Medical Negligence Solicitors

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

The highest-rated medical negligence solicitors in Bristol

When you’ve been the victim of medical negligence, it can leave you feeling distressed and uncertain. Sometimes, patients are unsure if what they experienced was medical negligence or “just one of those things”. For other patients, the effects of medical negligence can have a devastating effect, but they’re at a loss as how best to resolve the situation.
At Patient Claim Line, we understand the stress and devastation a medical error can cause. Our friendly legal advisors are medical negligence specialists and will guide you through every step of your claim to ensure you get the result you deserve. We’re the highest-rated medical negligence solicitors on TrustPilot because we handle your case with care and compassion, and fight for the compensation you are entitled to.
Our award-winning solicitors work with you on a No Win, No Fee basis. We have helped hundreds of people secure compensation across the whole of Bristol. Our highly experienced team has settled successful cases against GPs, hospitals and care homes, and helped people who have suffered avoidable pain and distress whilst undergoing dental, optical or surgical procedures. No matter where you are in Bristol, or the nature of your claim, we work with you to get the result you need to rebuild your life.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence happens when a medical professional fails to deliver the expected standard of care. This can happen at any time during the medical process; from an initial consultation with a GP to receiving ongoing treatment or undergoing surgery. Whatever the circumstances, if you have been let down or left suffering due to negligent care, you may be entitled to make a claim. As experts with over 25 years in medical negligence we will discuss your individual circumstances to get a full picture of your case. Find out more about medical negligence here.

How do I bring a medical negligence claim against a Bristol hospital or trust?

If you think you have a right to compensation, please call us for free legal advice. We will talk through your case and assess if you have a claim. If we proceed, your claim will be handled on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront. Our expert medical negligence solicitors have bought cases against trusts throughout Bristol and will talk you through the process, working on your behalf to get the compensation and care you deserve. Find out more about the Medical Negligence Claims Process.

How much compensation could I claim against a Bristol hospital or GP?

According to a recent report, Bristol hospitals pay £13 million a year in negligence insurance costs (source: Bristol Post).The amount of compensation you are rewarded depends on the various factors,; including the complexity and severity of your injury or experience. In order to qualify for a compensation claim, it must first be proven that medical negligence did occur, and that it was specifically this negligence which caused a worsening of your condition that was otherwise avoidable.
Every case is different which means the amount of compensation will be too. In some cases, the nature of the injury or injuries can be complex and progressive. Our client was awarded £22,500 from University Hospital’s Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust after her baby suffered a brain injury during his birth. Our client then went on to develop a depressive disorder as a result of the trauma. At Patient Claim Line we work hard to understand every detail of your case to ensure we get the maximum compensation you are owed.

We’ve helped hundreds of people in Bristol since 2014

We have successfully secured compensation for victims of medical negligence across various Trusts in Bristol. Our experienced solicitors have settled cases arising from a range of medical procedures, including cosmetic surgery, dental treatment and childbirth. Medical negligence care can happen during routine appointments, surgical procedures or treatment of serious diseases like cancer. We have settled successful cases against GPs, hospitals, care homes and pharmacies. We treat every case with compassion, working hard to get the compensation you are entitled to.

No win no fee medical negligence advice in Bristol

If you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, the last thing you should be concerned with is expensive legal fees. At Patient Claim Line we believe everyone has the right to quality legal representation, justice and compensation if they have suffered following negligent care. Our No Win No Fee approach means that if we don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay a penny – providing you have complied with every step of the process. If your case is successful, we will take a small percentage. This will have been previously agreed with you and we will be fair and transparent from the beginning.

Contact a solicitor that serves your area in Bristol

Our solicitors represent claimants nationwide and have experience in bringing claims against NHS Trusts and private clinics in Bristol, including:
● Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (Mental Health)
● North Bristol NHS Trust (Acute)
● South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (Ambulance)
● University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (Acute)
● Weston Area Health NHS Trust (Acute)
● Bristol Community Partnership (Community Health)
● North Somerset Community Partnership (CIC)
● One Care Consortium
● Sirona Care & Health (CIC)

Claim types covered

Our expert team have successfully settled cases across a number of different specialisms, including (but not limited to):

Why choose our expert medical negligence solicitors in Bristol?

With over 100 expert solicitors and 400 years combined legal expertise we are confident that we will bring some of the best legal minds in the industry to your case. We’re owned by leading UK law firm, Fletchers, and are the highest-rated medical negligence specialists on TrustPilot. We win cases because we listen to our clients and have the skills, experience and friendly approach to see your claim through.

What our customers say about our Bristol medical negligence solicitors?

“I was very impressed with the speed and thoroughness of the initial stages of my claim. Everything was arranged promptly, everything that it was necessary for me to know was explained to me in detail. I have a contact number and can be in touch with those handling my medical negligence case whenever I feel the need.”


– Patient Claim Line Customer

Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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Sarah's Story

"Now we have peace of mind"

My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.