We've got your brain injury claim covered
In the UK, approximately 130,000 people are admitted to hospital each year due to suffering from a brain injury. These injuries generally occur due to an accident involving damage to the head. Unfortunately, there are also cases in which mistakes made by medical professionals can lead to brain injuries. In these circumstances, our specialist medical negligence experts are here to guide you on your journey to compensation.
Brain injuries can vary from life-altering changes where individuals require constant medical care, to more subtle injuries affecting an individual’s mental well being and cognition. At Patient Claim Line, we are determined to support all cases that we believe have grounds for a claim. No matter the severity of your brain injury, if you have suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is vital that your case is fully explored and compensated.
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What is a brain injury compensation claim?
Medical negligence may result in brain injury when mistakes are made or when procedures are not followed correctly. For example, there have been cases in which health professionals have failed to diagnose conditions, provided an incorrect diagnosis or where surgery has been performed in a negligent manner.
We know how devastating a brain injury can be to both you and your loved ones. Let our dedicated medical negligence team take the stress out of the claims process. With over 30 years’ experience in brain injury cases, we have our best legal advisors ready to help you achieve the compensation and treatment you deserve.
If your brain injury was caused or was contributed to by a medical error, or the improper treatment carried out by a medical professional, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Types of brain injury compensation claims we deal with
Brain injuries as a result of medical negligence are commonly caused by:
- Failure to properly investigate symptoms such as an episode of sudden loss of vision which has led to strokes
- Delayed caesarean sections which led to brain damage of a baby due to deprivation of oxygen during delivery
- A delay in brain tumour diagnosis or a delay in treatment
- A failure to treat an ear, nose or throat (ENT) infection
- A failure to diagnose and treat inflammation of the brain
Is there a time limit on claiming compensation for a brain injury?
The time limit for making a compensation claim is generally three years from the ‘date of knowledge’ which refers to the date in which you first became aware that a medical mistake had been made which caused or worsened the condition of your brain injury. Individuals sometimes notice that a mistake has been made immediately, however, for others they may not realise for a significant period of time. The ‘date of knowledge’ accounts for this.
If you or the person affected is, or was, under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, the time limit is three years from their 18th birthday. This means that claims must be made prior to their 21st birthday.
However, we recommend that the sooner you can make a claim, the better as this gives your lawyers plenty of time to collect evidence and put forward the strongest case possible to give you the best chance of receiving compensation.
For individuals who do not hold the mental capacity to put forward a claim for their brain injury, there can be no time limits, however, it is important to seek legal advice on this. In circumstances where the affected person does not have the capacity to look after their own affairs, a ‘Litigation Friend’ can be appointed to make a claim on behalf of the person affected.
How can Patient Claim Line help with brain injury claims?
Our medical negligence solicitors are here to ensure that you are supported through every step of your brain injury claim. We understand that these injuries can often result in individuals being unable to work which can often lead to financial hardships. To help ease financial difficulties arising during the claims process, we strive to secure interim payments. Interim payments are sometimes available once the people responsible for your brain injury admit fault earlier on in the process. These payments can help pay for rehabilitation and settling any financial burdens quicker than expected.
We also operate on a No Win No Fee basis meaning that you will not be required to make any upfront payments and if your case is unsuccessful, there will be no financial penalties.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Medical Misdiagnosis claim?
Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts
Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.
It's not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.
Meet the team
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation
Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.
Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.
Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor
Having joined Patient Claim Line in 2017, Bilal is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor with extensive experience in the medical negligence field. He has recently qualified as an internationally and nationally accredited mediator, recognised by the Civil Mediation Council, International Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bilal has been recognised for his excellent client work, having received the ‘Customer Award’ at our annual awards evening.
Having had continuous exposure to medical negligence claims throughout his career, Bilal has developed a large skillset, enabling him to bring matters to time-efficient, amicable solutions. Bilal completes a formal assessment of each case and strategically plans the progression of the case, ensuring all cases within his team run smoothly and that our customers receive the justice they deserve.
Bilal was also the recipient of the Customer Feedback Champion award in 2019.
Medical Negligence Solicitor
Jennifer joined the team in 2018 with a wealth of experience of working in Medical Negligence in several firms across the North of England. As a Solicitor, Jennifer has an in-depth knowledge of the law and a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim. She works efficiently to achieve the best outcome for her customers. She has a wide range of experience within Medical Negligence and has particular expertise in delayed diagnoses of cancer, shoulder and eye injuries.
Senior Litigation Executive
Admitted to the roll of Solicitors in 2016, Kate is a Senior Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. She handles cases through to settlement or issuing. Within the team she is responsible for corresponding with customers and experts to ensure cases are conducted in a proactive and effective manner. Kate provides support and guidance to the team to deliver an outstanding service to our customers.
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