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Have you been the victim of medical negligence?
If you think that you or a loved one may have suffered a medical accident due to a lack of care the first step is to contact us and tell us what happened. JMK Solicitors can offer you an initial free consultation which will give us a good idea if you have a case. Once we take your case on, we will review all the evidence and ask a medical expert for their opinion on whether or not you have received negligent medical treatment. We can also advise you whether you should make a complaint.
How much will it cost me to take a medical accident case and who will have to pay these costs?
Our initial consultation is free!
We may also be able to offer you the option of our ‘After The Event’ insurance policy.
A non-refundable insurance premium is payable to commence a medical negligence case, and we will discuss this fully with you before taking any action in your case.
Providing that we believe that your case is likely to be successful, the ‘After The Event’ policy will cover your legal costs, even if you are unsuccessful.
If you are successful and the medical organisation or practitioner agrees or is ordered to pay compensation, then they will have to pay costs as well.
If we think that your case is unlikely to succeed, we will tell you and the insurance provider immediately. It will then be your decision whether to withdraw your claim, or to continue at your own expense.
Will I have to go to court?
We at JMK Solicitors will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. At times it may be better to lodge a complaint or it can be best to settle your case with the at-fault medical body or their insurers which would not require you to go to court. However, there are times especially in the most serious cases when it’s in the best interest of you the client to proceed to court in order to obtain the best possible compensation. We will advise you on the best course of action at the time.
How much does it cost to make a claim, and who pays?
Our initial consultation is free and in fact, JMK Solicitors are the only solicitors in Northern Ireland who, as far as we are aware, are able to offer you an insurance policy which gives protection against the financial risks of bringing a claim for compensation for personal injury and other losses. This policy covers not just your opponent’s costs, but also your own costs in the event that they cannot be recovered from another party. We believe that we are the only firm who offer any kind of legal costs cover on a complimentary basis – which means that, unlike other firms, when JMK Solicitors provide this insurance to you, you will never be asked to pay for it from any compensation awarded.
Call JMK Solicitors now on 028 9032 0222 for eligibility criteria and to find out more about this product.
How long will it take to resolve my medical negligence case?
In general, it can take longer to settle this type of personal injury case due to what are often complex medical issues. We can guarantee that we will attempt to complete your case within the minimum time possible; we would estimate that on average this type of case could take 3-4 years, but this is entirely dependent on the circumstances.
What is my next step?
”Our Client, a high school pupil, consulted us in late 2010 following receipt of medical treatment provided by a local A & E department when she was sent home without proper investigation of severe abdominal pain and suspected appendicitis. This resulted in her suffering a perforated appendix which required complex emergency surgery, a prolonged hospital stay and scarring. This also impacted upon our client’s studies at a crucial time. We were delighted to successfully establish that the delay in treatment to our client fell short of the standard expected from the hospital and the doctor and that this caused our client’s injury, which resulted in the case settling in her favour for a five-figure sum in late 2013.Emergency surgery, a prolonged hospital stay and scarring