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Failure to diagnose and treat meningitis

If meningitis is not diagnosed or treated swiftly it can lead to a lifelong disability including brain damage, hearing loss, amputation and unfortunately in some instances the loss of a family member. Delay in diagnosis or treatment can have devastating consequences.

It is vital that treating health professionals have a high degree of suspicion for the symptoms of meningitis, given the potential life-changing outcome that can occur if adequate treatment is not provided as a matter of urgency.

Why bring a claim

If you or a member of your family has been left with a life-changing condition, future financial security enables you to access the provision of adequate support and services which may otherwise be unavailable to you.  Compensation will enable you to maximise your future potential.

A claim for damages, depending upon the injury, may be significant and can include a claim for care, therapies and medical treatment, loss of earnings, accommodation and/or modifications to the home, assistive technology as well as other losses tailored to your needs.

Where the negligent care results in the loss of a family member, compensation can never change events but is there to support other family members, particularly those who may have been financially dependent upon that individual.

How we can help

We can give you with an early indication as to whether a claim for damages is likely to be successful and can provide an initial free case review.

We will seek an early admission of liability to ensure you have access to funds to help purchase care, equipment and any other support that is needed as early as possible.

Following an admission of liability we will seek to ensure your claim for damages is fully explored to maximise the amount of compensation that you are entitled to.

Our support extends beyond the lifetime of a case; we can provide advice in areas such as education and Court of Protection when required.

Our meningitis team

Our team of experienced lawyers specialise in meningitis and sepsis claims which can be complex and challenging. We have successfully pursued claims for damages for many families who have been through similar experiences to you.  We know how important it is that the team acting on your behalf will ensure the best outcome for you and your family following the traumatic events you have been through.

We work closely with other meningitis support organisations to ensure we provide a high level of support and contacts for all the families we act for.  As part of our commitment in this area, two members of our team are trained business mentors for the Meningitis Now Believe & Achieve programme, helping to provide support to rebuild lives.

LIFE CHANGING STORY

Amelie’s story: Meningitis
Frequently asked questions
How long will my claim take?

All claims are different and this depends upon when a final prognosis is known and a claim can be valued.

Once we obtain an admission of liability in your case we can request an immediate payment to help with your needs and put support in place.

What will the first steps be?

We will discuss your circumstances at a time and place to suit you – in person, at your home or on the telephone. We can request your medical records at the outset free of charge.  Once we have reviewed your records we can advise you further and appoint suitable experts to provide their opinion on your potential claim.

Will I have to go to court?

Medical negligence claims rarely go to court, with only a small percentage of the more complex cases ending up there. However, in the unlikely event that your case reaches court, we will be by your side throughout the process.

 

When will be damages be paid?

As soon as we possibly can, we will obtain an early payment for you to support any immediate financial needs you have.  This can help you obtain care, therapy, accommodation and rehabilitation. The sooner you investigate a potential claim the sooner an early payment can be made if you are successful.

 

What can I claim for?

The aim of compensation is to put you in the financial position you would have been in had it not been for the injury/negligence in question. We recognise that this is sometimes impossible, but we can work with you and the best experts to ensure all your needs are assessed and costed to help you transform your life for the better, and to give you financial security for the future. 

 

How much is my claim worth?

It is difficult to advise upon the value of your claim at the outset given the complexity of the issues involved.  However, if you have sustained a life changing injury then damages are likely to be substantial.  Once the correct expert evidence is obtained and when a final prognosis is known we can advise you further.  Our role is to maximise the compensation you receive and we specialise in doing so.

Are there any time limits to pursue a claim?

It is important to pursue your claim as quickly as possible due to time limits and to also enable us to help you obtain compensation as soon as possible. This is especially the case in complex cases as the process can be lengthy.

You have to start your claim within 3-years (limitation period) from when the injury occurred or when you first became aware of any potential negligence or injury as a result.  However, the time limit only begins when a child reaches 18 years of age.

For someone who lacks capacity to pursue any litigation, the 3-year time period may never start to run although capacity can return or be intermittent.

You should always seek legal advice upon the relevant limitation period in your circumstances.

 

Will my claim be reported in the press?

We will always respect your right to privacy wherever possible.  Sometimes, clients want details of any settlement to be made public or there may be publicity surrounding the case in certain circumstances.  If this occurs we can support you in managing any contact with the media to ensure you are in control of any publicity that occurs.

 

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