We have news! Last week, one of our Ten Legal Solicitors – Chris Davies – secured a fantastic medical negligence payout of £425,000 for his client.
David John Smith, from Stockport, sadly passed away after an error in his medical paperwork meant he did not receive adequate care following a double kidney transplant. Mr Smith was given kidneys infected with Cytomegalovirus (CMV) during his transplant – which can be lethal for high-risk patients if not treated properly.
The error in his medical paperwork meant there was no record of this in his aftercare notes, and Mr Smith did not receive the medical assistance he needed. It is believed that this treatment would have likely saved his life.
Why was Mr Smith’s medical negligence payout so high?
Statistics show that the average medical negligence payout in the UK is around £50,000. Mr Smith’s claim was successful and compensation was awarded in the sum of £425,000 – more than eight times higher than the national average.
When deciding how much compensation each claimant will receive, the courts will consider many factors such as the severity and type of injury occurred, as well as medical costs, loss of earnings etc. As the medical negligence Mr Smith faced resulted in his death, the courts would have felt that that a significant compensation sum was owed.
How much is my medical negligence claim worth?
We are often asked by clients to predict what sort of medical negligence payout they can expect to receive if they pursue a claim. It is hard to give a definite answer as each case is unique. Just like every medical condition presents differently from one person to the next, each medical negligence claim is unlikely to be exactly the same.
Each claim can range from anywhere between £1,000 to upwards of £1 million. What we can say for sure is, the amount of medical negligence compensation paid out by the NHS in 2021/2022 amounted to £2.4 billion.
If you would like a better understanding of how much your medical negligence claim may be worth, you can discuss this during a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialist solicitors.
Can family make a claim on behalf of a deceased person?
Absolutely. Just like in Mr Smith’s case, there are certain instances when medical negligence can lead to the death of a patient. When these sad circumstances arise, the family of the victim have every right to seek justice and compensation for the loss of a loved one. Afterall, the family often suffer both emotionally and financially as a result of the negligence that has occurred.
After Mr Smith’s death, his family reached out to Ten Legal Solicitors to take on a medical negligence claim on his behalf. We are very happy to have secured such a significant sum for the family and hope the accountability and settlement received will help to bring some closure at this difficult time.
How do I start my medical negligence claim?
Legally, you have 3 years from when the negligence occurred (or from when you became aware of your injuries) to pursue a medical negligence claim. We take on all cases on a no win, no fee basis.
If you believe you have a case, we welcome you to email our medical negligence specialist – Chris Davies – for a no-obligation chat, at firstname.lastname@example.org