Meningitis Claims

Delay in diagnosis of meningitis can have a devastating impact and through our wealth of experience and success in handling these claims, can provide the empathetic but highly practical support you need to secure a fair outcome for you and your loved ones.

We will offer a clear assessment of your claim’s strength at the outset, allowing you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed and helping to avoid the risk of you settling your claim for less than it may truly be worth.

Why Wolferstans

  • No Win, No Fee

    No Win, No Fee

    We have various funding options available which means you will not usually have to use any of your own money to start a claim.

  • Award Winning Experts

    Award Winning Experts

    We are a team of highly accredited specialists who have been recognised in various prestigious awards for our commitment to our clients.

  • High Success Rates

    High Success Rates

    We have secured substantial settlements for our clients over the years and place a focus on settling claims without the need for a court hearing.

What Happens Next?

We understand that you or your loved one may have experienced a life changing event and may be feeling let down by trusted professionals. We are here to rebuild your trust from the outset. The process will begin with a dedicated Client Services Coordinator who will provide you with an expert initial assessment service by whichever means you feel most comfortable with.

From here, our specialist screening panel will discuss the details of your claim and provide an honest assessment of whether your claim justifies further investigation.

The thoroughness of our initial steps results in good prospects of success. We will keep you well-informed from the outset and ensure you are allocated to the legal professional most qualified to bring you a successful claim.

Common questions about meningitis negligence claims

If you are making a claim for meningitis negligence that affected you, there is normally a 3-year time limit to bring a claim.

However, if you are making a claim on behalf of a child affected by meningitis negligence, you will generally have until their 18th birthday to bring a claim. After this, they will have a further 3 years (until their 21st birthday) to bring a claim of their own.

  • If making a claim for a loved one without the mental capacity to bring a claim of their own, there is usually no time limit to do so.
  • If a loved one has died as a result of negligent treatment of meningitis, their next of kin or representatives of their estate will usually have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.

Knowing which time limit applies to your circumstances and whether there is still time to make a claim can be complicated. We therefore recommend speaking to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors as soon as possible, even if a number of years have passed since the negligence occurred.

This will be determined by the seriousness of the injuries caused as a result of meningitis negligence and the impact this has had on the lifestyle of the person affected. In the most serious cases, where lifelong care will be needed, the value of a meningitis negligence claim can be very substantial.

Compensation for negligent treatment of meningitis is normally split into two types of damages:

Special damages – For specific financial losses incurred up to the date of settlement. This will typically include things like paying for private treatment and care support, buying special equipment and replacing lost earnings.

General damages – For non-financial losses (such as pain and suffering and lifestyle changes) plus expected future financial losses (e.g. paying for ongoing care).

If the person affected by meningitis negligence is unable to bring a claim themselves, either because they lack the mental capacity or because they are a child, you may be able to do so for them by acting as their ‘litigation friend’.

A litigation friend has the legal right to make decisions about the case on behalf of the claimant. To become someone’s litigation friend, you will need to apply to a court and show that you are a suitable person or are acting as their deputy via the Court of Protection.

If you need to make a claim with respect to someone who has died due to negligent treatment of meningitis, you will need to be acting as the personal representative of their estate and/or their dependants.

Free consultation – find out if you have a claim

To arrange your free initial assessment and find out if you have a claim, contact us today on 01752 292204, fill out the form for a call back at a time convenient to you, or email us.