My medical negligence happened a few years ago – how long do I have to claim?
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Partial/total loss of taste
Partial/total loss of ability to remember.
Anaesthetists specialise in the relief of pain, most commonly in the context of surgery.
A balloon-like deformity in the wall of a blood vessel.
Difficulty finding words.
Loss of smell.
Lack of oxygen supply to the brain.
Medication to reduce frequency of seizures.
Unsteadiness of movement.
Therapy that uses the principle of learning, aims to change behaviour using reward/consequence.
The brain’s ability to take over functions of damaged cells.
A hole drilled in to the skull.
Specialist doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions of the heart.
Are concerned with changes that occur following damage to, or disease of, the nervous system.
Are primarily concerned with the assessment and treatment of emotional and psychiatric problems in adult mental health (including rehabilitation and psychological therapy).
Mental abilities such as thinking, remembering, concentrating.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
A form of psychological therapy based on learning theory principles.
State of unconsciousness.
Unconsciousness after a blow to the head.
Doctor with specialist experience and qualifications in mental illness and emotional disorders.
A bruise caused by a blow with a blunt object.
Occurs when a hole is made in the skull in order that surgeons can access the brain.
Bony skill (intracranial – inside the skull).
A series of x-rays which build up a 3D image of the inside of the body.
Impaired thinking, damaged intellectual functioning.
Specialist who diagnoses and treats disorders of the skin.
Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI)
Widespread tearing of nerve fibres across the entire brain.
Difficulty controlling urges, impulsions to speak, act or emote.
Swelling of the brain.
Electrodes are attached to the scalp to measure the electrical activity, waves, in the brain.
Blockage of an artery by a clot.
Inflammation of the brain due to infection.
Specialist who treats disorders of the hormonal systems.
Surgery of the ear, nose and throat.
Abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
Include planning, organising, problem solving.
Medical field specialising in the function and disorders of the stomach, intestines and related organs of the gastrointestinal tract.
An opening in the stomach for administration of foods and fluids.
General Practitioner (GP)
Local doctor, who will usually be the first person you see if you have a physical or emotional problem.
A doctor who has training and expertise in performing a variety of operations.
Glasgow Coma Scale (GSC)
A scale for measuring level of consciousness.
Specialist in the diagnosis of and treatment of conditions relating to the female genital tract reproductive system.
Medical speciality relating to the blood and blood forming tissues.
Bleeding on the brain that leads to the collection of ‘pools’ or ‘clots’.
Is high-resolution computerised tomography scanning that uses x-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.
Accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain.
Reduced availability of oxygen to body tissues.
ICP (Intracranial Pressure) monitoring
Insertion of a bolt in to the skull which is connected to a gauge via a catheter, it then registers the amount of pressure within the skull
An area of the brain where cells have died
Surgery to the face and jaw.
Strong magnetic fields and radio waves used to produce a detailed image of the body.
Multi-disciplinary team (MDT)
A team of health and social care staff.
Fine tube that is passed through the nose and down the throat into the stomach, used for feeding.
This is the study of the brain, the nervous system and its diseases.
A doctor who specialises in the relationship between neurological processes and psychiatric disorders.
A specialist radiologist who uses imaging techniques, such as x-rays, to diagnose diseases/injuries of the nervous system
A complex medical process that aims to aid recovery from an injury to the nervous system.
Surgery of the brain and the nervous system, including spinal surgery.
Jerking of the eyes following damage to the brain stem.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Will work with an individual to develop their skills and confidence in everyday life.
Swelling caused by excess fluid in tissues.
A doctor specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Surgery of the eye and the orbit.
Surgery of bones, joints and locomotion.
Doctor who specialises in problems of the ear, nose and throat and has additional training in the medical and surgical management of dizziness, hearing loss and tumours of the ear.
A doctor specialising in children’s medicine.
Loss of ability of muscles to contract.
Loss of movement and sensation of the lower part of the body.
Persistent Vegetative State
Condition where the patient does not speak, follow commands or make any meaningful responses.
Positron Emission Topography, maps blood flow in brain.
The treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods such as exercise, heat treatment or massage.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
This includes sub-specialities of burns surgery, including critical care and cosmetic surgery.
Post-traumatic Amnesia (PTA)
Inability to remember events after a blow to the head.
Perception of the position and movement of the body, limbs and head.
Is an artificial device that replaces a missing part of the body.
An expert in prosthetics.
Medical practitioners who may use a full range of treatments, drugs and physical methods.
They are not medically qualified but have professional training. They have a first degree in psychology and have undertaken further professional training in a specific area of psychology.
Tests which measure mental functioning.
Is the treatment of mental disorders and behavioural issues using verbal and non-verbal communication.
A doctor that deals with the respiratory system, e.g. lungs, windpipe etc.
Inability to remember events that happened for a period before a blow to the head.
A specialist in the treatment of disorders of the connective tissues, e.g. arthritis.
Complete or semi-paralysis to all four limbs following injury to the neck.
A device to remove excess fluid or divert blood.
Speech & Language Therapists
Assess and treat speech, language and communication problems, as well as those who have difficulty feeding, chewing and swallowing.
Doctor who specialises in conditions and surgery affecting the spine.
Complete or semi-paralysis to all four limbs following injury to the neck.
Clot in a blood vessel.
A small operation that involves opening the windpipe for a plastic tube to be inserted to facilitate breathing when the windpipe is blocked.
A urological surgeon deals with surgery of the kidney and drainage system, to include the ureter, the bladder and the urethra.
A machine that pumps oxygen-enriched air into the lungs when they are not working efficiently.
Provides training in a specific field with the aim of gaining employment.
The area of law covering disputes you may have with a person or organisation.
A person making a claim.
Someone who uses services provided by a lawyer or another.
Recompense for loss, injury or suffering.
An award, typically of money, paid to a person or organisation for loss or injury.
A person or organisation against whom a claim is being brought.
Fees that are paid to organisation as required as part of legal services, e.g. court fee, medical fee.
Authorising a lawyer to represent you, an instruction describes the type of work that you want them to carry out.
Any person who dies without leaving a will is said have died intestate.
According to the SRA Code of Conduct 2011, a member of one of the following professions entitled to practise as such;
A lawyer regulated by CILEX Professional Standards.
Services provided to clients, e.g. legal advice or representation at court.
When someone is legally responsible for something.
Something that a person is responsible for.
The contest process before a court.
An agreement between the two sides to settle the case privately before the court makes its decision.
A lawyer who has been admitted as a solicitor by the SRA and whose name appears on the roll of solicitors.
A term used to describe someone other that the two sides in a particular situation.
A person completing their training requirements in law firm before applying to become a solicitor.