Claims against the NHS

Claims for Medical Negligence

Claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers are made by people who have experienced medical negligence. Cclaimants attempt to claim compensation for the injury or illness they have sustained.

Claims against the NHS arise for many reasons. These include:

These are just some of the circumstances that lead people to make claims for compensation - there are many, many more.

Making A Medival Negligence Claim

Medical negligence is notoriously difficult to prove. Your opinion as a layperson is going to come into direct conflict with the opinions of medical experts and unless you have medical training yourself, the fight to prove someone has failed in their duty of care can be a long one. However, that does not mean that if you believe medical negligence has taken place during your NHS or private treatment that you are not entitled to fight for compensation and to have the negligence recognised. This fight can be vitally important as it could alter the way future patients are treated and help to force changes that could save lives.

What are the Costs?

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. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

Find Out More

If you suspect that you may have been the victim of medical negligence and wish to make a claim against the NHS for compensation our expert, specialist solicitors may be able to help you.

It can be a long and difficult road if you decide to sue The NHS for medical negligence, but by following each step carefully you give yourself a far better chance of succeeding and gaining the compensation you deserve. It could also mean that fundamental changes are implemented in the way future patients are treated.

Simply call us on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Claims against the NHS enquiry form to be advised of your options. All initial enquiries are completely free of charge and the solicitor will investigate all funding options for you.


We are here to help you from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday,
8.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sundays.


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Help Improve your Chances of Success

When considering making a claim against the NHS for medical negligence compensation it is important to gather as much evidence together as possible to support your claim. This could include a detailed account, in your own words, of what happened leading up to the alleged negligent act or omission (appointments, telephone conversations, consultations, and details of other relevant medical treatment you have received) together with copies of x-rays and medical notes (which may be obtained by your solicitor). You should also consider the following points:

  1. If you are still in hospital, confront the medical staff directly and if necessary file a formal complaint. This will set the wheels in motion and the use of a formal complaint procedure and also provides a useful way of obtaining further information about the procedure or treatment. Any discussions should be noted and whenever possible, request that any responses to questions you have asked be put in writing.
  2. Request that all medical records be handed over to you. This is a patient’s right and can help to prove if vital information has not been taken into consideration by the medical staff when deciding on your course of treatment. You may have to pay a small charge for the medical notes.
  3. Engage the services of a professional clinical or medical negligence solicitor. This is essential to take your claim to the next stage. Medical negligence solicitors are highly skilled in dealing with medical claims, which can be extremely complicated. They also have access to experts who will be able to give you second opinions on the original treatment regime.
  4. Be aware that medical negligence claims have a time limitation in the UK of three years. You must commence your legal claim within three years from when the incident occurred or when you first realised you had suffered an injury. It is advisable to take specialist legal advice as soon as possible. In the case of children the three-year limit does not apply until their eighteenth birthday, so they have until they are twenty-one before commencing a legal claim. If the claim involves a patient who is not running their own affairs because of a mental disability, the three year rule does not apply until (and unless) they get over their disability. The simple way to discover whether you can make a claim is to ask one our solicitors by completing the enquiry form - follow the link at the bottom of this form.
  5. For you to be successful in your legal claim you have to be able to prove both negligence and causation. Negligence is defined as the care you received falling below medically acceptable standards and causation is the breach of duty or negligence of the clinician, which directly results in an injury to you. As part of the initial investigations, your solicitor will require a supportive opinion from an independent medical expert on your case. They will base their opinion on your medical records, your statement about what has happened to you and any other documents supporting your case.


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