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For more than 30 years, Boyes Turner’s medical negligence solicitors have helped individuals and families whose lives have been devastated by negligent hospital or GP treatment rebuild their lives through their entitlement to claim compensation.

Our medical negligence solicitors are specialists in all areas of medical law and injuries arising from failures in medical care. We understand the medical issues, the cause and devastating effects of our clients’ injuries, and how to secure compensation in a way which meets our clients’ lifelong needs.

We are known for obtaining the highest compensation awards and our track record of successful settlements speaks for itself.  In the last 12 months we have recovered over £100 million in compensation for our clients. 

 

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence is when a medical professional, such as a doctor, midwife, nurse, or other healthcare practitioner, acts in a way that falls below a reasonable standard of care.

The patient is entitled to compensation for any injury that was caused by negligent medical care and for the financial consequences of that injury.

Medical negligence claims involving severe injury and disability should always be handled by specialist solicitors. It takes experience and skill to successfully prove that medical negligence has caused a patient’s injuries, and to secure the highest levels of compensation.

No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Our medical negligence claims operate on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay anything upfront and will only pay if your claim is successful. If you win your case, your opponent will have to pay the compensation award and contribute towards your legal fees, with any remaining fees paid from the compensation award. We will keep you fully updated throughout the whole process, so you know how much compensation you are likely to receive.

Starting your medical negligence claim

If you think that you or a family member have received negligent medical treatment which has caused serious injury or disability, we recommend that you speak to one of our friendly, experienced clinical negligence claim solicitors as soon as possible.

You can contact us by telephone or by email. Your enquiry will be handled confidentially and preliminary advice in relation to pursuing a claim will be given free of charge.

Our medical negligence solicitors will ask you to tell us briefly what has happened, advise you about the limitation deadlines (time limits) which apply to your claim and whether we are able to help you investigate your claim.

Once our initial investigations have taken place, we will notify the defendant (hospital or doctor) of your intention to pursue a claim and invite them to respond, giving them an opportunity to admit liability, before court proceedings are issued.

If liability is admitted, we will enter judgment and apply for an interim payment as soon as possible to meet any urgent needs that you may have as a result of the negligently caused injury. if liability is disputed, we will discuss strategies with you to succeed in your claim on the best possible terms as early as practicable. These may include proposing mediation and / or issuing a claim form and taking your case towards trial though the courts while making settlement proposals to the defendant.

Our extensive guide on making a medical negligence claim explains the whole process.

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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Medical negligence team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Susan Brown

Partner

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Julie Marsh

Partner

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Richard Money-Kyrle

Partner

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Sita Soni

Senior Associate - solicitor

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Vanessa Wand

Senior associate - solicitor

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Rachel Makore

Associate - solicitor

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Tara Pileggi-Byrne

Associate - Solicitor

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Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

Fran Rothwell

Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

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Ben Ireland

Solicitor

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Alice Carley

Paralegal

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Audrey Elmore

Medical records coordinator

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Nicky Melville

Professional support assistant

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Why choose Boyes Turner?

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have upon their lives.

  • We're nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We’re recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We've won awards and accreditations for our work and are known for securing maximum compensation for clients.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury and severe disability.
  • We provide the highest standards of advice, we work with the best medical experts and to support rehabilitation work with top UK treatment providers and many charities.

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Medical negligence frequently asked questions

How do I know if I have a medical negligence claim?

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or are permanently disabled from negligent medical treatment or malpractice, you can make a medical negligence claim.

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What are the common causes of medical negligence claims?

Medical negligence can occur in any area of healthcare, and whilst most mistakes cause temporary harm or distress to the patient, some negligent errors result in serious injury and permanent disability.

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How long do medical negligence claims take?

The duration of a medical negligence claim depends on the individual circumstances of the client’s case. The claim is likely to take less time to conclude where:

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What are the time limits for claiming medical negligence compensation?

The law states that, in most cases, someone who has been injured as a result of medical negligence has three years from the date of the negligence which caused the injury to issue court proceedings.

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Will I need to go to court to claim medical negligence compensation?

Whilst we cannot guarantee that any particular claim will settle out of court, we take great care in investigating and preparing each claim that we take on. Our clients’ claims nearly always settle successfully without the need for a contested trial.

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Who is responsible in a medical negligence claim?

Where a healthcare professional is employed by an NHS or private healthcare organisation, their employer usually takes responsibility for their mistake.

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Previous Cases

$23 million settlement in an international cerebral palsy claim for a boy who suffered kernicterus brain damage from untreated jaundice in the days following his birth. Our client’s compensation reflected the cost of meeting his needs in the USA, where he now lives. During the claim, interim payments of £1,350,000 helped meet his urgent needs.

£21 million settlement for a severely disabled teenager whose cerebral palsy was caused by HIE from lack of oxygen to his brain during negligent delays in his delivery. A £250,000 interim payment was secured to meet his urgent needs whilst we pursued his claim. 

£6.4 million compensation for a young woman who needed Lisfranc (through-foot)  amputations after ambulance paramedics failed to recognise that she had symptoms of meningitis and take her to hospital for antibiotic treatment. We agreed to help her make a claim after her previous solicitors had rejected the case, which they said would not succeed. 

£950,000 settlement for a man with diabetic neuropathy who developed Charcot foot and required a below knee amputation after delayed diagnosis and treatment of a minor foot injury. GP surgery staff and a hospital x-ray department missed multiple opportunities to refer him for specialist foot care or diagnose his condition. 

£1.5million lump sum plus lifelong payments of £225,000pa for a man who was left paralysed with tetraplegia after falling from the hospital chair where he was left to sleep after unnecessary spinal surgery. An interim payment of £300,000 met his urgent needs whilst the case continued.

£1.33 million settlement for a man who was left with disability from cauda equina syndrome (CES) when his surgical treatment was delayed after an out-of-hours GP failed to refer him immediately to hospital.

£800,000 settlement for a man left with bowel and bladder damage, impaired mobility and sexual dysfunction after his GP failed to recognise signs of cauda equina syndrome (CES) and refer him for emergency treatment.

£2 million settlement for a woman who was left with 50% respiratory disability after nearly a four-year delay in diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB). 

£800,000 for a client left with pain, bowel and bladder and sexual dysfunction, and a psychological injury after negligent treatment for cervical smear tests showing CIN3 (pre-cancerous cells) led to her developing cervical cancer. Interim payments of £40,000 helped ease our client’s financial hardship during the claim. Several previous solicitors had refused to take on our client’s case.

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Awards & accreditations

Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

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What our clients say

"Amazing support"

Fran has been an amazing support through a very difficult time for me and my family. Always available to speak and kept me in the loop with anything happening, she has been so kind, and I thank her so much for helping and getting my mum the justice she deserved.

Ms Alison

"Honest, approachable and truly empathetic"

What has to be some of the most testing horrible times was dealt with in a dignified, honest, approachable and truly empathetic manner. I could not begin to do Susan justice for her handling of our case.

Boyes Turner Client

"they kept us fully informed "

I approached Boyes Turner after my claim was turned down by one of the Medical Negligence Claim company. My wife was a victim of medical negligence.

Boyes Turner have acted so efficiently on our behalf and was able to win our case. Anytime we contact them, their customer service was very good as they kept us fully informed of every level our case has developed. They are very friendly and approachable and great in their professional advise. I would strongly recommend anyone approach them for their legal and medical negligence services.

Boyes Turner Client

"Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable"

Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable with communication and updates as and when needed, in what can be a drawn out process, I was always comfortable asking questions and always received answers which were clear and understandable. Highly recommend

Boyes Turner Client

"Amazing professional firm"

I came to Boyes Turner desperate after searching the web for a firm to use for my sons case. He was only a few months so my mind was all over the place, but from the very first point of contact I felt a sense of relieve and belonging. I was welcomed and looked after by amazing staff who always communicated everything so well and went the extra mile to explain things and ensure I understood what was happening every step of the way (THANK YOU SUSAN BROWN). Susan was amazing I felt like I not only had a solicitor but someone who understood my emotions as a mother and always handled me with so much compassion and that was all I needed to keep me going for the 6 years of the case. Years went by in a breeze because of how professional Boyes Turner was. I am so greatful I went through it all with them and mananged to get my son a good compensation. We look forward our new life where my sons needs are priority after struggling for so long. Thank you Boyes Turner and thank you Susan Brown. My family and I are ever indebted.

Boyes Turner Client
Rated Excellent 4.8/5