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"John made me feel at ease on the phone the first time I spoke to him. In fact I felt like I had known him for years. He explained everything and I could talk to him and ask him any questions with no problem just like talking to a friend which made me feel a lot better. So thank you again John Green and Taylor&Emmet."

Elaine Womersley, Personal injury client

Our clinical & medical negligence solicitors offer a free consultation for victims of clinical negligence and medical accidents. Call us on 0114 218 4058 or tell us what happened. Clinical negligence usually causes an unexpected and serious breach of a patient’s trust in a medical professional. It also leaves people devastated through serious physical injury and emotional trauma.

All medical practitioners have a duty to take reasonable care when managing their patients, whether simply by referring a patient to a specialist in the light of certain symptoms, or by carrying out complex, major surgery. When a medical practitioner fails in meeting this duty, then patients may be left injured. They often feel helpless in dealing with a large Health Trust which may not want to listen to the complaints of patients, no matter how genuine they are.

Our committed team of friendly, professional and hard working solicitors will help with each case sensitively, with the best interests of our client being paramount at all times.

 

We diligently pursue cases on behalf of the victims of medical accidents, whether through the complaints procedure, litigation or negotiation. We pursue fair compensation for our clients, which may include loss of earnings, the cost of future care needs and any necessary aids and equipment to help make life easier.

SERVICES

If your case is not listed below, please still call as we may be able to help.

BIRTH INJURIES

If you or your baby has suffered an injury during childbirth and someone has been negligent, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

CANCER CASES

If you have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis of cancer or failure to diagnose cancer, and someone has been negligent, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME

The effects can be debilitating and may have a significant impact upon your future, including your ability to work. Cauda equina is mainly found...

CEREBRAL PALSY

Sometimes an emergency caesarean section is delayed, leading to a shortage of oxygen. If a doctor or member of clinical staff has been at fault...

CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE

Clostridium difficile (C.Difficile) is a bacterial infection that affects the digestive system. It is often present in the bowel of both children and adults...

CONSENT CASES

Greater emphasis is now placed on patients making an informed choice based on knowledge of the risks and benefits of potential treatments...

COSMETIC SURGERY

We receive many enquires about cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery which has allegedly been negligently carried out. Some surgeons, conducting cosmetic procedures do not have the necessary skills...

DENTAL CLAIMS

If you have suffered as a result of negligence on the part of your Dentist, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

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DIABETES CARE & MANAGEMENT

People with diabetes have too much glucose in their blood because the body cannot use it properly. This is because their pancreas does not produce any insulin...

GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Gestational diabetes mellitus is any degree of glucose intolerance that starts (or is first diagnosed) during pregnancy and usually resolves itself shortly...

HIP JOINT REPLACEMENT

It is reported that as the two pieces of metal move against each other, fragments of the metal can detach and can then move into the blood stream.

MEDIAN NERVE INJURY

Damage to the median nerve is sustained through an injury to the arm/wrist or through surgery. The effects can be significant, especially if it is your dominant hand, and can impact on the type of work you do...

NEGLIGENT SURGERY

Cosmetic surgery has undergone a boom in popularity in recent years in the UK. Unfortunately some of the medical staff conducting these procedures are under-qualified...

ORTHOPEDIC & TRAUMA CASES

Many hundreds of orthopaedic assessments are made every day in the UK. Unfortunately, on a relatively small number of occasions, errors can be made.

PRESSURE SORES

No one expects to go into hospital, or into residential care, and to suffer these incredibly nasty injuries, but it sadly happens all too often.

SCAPHOID FRACTURE

The scaphoid bone is one of the carpal bones in the hand, by the wrist. It is small and is the most common carpal bone to break.

THROMBOSIS & BLOOD
CLOTS

It is estimated that 25,000 who are admitted to hospital die from preventable blood clots each year. It could be avoided by diagnosing blood clots earlier...

VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY

Do you consider that your GP or a hospital doctor may have delayed diagnosis of a Vitamin B12 deficiency? If so, the consequences can be dramatic.

 

FREE ADVICE

e-Advice: Free, no-obligation and anonymous

If you have been the victim of medical negligence, you may need advice about whether you should seek compensation. We understand that taking these initial steps to ask for help can seem daunting. Our e-Advice service means that you can email us with details of your situation and an experienced lawyer will respond to you within two hours*, to advise you on next steps.

This service is entirely free; you will not be charged for the advice you receive and you do not have to give any personal details such as your name, address or telephone number.

Just email us on:

heretohelp@tayloremmet.co.uk

For quick and honest advice about your situation from an experienced medical negligence solicitor.

*We will respond to your email within two hours between our working hours of 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. This excludes weekends and bank holidays.

RECENT CASES

Delayed diagnosis

A lady in her 40s pursued a case against Royal United Hosital Bath NHS Trust alleging that her cervical smear test had wrongly been reported as normal. She sustained significant damage from radiotherapy because of the delay in diagnosis. She was left with significant pain and faecal incontinence which hugely affected her social and work life. The Defendant admitted liability and if the smear test had been correctly interpreted she could have had swift non-invasive treatment and would have avoided the life changing side effects. The case settled before a Trial in the sum of £650,000.


Delayed diagnosis of rectal cancer

We were instructed by the sister of a gentleman who died after delayed diagnosis of rectal cancer. Despite a change in bowel habit and passing blood, no examination or referral was made by the Lincolnshire based GP and a diagnosis of piles was made. Sadly the cancer became more advanced and, by the time he was diagnosed, the tumour was inoperable. Had he been referred initially, his life would have been saved. Liability was conceded and the case settled for £130,000.


Negligent spinal surgery

Our Client was catastrophically injured as a result of negligent spinal surgery. Liability for the negligent surgery was admitted but the case was extremely complex due to the varied nature of our Client’s many injuries. The claim settled for over £2,000,000.00 just before Trial on an assessment of damages.


Consent cases - Nerve damage and disability

A lady pursued a case against Oxfordshire University Hospitals NHS Trust. She contended that the surgeon had proceeded with aspects of surgery on her foot which she had not consented to. She sustained nerve damage and disability which restricted her ability to walk and work. She could no longer play sports such as badminton which she had previously enjoyed at a competitive level. The matter won at Trial and damages were awarded in the sum of £150,000.


Death from faecal peritonitis

Settlement was achieved for the widow of an elderly man who died as a result of the hospital’s admitted negligence. Amongst other failures, there was a lack of rectal examination which would have saved the patient’s life. The claim settled for £65,000.


Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

A gentleman pursued a case in relation to his late wife against Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. She had fractured her leg abroad and took a long flight back home and was crying in pain on the plane back and went straight to A&E when the plane landed. She was assessed, but a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was not suspected despite swelling and pain. Sadly she went on to develop a pulmonary embolism and died a few days later. Liability was admitted by the Trust and the case settled for £200,000.


DVT and PE

A gentleman pursued a case against Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for a failure to follow guidelines on anticoagulation following complex knee surgery. He remained immobile at home and went on to develop a DVT and PE. Luckily he was rushed to hospital and was saved, but it was alleged he would be at increased risk of future embolism as a result of this episode. Liability was denied, but the matter eventually settled for £17,500.


Pressure sores

Mrs Makin went into the Wrightington Hospital for a hip replacement operation in November 2008 but came out with severe pressure sores.

She was in hospital for a total of 11 days. Whilst she was recuperating she could not mobilise. Mrs Makin developed discomfort and pain in her heels. She asked staff on duty to look at her heels but the answer each time was, “I will be back in a minute.” No proper action was taken.

Blisters were eventually noticed on Mrs Makin’s heels seven days after the surgery but there was no adequate intervention to prevent pressure sores from getting worse. We obtained expert evidence from a tissue viability nurse. There was no proper use of the routinely used Waterlow Risk Assessment, by hospital staff, in Mrs Makin’s case.

The guidelines laid down by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in relation to the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers were not followed.

Client Story 1 - Pressure sores


Shoulder injury and delayed treatment

A £300,000 settlement for a client whose shoulder injury was ignored, leading to a very significant delay in treatment.  This caused severe shoulder damage which would not otherwise have occurred, constant pain and a reduction in ability to work.


Botched knee injury

£150,000 settlement for a client whose knee replacement was botched.


Failed nursing care

An 80 year old man was admitted to hospital for intensive treatment in relation to depression. His condition began to improve and his family hoped that he would be discharged in early July 2008.

Unfortunately, patients who suffered from both depressive illness and illnesses such as dementia were treated together. One evening, the gentleman was assaulted by another patient on the ward who was known to have a violent and aggressive history due to an ongoing mental illness. The elderly man sustained severe blunt head injuries and sadly, his condition deteriorated and he died three days later.

Client Story 2 - Failed nursing care


Negligent surgery

£130,000 settlement for a lady who sustained injury to her median nerve following negligent surgery to her elbow.


Misdiagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Our client regularly attended her General Practitioner over a period of three years complaining of a lesion to her temple which was abnormal, itchy and increasing in size. The lesion was treated as a seborrhoeic wart.

It was at the end of the two years when the Claimant was finally referred to a Consultant Dermatologist where a basal cell carcinoma was confirmed. This was excised but unfortunately our client was left which a much larger scar on her face than she would have had in the event that diagnosis of a carcinoma had been made sooner. The case settled for the sum of £5,000.00.


Misdiagnosis

A settlement for a lady diagnosed with asthma, when in fact she had angina, subsequently suffering two avoidable heart attacks.


Cerebral palsy

Injury at birth caused spastic quadriplegia with associated orthopaedic deformities with scoliosis and hip dislocation.  After meetings with the experts, the midwives agreed that failure to conduct a vaginal examination fell below a reasonable standard. The case was settled the day before trial for £1,575,000.  


Bladder damage

A settlement of £30,000 was secured for a lady who sustained a bladder injury during a hysterectomy. There was failure to refer her to a urologist and an inadequate repair was carried out. This led to problems with her kidneys, which required a nephrostomy.


Amputation

It was admitted by the defendant that there had been inadequate assessment of an elderly gentleman for a bunion operation. Due to poor blood supply, he was at a high risk of developing complications and should only have been given alternative footwear. An operation was carried out and unfortunately he developed a severe infection, which eventually resulted in the need for an above knee amputation. It was argued that a move to new accommodation would be necessary, due to his existing flat being unsuitable for wheelchair use. The client was 80 years old when settlement of £550,000 was agreed.  


Haemorrhoidectomy

The decision to carry out a haemorrhoidectomy for this lady’s piles was unnecessary. She should only have been offered conservative treatment. She went onto develop significant pain and suffering after the procedure and needed further procedures to reduce her pain. She experienced ongoing discomfort and the claim was settled for £45,000 with an admission of liability.

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HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO MAKE A CLAIM?

In most medical negligence cases, you have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from the date your injury happens (or the date you first became aware that your injury was a result of negligence).

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I MAKE A CLAIM?

After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

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CAN I MAKE A CLAIM ON A NO WIN NO FEE BASIS?

Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

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HOW OUR OTHER TEAMS CAN HELP

Because we’re a full-service law firm, we also have a number of other in-house teams with specialist knowledge in areas such as rehabilitation, Wills and asset management.

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