of negligence on the part of the treating medical professional can lead to additional injuries or illness, deterioration in the current symptoms or other complications. In such cases the patient may have cause to make a claim for compensation for medical negligence.

Our expert 1stClaims solicitors specialise in claims for compensation for medical negligence arising from a wide variety of acts or omissions of negligence by medical professionals. Our 1stClaims solicitors have successfully pursued claims for medical negligence, and negotiated damages awards, for thousands of victims.

Compensation For Medical Negligence

Anyone who is caused injury as a result of medical error is said to be the victim of medical negligence (sometimes known as clinical negligence). This will permit the injured party to pursue a medical negligence claim which, if successful, will conclude in compensation being awarded. This is intended to recover the finances lost as a direct result, putting the injured victim in the same financial position he/she was in before the injury happened. A sum will also be given to recompense for the pain and suffering caused.

If you think you have been injured as a result of medical negligence, you need to speak to a legal expert who specialises in this area of law. After listening to the details of your case, a medical negligence solicitor will be in a position to inform you whether or not you are able to make a medical negligence claim. If you are, they will give you time to consider what action you would like to take next. Should you decide to pursue legal action, your solicitor will begin the claims process, helping you to obtain the compensation you deserve.

When you contact 1stClaims to find out whether you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence compensation, you will be entitled to a free, no obligation discussion with one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors. They will assess the circumstances of your case, answer any questions you may have and advise you on your chances of pursuing a successful claim and also the likely amount of compensation that you will receive.

How Is Medical Negligence Compensation Calculated?

If your claim is successful, you will be awarded a sum of compensation. While this can never reverse the harm you have had to endure, it is intended to have the following effects:-

Firstly, compensation is there to recompense for pain you and those close to you have experienced because of your negligent treatment. This is known as General Damages, and can include:-

  • Physical pain and suffering;
  • Psychological pain and suffering;
  • Loss of amenity, meaning the way in which your quality of life has been affected.

Secondly, compensation aims to put you back in the financial position you were in before the negligence occurred. This is called Special Damages, and can include any finances you have lost because of your injury. For example:-

  • A loss of earnings;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Travelling costs (to and from hospital etc);
  • The cost of specialist garments or equipment (e.g. if you have been left with a back injury you may need a new mattress).

How Much Compensation for Medical Negligence?

Every case of medical negligence is different, and so the sum of compensation will vary accordingly. Thus it will first depend upon the extent of your injuries. This includes the degree of pain and suffering you were caused, how your injury affected your life, and how it will continue to affect your life in the future. The actual financial loss you have incurred with then be calculated in a schedule of damages. Once these factors have been taken into consideration, your solicitor will be able to suggest an appropriate amount of compensation. This will be offered to the other side who will either agree straight away, or engage in negotiations.

The amount of compensation you receive should reflect the degree of damage that has been inflicted. Your solicitor will use their professional knowledge and expertise to calculate how much you should be awarded. To do so, they will firstly consider your general damages. This refers to the level of pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have sustained as a result of your injury. This covers the seriousness of your injury, how it has affected your life thus far and how it is likely to affect your life in the future. Secondly, your solicitor will create a schedule of special damages. This details the acute financial loss you have incurred because of the medical error. For example, the earnings you have lost, the cost of medical treatment, travel expenses and the cost of special equipment you may now require.

These two figures will be added together to create an appropriate sum of compensation, which will then be proposed to the other side in a Part 36 offer. If the amount is rejected, your solicitor and the defendant will enter into negotiations.

1stClaims have helped clients with claims from a few thousand pounds to well over £1,000,000. Every medical negligence claim is different, but by their very nature they usually attract much larger awards of compensation than other types of injury claims.

If you are found to be the victim of medical negligence, you will be within your legal right to claim compensation for the damage you have suffered. However, it is not possible to specify how much compensation you may receive, as the amount will vary from case to case.

Here are some examples of medical negligence compensation claim amounts (remember these amounts are for the pain and suffering - the largest parts of the claim are normally for associated losses and expenses):

  • Amputation - up to approximately £180,000
  • Brain Damage - up to approximately £250,000
  • Cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis - up to approximately £90,000
  • Dental injuries - up to approximately £7,250
  • Hair Damage (beauty salon etc) - up to approximately £7,000
  • Paralysis - up to approximately £250,000
  • Scarring - (females up to approximately £62,000, males up to approximately £42,000)

However, as can be appreciated, medical negligence can take many forms. Whether it is a birth injury, a surgical error or a misdiagnosis, all cases of medical negligence will have an entirely different set of circumstances, while the injury caused will vary in severity. Therefore the amount of compensation will be entirely dependent upon the facts of the case itself.


1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

How We Can Help You

To ensure you receive a sum of compensation that truly represents the injuries you have sustained, you need a legal expert on your side. To speak to an experienced medical negligence solicitor, contact 1stClaims today. Simply call us on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Medical Negligence enquiry form to be advised of your options.

Remember, all initial enquiries are completely free of charge and the solicitor will investigate all funding options for you.

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