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Types of Medical Negligence

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Amputation

Experiencing an amputation as a result of medical negligence can be devastating. You may feel that you have lost your independence and are now reliant on others to carry out many day-to-day activities. You may also now be unable to work and have difficulties moving around your home.

At McKeag & Co, we are experienced in dealing with these types of claim. We understand the impact that an amputation can have on your life and will seek to claim not only damages for the injury that you have suffered, but will also assist you in ensuring that you are compensated for all financial losses that you have sustained; and, if appropriate, will advise you and seek to claim damages to ensure that there is a care package in place to support you in your daily life and also to ensure that your accommodation is adequate for your needs, either through adaptations to your current property, or by seeking a new property which is suitable for your needs.

Whilst no one can change what has happened, we will strive to ensure that you achieve maximum recovery to make your life more comfortable and make your injury and what has happened easier for you to deal with.

If you, or a loved one, have sustained an amputation as a consequence of a mistake in your medical treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com, or click here to fill in our form for a free discussion about your claim.

Birth Injury

Having a baby should be one of the most magical times of your life. You have cared for a nurtured your growing baby for nine months and expectations run extremely high in the lead-up to the birth. This can make it all the more disappointing when mistakes happen, however minor; and these mistakes can often have a long-lasting psychiatric, if not physical impact on both the infant and their families.

We understand that injuries that occur during birth can be anything from what would be considered to be a ‘minor’ injury to either the mother, or the child, right up to something as serious as oxygen starvation during the course of labour, resulting in catastrophic injuries to the infant which will impact on them, and their families for the rest of their lives.

At McKeag & Co, we have a wealth of experience in dealing with many types of birth injury claims, and will always ensure that you, or your child, are appropriately compensated for the injury that has been sustained, including the cost of any remedial treatment, for example, remedial surgery, or therapy, and, where appropriate, the cost of an appropriate care package and accommodation.

Whilst no one can change what has happened, we will strive to ensure that you achieve maximum recovery to make your life more comfortable and make your injury and what has happened easier for you to deal with.

If you or your infant have experienced an injury at birth as a consequence of a mistake in your medical treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Brain Damage

Brain Damage is caused when the brain is starved of oxygen due to lack of blood flow. This oxygen starvation can cause the brain tissue to die and this brain injury will manifest itself as what we commonly refer to as ‘brain damage’.

Brain damage can be of varying levels of severity and we at McKeag & Co have experience of dealing with a range of different types of brain injury, all the way up to the most serious, catastrophic claims where a Claimant will be unable to live independently and will require a comprehensive care package for the rest of their lives. We will also ensure that assessments are made for the need for appropriate accommodation, be it through adaptations to an existing property, or purchasing a new property which is suitable for your needs, a full therapy package and will ensure that assessments are conducted to assess the need for any assistive technology so that this can be included in your claim.

Whilst no one can change what has happened, we will strive to ensure that you achieve maximum recovery to make your life more comfortable and make your injury and what has happened easier for you to deal with.

If you believe that you, or a loved one, have sustained brain damage as a consequence of a mistake in your medical treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Spinal Injury

A spinal injury has the potential to result in paralysis causing an injury which will have a devastating impact on your life. It can also involve something more minor, but which can still cause a significant amount of disruption to your day-to-day life, including your ability to care for yourself and look after your home and children independently. It can also impact on your ability to earn a living and support your family.

At McKeag & Co, we have experience of dealing with various types of claims involving spinal injures and will ensure that all enquiries and investigations are undertaken to ensure that you receive the maximum level of compensation, not only for the injuries that you have sustained, but also for any financial losses that have been incurred, or will be incurred in the future.

This could include a claim for provision of a comprehensive care package, appropriate accommodation, whether through adaptations to your existing property, or purchasing a new property which is appropriate for your needs, remedial therapy and appropriate aids to assist you in making your life more comfortable.

Whilst no one can change what has happened, we will strive to ensure that you achieve maximum recovery to make your life more comfortable and make your injury and what has happened easier for you to deal with.

If you, or a loved one, have sustained a spinal injury as a consequence of a mistake in your medical treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com, or click here to fill in our form for a free discussion about your claim.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Here at McKeag & Co, we are experienced in dealing in a variety of claims relating to this sensitive area of medicine.

Expecting a child should be a special time for parents and a medical mistake can often taint not only the pregnancy, but can often leave long lasting damage.

We are experienced in dealing with brain injury cases arising out of birth trauma (include hyperlink to brain injury section), but also have experience of more ‘minor’ injuries to both new mothers and infants. Such claims could include mistakes which occur during the course of the pregnancy resulting in a failure to diagnose a condition which causes injury to both the mother and infant, failure to repair perineal tears following delivery, or repairing them incorrectly, delay in performing a Caesarean Section and errors in performing an epidural, among other things.

This area of medicine can, of course, include other injuries, which are not related to pregnancy, such as surgical mistakes which can occur during the course of gynaecological treatment, or failure or delay in diagnosis of gynaecological conditions.

Whilst no one can change what has happened, we will strive to ensure that you achieve maximum recovery to make your life more comfortable and make your injury and what has happened easier for you to deal with.

If you, or a loved one, have sustained an injury as a consequence of a mistake in your medical treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Surgical Error

It is not unheard of for something to go wrong during surgery. No two bodies are identical and it is accepted that, until the point when the surgery is underway, surgeons are to some extent, working ‘blind’, without a full picture of what they will encounter during the course of the surgery.

This is even the case where surgery has been performed on the same organ previously, as things can change with time and a patient can develop surgical adhesions as a consequence of previous treatment, which can make the surgery more technical and complex and higher risk.

Before any surgical procedure, a surgeon should perform the consent process with a patient and explain to them what procedure they will be performing, and the risks and intended benefits of the procedure. This consent process should enable a patient to weigh up the risks and make an informed decision on whether or not to undergo the proposed procedure.

When something goes wrong and a patient has not been advised of these risks ahead of time, it may be possible to make a claim for the fact that you have been denied the opportunity to fully assess your options.

Even if you have been properly advised, it is possible that an injury occurs which is not a recognised complication and is the result of negligence, or it can even be the case that a recognised complication occurs, but there is a negligent failure to recognise that the injury has occurred.

In these cases, you may be entitled to claim and should seek advice without delay.

Whilst no one can change what has happened, we will strive to ensure that you achieve maximum recovery to make your life more comfortable and make your injury and what has happened easier for you to deal with.

If you have sustained an injury as a consequence of a mistake in your medical treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Orthopaedic

Orthopaedic claims can relate to anything from failure to appropriately diagnose and treat a degenerative condition, resulting in an acceleration or exacerbation of symptoms, to a failure to diagnose and treat a fracture, or failures during the course of orthopaedic surgery, such as fracture repairs or hip or knee replacement procedures, among other things.

When errors occur during the course of orthopaedic treatment, a patient can be left with an ongoing physical deformity, or disability which can have a significant impact on their ability to function on a day-to-day basis, potentially resulting in an inability to earn a living.

We will ensure that a comprehensive investigation is performed in relation to your claim, including looking into the need for an ongoing care package and any aids and adaptations that are required to make life easier.

Whilst no one can change what has happened, we will strive to ensure that you achieve maximum recovery to make your life more comfortable and make your injury and what has happened easier for you to deal with.

If you have sustained an injury as a consequence of a mistake in your Orthopaedic treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Cancer Claims

Being diagnosed with cancer is devastating, not only for the person suffering from the disease, but also for their loved ones. Receiving a diagnosis can be made worse when you believe that it was possible that the diagnosis should have been made sooner, or that you would not have developed the disease, if not for someone’s negligence.

McKeag & Co have dealt with a number of these types of claims and in these situations, we understand that the need to know whether your or your loved ones prognosis has been affected by any delay in diagnosis can be essential.

We will perform a comprehensive investigation into your claim and will strive make sure that all potential claims for financial loss are investigated to ensure that you receive the best possible care and, if required, that your loved ones are looked after in the event of your death.

If you have suffered a delay in diagnosis of cancer/pre-cancerous cells, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com, or click here to fill in our form.

Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery can involve a number of different types of treatment, whether the surgery is performed to correct a physical deformity, or to improve your confidence by making you feel more comfortable about your body and appearance.

Whatever the reason that you have chosen to undergo surgery, we understand that a great deal of thought and consideration will have been put into your decision and that your expectations will be such that this surgery will greatly improve your quality of life and emotional wellbeing. This can make it all the more difficult to deal with when something goes wrong and we believe that it is always important to look at these claims from not only the physical point of view and what can be done to remedy any problems (including claiming the cost of private treatment) if this is an option, but also considering the psychological impact that the incident has had and whether any further losses/treatment costs can be claimed in relation to this.

Whilst we cannot change what has happened, we hope that we will be able to support you in coming to terms with the events and ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome from your claim.

If you have suffered an injury during the course of cosmetic surgery, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Paediatrics

It can be an extremely difficult and challenging time for a family when a child is ill and this can be made more difficult if there is either a delay in diagnosing their condition, causing them unnecessary pain and suffering, or when a difficult decision is made for the child to receive potentially invasive treatment, and this goes wrong.

It is, of course, possible that mistakes made when someone is a child can have an impact on the rest of their lives.

At McKeag & Co, we understand that no one would deliberately put their child in harm’s way and that this can mean that when something goes wrong during the course of their treatment, this can result in a parent, or loved one, feeling responsible.

We will always ensure that we navigate these types of claims with the greatest of sensitivity and will take into account whether it is possible that the parent themselves could also have a claim in their own right as a consequence of the events.

We will also ensure that we undertake a thorough investigation into not only the claim for the injury that has been sustained, and any psychological impact that this may have had on the child, or will potentially have on them as they age, but also for any future losses, including, if required, a care package, or lost earnings, among other things.

If your child has suffered an injury as a consequence of a delay in diagnosis, or during the course of treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Accident & Emergency/Paramedics

It is well documented in the media that the nature of the work of paramedics and medical practitioners in Accident & Emergency Departments is extremely stressful and is often delivered in a high pressure environment, with a significant number of patients requiring treatment for various types of injuries and illnesses on any one day.

That said, a patient is still owed a duty of care by the medical professional treating them and mistakes do happen.

When you are a victim of an Accident and Emergency practitioner’s mistake, whether through a missed, or misdiagnosis, among other things, this can have a massive impact on your health and wellbeing and on your life in general.

We understand that it is often the case that it is essential for a condition or injury to be diagnosed within a certain timeframe and that a failure to do this can result in a patient being denied the opportunity for the best possible outcome for their treatment.

Not only can this cause unnecessary pain and suffering, but can also have a knock-on effect on your and your family’s emotional and financial well-being.

We will ensure that comprehensive investigations are undertaken into every aspect of your claim and will strive to ensure that your recover the best possible settlement.

If you or your loved one has suffered medical negligence as a result of accident and emergency treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

General Practice

Your GP is often the only medical professional who you come into contact with on a regular basis and as such, you are likely to develop a much closer personal relationship with them than any other medics who provide you with treatment.

This can make it all the more difficult to deal with when you believe that you have suffered as a result of a negligent action by your GP.

We understand that you will have concerns about claiming against your GP and the impact this may have on your relationship with them, or your Surgery and will provide you with support and advice regarding this.

At McKeag & Co, we also understand that what can seem like an oversight or minor mistake on the part of your GP can have serious implications which can potentially impact on the rest of your life.

If you or your loved one has received negligent treatment from a GP, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Dentistry

Many people dislike going to the dentist, but the experience can be made so much worse if you have been the victim of a mistake in your treatment.

Our smile is one of the first things that people notice about us and this can make it even more difficult to deal with a mistake which you feel has altered your appearance in some way, no matter how minor.

In addition, many people now choose to undergo costly treatment to improve their teeth and this can make it even more difficult, and costly, if something goes wrong.

Not only are your teeth important to you from a cosmetic point of view, it is also important to have a healthy oral condition and functional bite in order to live your day to day life, from eating and drinking, to speaking clearly.

Errors in your dental treatment can have a detrimental effect on your emotional and physical well-being and it is important that the full extent of any injury is adequately investigated to ensure the maximum potential recovery, not only to compensate you for the injury that you have suffered, but also to ensure that it will be possible to carry out the remedial treatment necessary to improve your condition.

If you or a loved one has received negligent treatment from a Dentist, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Geriatrics/Care Home Negligence

It is a sad fact of life that as we age, we become less independent and more reliant upon medical treatment and at times can also need care which is provided on a residential basis.

There have been a number of high-publicity cases involving the care and mistreatment of elderly individuals in both hospitals and care homes. Often, in these cases, the treatment can either lead to the elderly person’s death, or can cause them unnecessary suffering in their final months, weeks and days.

At McKeag & Co, we have a strong belief that it is only through pursuing claims such as these, which may not be considered to be as ‘high value’ as other claims, that we can hold the medical profession to account and try to make sure that such incidents do not occur again in the future.

If you or an elderly relative or loved one have suffered unnecessarily as a consequence of negligence in their treatment, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com or click here to fill in our form.

Any Other Medical Speciality

Just because you have not been able to find a reference to the area of medicine that you have concerns about in our list, this does not mean that you do not have a claim.

Medicine is a vast subject with a number of specialisms and sub-specialisms and any medic, no matter how good they are generally, can sadly make a mistake which can have a devastating impact on your life.

With over 40 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence, McKeag & Co have come across a great many different types of claim, some from the more recognised areas of medicine, but others where treatment has been received from someone in a highly specialised area of medicine.

Whatever the type of medical negligence that you or your loved one believe they have experienced, we will be happy to discuss this with you further free of charge. Please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com, or click here to fill in our form.

Dispensing Errors

If you have been given the wrong medication by your pharmacist, you may well have a viable claim.

At McKeag & Co, we have experience in dealing with a number of these types of claims, even where the damage or problems caused have been only transient.

If you would like to discuss a potential claim against your pharmacist further, please contact us on 0191 213 1010 / clinicalnegligence@mckeagandcp.com, or using the form below for a free initial assessment of your claim.

Vaccine Damage (Pandemrix®)

URGENT! ACT NOW!

6 million people were prescribed Pandemrix during the 2009/2010 swine flu outbreak and a link has now been established between this vaccine and narcolepsy.

A significant number of people are thought to be affected by this drug, so if you, or a family member have developed narcolepsy as a result, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Compensation can be claimed via 2 routes:

Via the Department for Work & Pensions Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme
From Glaxosmithkline (GSK), the manufacturers of the vaccine.

YOU ONLY HAVE A LIMITED TIME TO CLAIM, SO CONTACT OUR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE DEPARTMENT NOW FOR A FREE, NO OBLIGATION ASSESSMENT OF YOUR CLAIM on 0191 213 1010, clinicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com.

Or Click here to fill in our form.

 

Fatal injuries/Inquests

When someone has died as a result of a medical accident, we understand that no amount of compensation can ever make up for what has happened. We also understand that it can be extremely important for the person’s loved ones to get answers about how their death could possibly have come about and to receive reassurances that similar mistakes will not be made in the future.

In a claim for medical negligence which has resulted in a death can proceed on 2 bases:

1. Fatal Accidents Act 1976

If it can be shown that the negligence caused, or materially contributed to the death, then we can pursue a claim under the Fatal Accidents Act. This claim will be for bereavement damages, which are a fixed statutory sum of £12,980 and can only be recovered by either a surviving spouse, or the parents of a child under 18; funeral expenses and any future losses which can be shown to have arisen as a consequence of the death (known as a dependency claim), for example for the loss of earnings, or services which the Deceased could have been expected to have provided, had they survived.

2. Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934

Irrespective of whether or not a negligent act has caused an individual’s death, it is also possible to pursue a separate claim for the benefit of their estate under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934.

This claim will be for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that the Deceased endured between the date of the negligent event and their subsequent death. It will also include a claim for any financial losses sustained by the Estate as a consequence of these injuries, for example, the need to receive care and assistance, travel expenses, or loss of earnings.In order to proceed with a claim for a loved one who has passed away, it is important to obtain either a Grant of Probate (where the Deceased left a will), or Letters of Administration, where no will was made, in order to give power to their Executor or Administrator (depending on whether or not there was a will) to act on their behalf.

If you have lost a loved one as a result of medical negligence and would like some advice on obtaining either a Grant of Probate, or Letters of Administration, please contact our Wills & Probate Department on 0191 213 1010, via e mail to lucy.girdlestone@mckeagandco.com, or click here to fill in our form.

Where a death has arisen as a consequence of a medical accident, it is fairly common for an Inquest to be held to try and determine the cause of the person’s death.

Here at McKeag & Co, we have experience of representing Clients at Inquest and will be happy to provide information regarding this process, and consider providing pro bono (free) representation at inquest, in order to assist the bereaved family.

If you have lost a loved one as a result of medical negligence in their treatment and would like some free advice on your options and whether or not you have a claim, please contact us on 0191 213 1010, medicalnegligence@mckeagandco.com, or click here to fill in our form.

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