Endocarditis is a potentially life-threatening condition that must be effectively diagnosed and treated quickly to give the patient the best possible chance of a full recovery. If diagnosis is delayed for any reason, this can therefore have a very serious impact, including potentially causing brain injury or leading to the death of the patient.
If you or a loved one received negligent treatment for endocarditis, you may have grounds for a substantial compensation claim. These types of high value claims can be both complicated and contentious, which means specialist legal advice is essential.
Wolferstans medical negligence solicitors have extensive experience with endocarditis negligence claims, with our team having secured millions of pounds in compensation for our clients over the years. We know exactly what is required for a successful claim, so can ensure you have the best possible chance of a fair outcome.
Equally skilled in court action and non-confrontational dispute resolution, we can ensure that no matter what route your claim takes, we can represent you effectively through every stage of the process.
With the ability to offer highly accurate valuations for endocarditis claims thanks to our specific experience in this area, we can help to ensure your claim is not undervalued and you do not accept less than you may be entitled to. This is something that can be a risk with less experienced firms.
We offer a free initial no obligation consultation during which we will be able to tell you if you have a claim worth investigating further.
To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 648895.
Our endocarditis negligence claims service
Our medical negligence team work with clients across England and Wales on a wide range of endocarditis claims, including those related to:
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of infective endocarditis
- Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests
- Failure to correctly interpret the results of diagnostic tests
- Failure to note worsening of a patient’s condition and take appropriate action
- Cardiac surgery errors
Read about some of the cases we have successfully pursued in relation to endocarditis compensation claims.
How endocarditis negligence claims work
Our clinical negligence lawyers aim to make the claims process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you, providing clear, compassionate guidance every step of the way.
A typical endocarditis claim will involve:
- Building your case e.g. applying for medical records, collecting witness evidence and consulting independent medical experts.
- Contacting the relevant healthcare provider with the details of your claim.
- Ensuring the defendant responds to your claim in a timely fashion.
- Assessing the defendant’s response and advising you of your options.
- Negotiating with the defendant and/or using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation or independent evaluation, to secure a suitable settlement.
- Submitting your claim to the relevant court and representing you at a court hearing where required to resolve the matter.
Find out more about the process of making a clinical negligence claim.
Funding an endocarditis compensation claim
Cost should never be your primary concern when thinking about making a claim for negligent treatment of endocarditis. This is why we are committed to making sure everyone with strong grounds for a claim has access to the legal advice and representation they need.
We do this by offering a ‘no win, no fee’ endocarditis claims service, which is how we represent most of our clients. This option means you will not need to pay anything up front to start a claim and will only need to do so if your claim is successful, with our fees then being based on a percentage of the compensation secured.
Some people instead opt to fund their claim with legal expenses insurance. This is commonly provided as an optional extra with home insurance, as well some bank accounts and credit cards. If you have legal expenses insurance, we will be happy to discuss whether this is the best option for funding your claim with you.
To discuss your options for covering the cost of an endocarditis negligence claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Find out more about funding a medical negligence claim.
Our expertise in endocarditis claims
We have helped a wide range of clients to pursue endocarditis negligence claims over the years, achieving millions of pounds in settlements and court-awarded damages as a result. For this reason, we are widely considered to be the safe choice for these types of claims.
Wolferstans is accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence, recognising our particular expertise in this area. We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for excellence in legal practice management and client care.
Various members of our medical negligence team are also on the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panels and have been accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) as Clinical Negligence Specialists and Brain Injury Specialists.
Find out more about our medical negligence claims team.
Common questions about endocarditis claims
The basic time limit to make an endocarditis negligence claim is 3 years. This may be counted from when the negligence occurred or when you found out about it, depending on the circumstances.
If the claimant was under 18 when the negligence occurred, their parents or guardians will have until they turn 18 to bring a claim for them. After this, the claimant will have a further 3 years to bring a claim themselves, i.e. until they turn 21.
If endocarditis negligence has caused the death of a loved one, the representatives of their estate will normally have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim on behalf of their dependants. The only exception to this is if they survived for more than 3 years after the negligence occurred or was uncovered, in which case, a claim would need to have been brought during that 3-year period.
If the claimant is still alive but does not have the capacity to bring a claim for any reason, then there is no time limit for someone else to bring a claim on their behalf.
Determining whether the relevant time limit has expired can be extremely complicated, so it is always worth seeking the advice of a specialist medical negligence lawyer, however long ago the negligence occurred.
The exact value of an endocarditis claim will depend on the seriousness of the impact on the claimant’s health and how this affects their lifestyle.
The two types of damages you can normally claim for are:
Special damages – Covering specific financial losses incurred up to the date of settlement e.g. treatment costs and loss of earnings.
General damages – Covering non-financial losses e.g. pain and suffering and changes to your lifestyle, as well as foreseeable future financial losses, such as the cost of ongoing care and not being able to return to work.
o claim compensation for the way your/your loved one’s endocarditis was treated, you need to show:
- That the care given fell below medically acceptable standards.
- That this directly caused or contributed to your/your loved one’s injury or death.
We will use various types of evidence to establish these factors, including:
- Medical records
- Witness evidence
- Evidence from independent medical experts
Further information about endocarditis claims
For more information about endocarditis compensation claims and all types of medical negligence claims, please take a look at our news, blogs and our series of helpful leaflets covering specific issues.
Start an endocarditis negligence claim with us today
To arrange a free initial no obligation consultation and find out more about starting an endocarditis claim:
To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 292204.