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If you or a loved one have suffered due to a lack of proper medical care, our compassionate and experienced expert solicitors are here to guide you through the process and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Why Keenan Solicitors?

Based in Belfast, our team of medical negligence solicitors have the expertise and drive to secure the best possible result.

If you or a loved one have suffered injury or illness as a result of medical negligence, we at Keenan Solicitors understand that this may be an extremely difficult time.

The claims process may seem daunting and overwhelming. We are here to listen to your worries and concerns and work with you and your family from the start, as we guide and support you through these emotionally challenging times.

Our team of medical negligence solicitors will use their expertise to advise you honestly about your case in a straightforward manner. We will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case by reviewing your medical records and consulting with our specialist medical experts.

If there are grounds to pursue a claim we will fight robustly on your behalf to ensure that you get the best possible result.

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What is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence or ‘clinical negligence’ occurs when medical professionals fail in their duty of care to their patient, leading to injury, illness, or the worsening of an existing health condition.

It can occur due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, dentist or anyone in the healthcare system.

Common causes range from surgical errors, to misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment.

Medical negligence claims are renowned as complex and specialist areas of the law. It is vital that you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor when seeking to purse a potential claim.

What Types of Medical Negligence Can I Claim for?

Common examples include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed Diagnosis
  • Surgical Errors
  • Birth Injuries
  • GP Negligence
  • Treatment errors
  • Sepsis claims
  • Amputation and loss of limb claims
  • Spinal injuries
  • Fatal medical mistakes
  • Mistakes when taking a patient’s medical history
  • Failing to carry out correct diagnostic actions including X-rays, scans, and blood tests
  • Misinterpreting test results
  • Premature discharge of a patient when further care is required
  • Failing to note deterioration
  • Anaesthesia mistakes
  • Prescription errors
  • Inadequate post-operative care
  • Neglecting the patient’s overall health

Medical professionals have a strict duty of care towards their patients when they’re treating them for a disease or performing surgery. If these standards are not met and you believe that their duty of care towards you was not met, then you may be able to claim. If you recognise any of the above situations, seek the guidance of a solicitor straight away.

Remember that it is not enough that some form of negligence occurred, you must suffer some consequence as a result of this negligence. This can happen by way of injury, illness or worsening of a pre-existing condition.

How do I make a medical negligence claim?

It is always advisable to seek legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims, such as our Belfast-based experts. We will assess your case honestly and guide you through the complex legal process. We’ll take a full account from you of what has happened and will advise you on whether we think you have a claim.

If your account of the treatment you’ve had and any documents or medical correspondence suggests you have suffered because of medical negligence, we’ll then need to discuss how to fund your case. There are certain cases where Legal Aid may be available. We are always upfront about potential fees and you will never receive a surprise bill from us.

We’ll then request access to your medical records and review them thoroughly to identify if any and what mistakes were made and the impact these had on your current condition or recovery. Gathering evidence will be the next step, and we’ll do this by taking a detailed statement from you, any other witnesses, as well as arranging for you to undergo a medical examination by an independent medical examiner who specialises in medical negligence claims.

Once our medical negligence solicitors have established a healthcare professional has breached their duty of care, meaning they didn’t provide a reasonable standard of care, we’ll begin investigating your claim and aim to establish liability as soon as possible. Once liability is accepted, we can apply for interim payments. Interim payments allow those who’ve suffered serious injuries to receive part of their compensation before their case settles.

How long do I have to claim in Northern Ireland?

You have 3 years from the date in which the medical treatment took place. This can at times be extended so that the 3 year window starts from the date in which you became aware that negligence took place.

If you suffered as a result of medical negligence as a child, the 3 year time limit begins on your 18th birthday.

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