Nerve damage can you leave you with significant pain and, in some cases, can have a long-term effect on your health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, nerve damage not only occurs after an accident but can also be the result of a mistake made by a medical professional, such as surgical error. If you have suffered nerve damage due to medical negligence, then our dedicated team are on hand to help you put things right.
Claiming nerve damage compensation can help you to pay for medical treatment, replace lost income for time you have been forced to take off work as well as covering other expenses such as travel costs.
Our medical negligence solicitors have over 30 years of experience representing clients who have suffered nerve damage in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Bridgend, so we are well placed to help you pursue a nerve damage compensation claim in South Wales.
Why choose Devonalds for your nerve damage claim?
Our dedicated team have substantial experience in helping people successfully claim compensation for nerve damage across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Bridgend. We’ve built up a strong connection with our local community while doing so and many members of our team were born and bred in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area.
You will work closely with a member of our team who will be on hand to guide you through your case and answer any questions you may have without any legal jargon. If you choose to use Devonalds, you can be sure that you will receive the tailored personal service that you deserve.
We appreciate that most people would prefer to avoid court proceedings, which is why our team strive to use alternative methods to help you claim compensation for your nerve damage claim. Securing an out-of-court settlement will allow you to get the compensation you need quickly, with lower legal fees and less stress.
Speak to us about starting a nerve damage negligence claim today
For a friendly, informal discussion about whether you are entitled to nerve damage compensation, please contact your local team in Bridgend, Pontypridd, Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Treorchy or Tylorstown.
How nerve damage compensation claims work
Starting a claim for nerve damage compensation
If you have suffered nerve damage as a result of medical negligence, it can be hard to know what to do or how to make a claim for compensation. We will make sure to advise you from the outset about the process, your relative chances of success and how much compensation you are likely to receive.
We offer a free initial consultation to go over your case in detail and answer any further questions you may have about the process. Please be assured that you will be under no pressure to pursue a claim with us after this meeting. We want you to be entirely comfortable that you are making the right choice for your personal situation.
No win, no fee nerve damage claims
Most of our clients work with us under a ‘conditional fee agreement, commonly known as a ‘no win, no fee’ deal. This means that we can advise and represent you without you having to pay any upfront fees for our services.
Our legal fees will only apply if we secure compensation for you, giving you the security that you will not owe us anything if your claim is unsuccessful. Should your claim succeed, some or even all of your legal fees may be paid by the other side, meaning that there is no financial risk in pursuing a claim.
Proving your nerve damage was caused by medical negligence
To pursue a claim, we will need to prove that your nerve damage was caused by the negligence of a medical professional. Doing so will typically mean relying on various types of evidence, such as:
- Medical records such as risk assessments
- Testimony from independent medical experts
- Witness testimony
Our experienced team know exactly what evidence is required to build a strong claim, and how to present this information effectively. This means that we can give you the best chance of securing an early settlement or a positive outcome if your case reaches court.
Valuing your nerve damage claim
The value of your claim is likely to be one of the key factors if you are deciding whether to pursue a claim or not. Valuing how much compensation you are entitled to is referred to as ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’. This involves an overview of all the ways in which your nerve damage has had a negative impact on your life.
Compensation for nerve damage can cover a wide range of issues, including:
- The cost of medical treatment, specialist care & equipment
- Lost income if you need to take time off or give up work
- Pain and suffering
- Travel costs and other expenses
- Loss of amenity i.e. not being able to carry out activities you/your loved one would otherwise have enjoyed
- Providing for your/your loved one’s future financial independence
Time limits for nerve damage compensation claims
You will usually have three years to make a claim from the date your nerve damage occurred, or when you first became aware of it. However, there may be exceptions to this general rule where you have longer to claim.
If you are claiming on behalf of someone who is under 18, you will have until they turn 18 to bring forward the claim. Once the claimant turns 18, they will have until their 21st birthday to pursue a claim. If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to pursue their claim, for example if they have suffered a brain injury, then there is usually no time limit.
Reaching an out-of-court settlement for nerve damage
Our team have strong expertise in using negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to reach a settlement without the need to enter court proceedings.
This can save you from the stress and uncertainty that comes from having to take a claim to court, as well as allowing you to access compensation faster with lower legal fees.
Taking a claim to court
In the unlikely case that court proceedings are required to get you fair compensation, we can provide you with robust representation for your hearing.
We will be with you every step of the way, making sure that your case is effectively prepared to give you the best possible chance of a positive outcome. Our team will also be there to provide you with the close personal support you need at this time, keeping you informed about the likely outcome of your case.
Managing compensation for a nerve damage claim
It’s vital that you carefully manage your compensation if your claim is successful. We can work alongside you to make sure that your short and long-term needs are fully met, taking your personal situation into consideration.
For example, claiming compensation may affect your access to means-tested benefits, so we can advise you on placing funds into a personal injury trust.
Common questions about nerve damage claims
What counts as nerve damage?
Nerve damage is a common occurrence, particularly after certain operations, such as back, hip or knee surgery and hernia repairs. You may have suffered from nerve damage if you have experienced any of the following symptoms:
- Shooting pains
- Tingling sensations
- Feeling hot and cold
- Muscle weakness
We can work with you to clarify whether your symptoms were caused by errors that another competent medical professional would not have made in the same circumstances.
How long does it take to get compensation?
We will always strive to get you the compensation you deserve and quickly and efficiently as possible. However, reaching a settlement is not always straightforward and could take several years in some situations.
We will always be clear about the likely timeframes involved in your case, so you have a realistic idea of what to expect. If you are in urgent need of funds to meet your needs, then we may be able to arrange interim payments while your claim is still ongoing.
How do interim payments work?
We may be able to secure interim payments where the healthcare provider responsible for your nerve damage admits liability.
This could apply in situations where the total amount of compensation you are due to receive has not yet been decided. Interim payments can then give you access to medical treatment avoiding the risk of your care being compromised by a lack of funds.
Will I get an apology?
We cannot guarantee that you will receive an apology, even if are successful in claiming compensation for you. However, we know how important it is to have mistakes in the care you received acknowledged, so we will always strive to secure an apology where possible.
Start a nerve damage compensation claim
For a friendly, informal discussion about whether you or a loved one is entitled to pursue a nerve damage compensation claim, please contact your local Devonalds team in Bridgend, Pontypridd, Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Treorchy or Tylorstown.