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We provide a range of legal guides and resources. While no substitute for advice from our experts, these guides will help you to understand your rights and navigate a claim, if you choose to progress with one.

 

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Medical Negligence

A guide to medical negligence cases

A guide to medical negligence cases

This guide contains information about medical negligence cases.

Compensation claims for breast cancer misdiagnosis and negligence

Compensation claims for breast cancer misdiagnosis and negligence

Speak to our medical negligence solicitors about starting a claim for breast cancer compensation. No win, no fee available.

How to make a complaint about medical treatment or hospital care

How to make a complaint about medical treatment or hospital care

Read our guide to making a complaint about hospital treatment or medical care.

Guide to brachial plexus injury, klumpke palsy and erb’s palsy

Guide to brachial plexus injury, klumpke palsy and erb’s palsy

In this guide we explain the difference between brachial plexus injuries, Klumpke Palsy and Erb's Palsy

Time limits for medical negligence claims

Time limits for medical negligence claims

For most medical negligence claims, there's a time limit of three years to bring legal action, but there are some exceptions. Find out if you can start a claim.

What is duty of candour?

What is duty of candour?

In this legal guide, we outline the obligations placed upon medical professionals to be honest when mistakes are made – and what can happen if they fail to do so.

What is gross negligence manslaughter?

What is gross negligence manslaughter?

In this guide, we look at what gross negligence manslaughter is, how to prove it has happened, and how it is different from medical negligence. Read more here.

What is causation in medical negligence?

What is causation in medical negligence?

In this guide, we explain what causation means, its significance in medical negligence claims and how it is proved. Read more here.

Guide to common hospital acquired infections

Guide to common hospital acquired infections

Infections can spread quickly in healthcare settings. Read this guide to learn more about hospital acquired infections and how to make a claim.

A guide to cancer misdiagnosis claims

A guide to cancer misdiagnosis claims

Thompsons Solicitors has a successful track record of helping people who have suffered a cancer misdiagnosis to get compensation. Learn how we can help you.

A guide to hernia mesh claims

A guide to hernia mesh claims

In this guide, we look at how and why hernia mesh is used and what to do if you suffer complications following surgery. Read more on hernia mesh here.

Medical negligence facts and figures

Medical negligence facts and figures

We are lucky that most medical treatments in the UK are of a high standard however, mistakes can - and do - happen. Learn more about medical negligence statistics in our infographic.

What is medical negligence?

What is medical negligence?

What is classed as medical negligence? Which types of medical negligence can I claim for? Read more and learn how to make a claim by reading our guide.

What to do if you’ve had a delayed diagnosis

What to do if you’ve had a delayed diagnosis

Delayed diagnosis can cause devastating consequences for you and your loved ones. Our medical negligence expert discusses what you should do. Read more.

Guide to childbirth tears

Guide to childbirth tears

What are childbirth tears? Read our guide to the degrees of childbirth tears and what to do should you suffer a perineal tear during labour.

Misdiagnoses: the stats

Misdiagnoses: the stats

Medical misdiagnosis is both worrying and potentially harmful to your long-term health. Learn more about medical misdiagnoses and your rights here.

Mesh implant facts

Mesh implant facts

Learn the facts about mesh implants, from their problems to the potential side effects, and what you can do if you have experienced mesh complications.

Fatalities – the effect death has on a claim for compensation

Fatalities – the effect death has on a claim for compensation

This factsheet provides information for families of people who have died as a result of medical negligence, including how Thompsons could support their claim.

Brain injury glossary factsheet

Brain injury glossary factsheet

Our glossary explains the different types of brain injury that can occur following a blow to the head. Find out more about them here.

Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) surgery health risks: Factsheet

Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) surgery health risks: Factsheet

We can help you make a medical negligence claim if your TVT surgery has left you in pain or discomfort. Call 0800 0 224 224 to start your claim today.

Patient recall: factsheet

Patient recall: factsheet

Click to read our factsheet for more information on what to do should you receive a patient recall letter from the NHS. Find out more in our FAQ.

Mr Ian Paterson – breast surgery errors

Mr Ian Paterson – breast surgery errors

The breast surgeon Mr Ian Paterson put his patients' lives at risk by using a controversial and unapproved medical technique. Click to learn more.

Hospital errors during preparation for surgery

Hospital errors during preparation for surgery

You can make a compensation claim for hospital errors that were made during surgery preparation. Read our medical negligence guide here.

Diabetes and amputation: what are the risks?

Diabetes and amputation: what are the risks?

If you are diabetic and have recently had an amputation then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Find out more in our dedicated guide.