Funding Medical Negligence Claims
When thinking about claiming compensation for medical negligence, it is normal to have concerns about the costs involved and how you will cover them. Fortunately, there are various options available to fund a medical negligence claim which do not require you to find the money upfront to cover the various costs involved.
This means that, if you experienced negligent medical treatment, you should be able to start a claim, no matter your financial situation.
We want to make sure that worries about funding your claim are never a reason for you to put off making a claim when you are entitled to, the following information is intended to give an overview of the various options for funding a claim and the costs involved.
For more information about starting a medical negligence claim, please get in touch to arrange a free, no-obligation initial consultation by calling 01253 766 559 or by completing this form.
For more information about starting a medical negligence claim, complete the form below.
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Funding options for medical negligence claims
There are various options for funding a claim, with our team representing most of our clients on a no win, no fee basis. This means there is normally no upfront cost to start a claim and no cost to you if your claim does not succeed.
No win, no fee medical negligence claims
Also known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’, this type of arrangement means you only pay our fees and the other costs associated with your claim if we manage to secure compensation for you. There is no cost to you to start a no win, no fee medical negligence claim and no financial risk because, if your claim fails, you will not owe us anything.
In the event of a successful claim, our fees will often be recovered from the defendant through a costs order. In addition we will recover from your damages a modest precentage.
Legal aid for medical negligence claims
Legal Aid was withdrawn by the UK government for most types of clinical negligence claims in April 2013. However, Legal Aid funding is still available for some birth injury claims depending on the circumstances.
Unfortunately, we no longer offer Legal Aid funding as we prefer to be free to select our own medical experts.
Legal expenses insurance funding for medical negligence claims
Some people choose to fund their claim using legal expenses insurance. This is a type of cover many people have as an optional extra with their home insurance, car insurance or other type of insurance policy. Legal expenses insurance is also sometimes offered with bank accounts and credit cards.
Whether using legal expenses insurance to fund your claim is the best option will depend on your circumstances. We will be happy to discuss this with you during your initial consultation so you can make the right choice for you.
Costs involved in making a medical negligence claim
There are three main costs you will ultimately need to consider when making a medical negligence claim:
1) Solicitor’s fees – we will explain our fee structure during your initial meeting with our team so you have a clear picture of how these costs work.
2) Disbursements – these are the fees paid to third-parties, such as medical experts and other legal experts, as well as court fees and miscellaneous costs.
3) Legal expenses insurance – this covers against the possibility of being required to cover the defendant’s legal costs in the event that your claim does not succeed.
We will make sure all of the costs involved in making a medical negligence claim are clearly explained to you at the outset. We will then keep your regularly updated about the time we have spent and the associated costs as your case progresses, so you always stay on top of the costs involved in your case.
Start a medical negligence compensation claim now
To start a birth injury claim or any other type of medical negligence claim today, or for more information, you can get in touch with our team by calling 01253 766 559 or by completing the form below.