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How Much Spinal Injury Compensation Could I Claim?

One of the most important parts of your body is the spine and if that gets damaged or injured then it could lead to partial or complete impairment. Your spinal cord comprises several nerves and tissues which are connected from the base of your brain down the length of your back. These are protected by the vertebrae which makes up the spine.

According to the Back-Up Trust, there is an estimated 50,000 people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury. In addition, over 2,500 people are newly injured each year. Spinal injuries affect a large number of people in the UK.  If you have suffered a serious back injury or a spinal injury that was a result of medical negligence, then you could be entitled to compensation.

At BTTJ Medical Negligence, we have specialist spinal injury solicitors that can offer expert advice and support during this difficult time. We can help you investigate the cause of the accident and help you seek the compensation that you need. To help you understand more about spinal injuries and how much a spinal injury claim could be worth, we have provided more information below.

 

Common Spinal Injuries

In most cases, spinal injuries can be categorised into two groups; partial spinal injury and complete spinal injury, with complete spinal injury being more serious. It’s important that you know this information before you make a spinal injury claim.

Partial Spinal Injury – These types of spinal injuries involve damage that is done to the sensory pathways in the spinal cord. Damage to this area can lead to difficulties with movement and coordination.  One of the most common types of partial injury is anterior cord syndrome.

Complete Spinal Injury – Injury of this type may result in varied paralysis of your body from the neck down. Paralysis typically affects your bowels and your legs. This type of injury is also one of the most severe and it typically receives the maximum amount of compensation for a claim.

 

What can I claim after an accident causing a spinal injury? 

The compensation you may be awarded for your spinal injury claim depends on the extent of the injury.  In addition to pursuing a claim for the injury itself, it is possible to pursue a claim for out of pocket expenses both past and future.  It is possible to claim for a range of costs relating to your injury, to include but not limited to:-.

Loss of Earnings – if you have been off work or are unable to return to work as a result of your injury

Rehabilitation Costs – The costs of rehabilitation can be a significant long-term expense for a victim of a back injury. These costs may include regularly scheduled visits to a physiotherapist and more.

Unavailable Treatment on the NHS – Necessary visits to private clinics or foreign health specialists in the event of unavailable treatment from the NHS. The costs of visiting private clinics could be compensated.

Home Care – In the event that you are unable to fully care for yourself, you may need to hire care in your home. This cost can be compensated if your injury has affected your independence.

Modifying or Buying a New Home – If you have sustained a long-term back injury, then you may need to adapt or modify your home to make it a suitable living environment. These costs could be claimed in the case.

 

Severities of Spinal Injuries

There are different severities of spinal injuries which affect the amount of compensation that can be claimed. The table below is not a definitive list of compensation amounts, but they are average guidelines for what you could expect for the severity of the back injury.

Severity of InjuryDescription of InjuryPotential Compensation Amount
Minor Back InjuryAn injury that does not require surgery. This could be a strained muscle or a slipped disk.Up to £10,970
Moderate Back Injury An injury that does not require surgery. This could be a strained muscle or a slipped disk.Up to £34,000
Severe Back InjuryAn injury resulting in partial paralysis or a permanent organ failure.Up to £141,150
Paraplegic ParalysisInjury that leads to paralysis of the legs or paralysis from the waist down.Up to £249,270
Quadriplegic ParalysisInjury resulting in paralysis of the body or paralysis from the neck down.Up to £354,260

Note – It is possible to also claim for out of pocket expenses as referred to above.

 

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Spinal Injury Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of clinical negligence are. At BTTJ Medical Negligence, we have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered from negligence and you would like to discuss spinal injury claims, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

Whilst all types of surgery involves an element of risk, as a patient, you have the right to receive a certain standard of care. In most cases, the standard of care provided is exceptional and the outcomes are positive. However, not all types of surgery may go as planned and sometimes it can result in an injury.

Surgical negligence covers a variety of cases. It may occur when the medical team fails to provide the appropriate standard of care either before, during, or after surgery. If this has resulted in an injury, then you may be able to make a claim against the hospital. Our medical negligence solicitors can help you to investigate whether or not this is the case.

If you think that you might have been the victim of surgical negligence, then it’s important to act as soon as possible. The details of the case will be clear in your mind and the records may be easier to find. Generally speaking, there is also a three-year time limit for most types of personal injury claims. However, there are also exceptions to this time limit for children under the age of 18 and patients who are unable to claim on their own due to their capacity and/or disability.

 

What’s Involved in a Surgical Negligence Claim?

In order to be successful in bringing a claim, you will need to prove that the surgery you received fell below a reasonable standard and that you have suffered an illness or injury because of this. These types of claims can be quite complex as the details of your medical treatment may be debated by different experts.

To increase your chances of making a successful case, your solicitor will need to gather as many details as possible and they will also need to use medical experts to show that the surgery performed was negligent and resulted in causing your illness or injury.

 

What’s The First Action?

It is open to you where you think you may have been a victim of surgical negligence to make an official complaint. Making a complaint may be helpful when it comes to building your case and it won’t affect any future legal action.

Once you have submitted a formal complaint, you should expect to receive a reply either by written means or verbally within three working days. The reply should include an agreement to meet and to talk about how your complaint will be handled and how long it is likely to take.

 

Initial Information Gathering

When investigating your case, your solicitor will need to gather information about your illness or injury in order to decide what the best way of moving forward with your claim is. As an example, here are some of the details that your solicitor will try to get:

  • The reason for needing medical treatment.
  • The names of the medical staff that were involved.
  • Details of any witnesses. (Can also include friends or relatives)
  • Details of any later consultations.
  • Details about whether you made an official complaint or a complaint directly to the clinician.
  • Obtain your medical records

 

Getting Appropriate Medical Knowledge and Expertise

To help support your claim, your solicitor will find an independent medical expert with the right knowledge and experience to be involved in your case. Although the medical expert may be referred to as part of your ‘team’, the medical expert will have a duty to provide an independent and honest opinion to the Court.

Your medical negligence solicitor will choose the medical expert that knows the area of medicine relating to your case and will be able to present their findings in court.

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Surgical Negligence Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of negligence are. At BTTJ Medical Negligence, we have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered due to medical negligence and you would like to discuss your surgical negligence claim, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

During such an emotional time for parents, you expect the highest standard of care for both mother and child. Most cases are positive and successful, however, when doctors and midwives fail in providing their duty to a reasonable standard, mistakes can happen. In the worst cases, this could result in them causing injury to the mother, child, or both. These tragic incidents will often lead to legal proceedings against the hospital, doctor, and the staff.

If your child has been injured during birth, then you could be entitled to compensation.

Who Can Make a Claim for Birth Injury?

As a parent, you could claim compensation for any birth injury that was a result of medical negligence. If your baby had been injured by mistakes in labour or delivery, then it’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Although some injuries can be minor and relatively easy to recover from, some injuries may be life-changing for the child. You may be entitled to make a claim if your child has been injured due to the negligence or mistakes by medical staff, whether it’s before, during, or after giving birth.

Our experienced medical negligence solicitors have helped families with a wide range of cases including birth injury claims. Many of our cases involve:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Still birth
  • Birth trauma
  • Poor delivery technique
  • Ventouse or forceps injuries
  • Negligent management of high-risk births
  • Failure to perform a timely Caesarean section

These situations are often life-changing for the child and parents. In cases of birth injury, seeking legal advice can be the best course of action.

 

How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?

As with many other types of claims, there is a time limit for claiming compensation. For birth injury claims, you can claim on behalf of your child at any time before their eighteenth birthday. After they turn eighteen, they have three years to bring the claim.

If you are claiming for a child who has passed away as a result of birth injury, then you have three years to make a claim from the date of their death.

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Birth Negligence Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of birth injury are. At BTTJ, we have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion and care.

If you or your child has suffered due to medical negligence and you would like to discuss birth injury claims, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

What is Needed for a Successful Brain Injury Claim?

Head or brain injuries are often the most severe types of injuries as they can cause serious and life-changing impairments. Even seemingly mild head or brain injuries could cause some unwanted side-effects. Medical professionals may sometimes miss subtle brain injuries as it can be difficult to assess the severity of a head injury. This means that the affected person may not get the appropriate care that they require.

If you have suffered a head or brain injury in the last three years that was caused by medical negligence, then you could be entitled to compensation. In order to make a successful brain injury claim, you must be able to prove that the injury was a result of the negligence of the Defendant..

 

What You Must Prove

To successfully make a claim for a brain injury, there are several elements which we will need to show:

  1. The Defendant must have owed you a ‘duty of care’.
  2. The Defendant must have failed to uphold their duty of care to you known as a breach of duty. This is required to substantiate a brain injury compensation claim and it can be through either something they didn’t do, or something they did do but didn’t meet the appropriate standard of care.
  3. As a result of the Defendant’s breach of duty they must have caused you to suffer a brain injury. This is known as Causation and is often the most disputed component of any medical negligence claim.

 

We must prove all of the elements above in order to be successful in your claim. It is for you to prove your case and not for the Defendant to disprove it.

These points may make the entire process sound quite difficult and challenging, but our experienced medical negligence solicitors at BTTJ have the legal and medical knowledge required to guide you through every step of the way, ensuring that making a claim is as easy as possible.

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Brain Injury Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of negligence are. At BTTJ , we have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered due to medical negligence and you would like to discuss pursuing a claim for brain injury compensation, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

There are a number of types of brain injuries ranging from an acquired brain injury (ABI) arising from birth, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually caused by trauma to the head or other forms such as tumor, stroke or brain haemorrhage.

If someone suffers an injury to the brain, the effects can be wide ranging and can depend upon factors such as the type, locality and severity of injury.

For many people who have suffered as a result of medical negligence, compensation is the only way that they can afford to cope with the life-changing effects of a brain injury and to ensure that they receive adequate care and that their dependents are also looked after.

Perhaps it is someone close to you that has suffered from a brain or head injury?  If that person is not able to manage their own medical negligence claim, then you can do this on their behalf.

To help you understand more about brain injuries and how it might affect you, we have detailed some of the effects of brain injuries and provided more information about claiming on behalf of others.

 

Effects of Brain Injuries 

Even after a minor head injury, brain function can be temporarily impaired and is sometimes referred to as concussion which can cause further difficulties such as dizziness, fatigue or depression.

The more severe the brain injury, the more pronounced the long-term effects are likely to be. Those with more severe brain injuries are likely to have complex long-term problems affecting their personality, their relationships and their ability to lead an independent life.

Each area of the brain accommodates various mental and physical functions, so it can be difficult to quantify and cover the impact that a severe brain injury may have. There are three main groups as a general outline:

Cognitive Functions: Impairments to a person’s cognitive functions can result in severe problems and it may restrict their ability to function independently afterward. Memory loss, changes in personality, and intellect deficits can make reintegrating with society after an injury quite challenging. This may require extended therapy to regulate or overcome.

Motor Functions: The physical abilities of a person could be heavily affected which may restrict or reduce their mobility. This will increase their reliance on others for everyday activities and, ultimately, reduce their independence. The effects of the loss of independence may bring upon negative emotional reactions.

Emotional Responses: Emotional responses can be altered which makes symptoms harder to diagnose or quantify. Changes in emotional responses mean that this can be more complex to treat. They can be relatively minor responses such as mood swings but they can also be significant, such as depression or apathy.

 

What if my loved one does not have the capacity to claim?

If someone close to you had experienced brain injury from medical negligence and they are not able to manage their own claim, then a trusted friend or relative will be able to bring the claim on their behalf. By claiming on their behalf, you will take on the role and responsibilities as if they were acting themselves.

Generally speaking, there is a three-year time limit to make a medical negligence claim. However, in some cases where the individual has lost the mental capacity to make a claim without the assistance of others, there may be no time limit.

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Brain Injury Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of negligence are.  We have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered due to medical negligence and you would like to discuss pursuing a claim for brain injury compensation, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

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It is probably little known to most that General Practitioners (GPs) do not have insurance to treat you.

Instead, GPs are required to be a member of a “Defence Union”, which provides discretionary indemnity arrangements in the case of a negligence claim.    However, as this arrangement is discretionary, and either the GP or the Defence Union can avoid their indemnity requirements, it means that if you are injured by a General Practitioner’s negligence, they might not have the cover in place to meet your claim for damages.

The Government has recently carried out a consultation and plans to replace existing discretionary indemnity arrangements with regulated cover, backed by the Government and similar to the arrangements with NHS doctors and hospitals.   The case made by the Government to switching to a regulated model is that under the current discretionary system – and unlike commercial insurance companies – there is  no contractual obligation to meet the cost of any claim against the professionals they cover and no legal obligation to ensure they have reserves to cover the cost of claims.

The Government plans to ensure that all healthcare professionals in the UK are covered by an appropriate indemnity scheme so that all clinical negligence cases are covered.

Not surprisingly, GPs and the Defence Unions are opposed to the proposals, fearing higher insurance premiums and that it will take away a significant amount of funding from the Defence Unions.

 

The present discretionary indemnity arrangements also extend to hospital doctors carrying out private consultations and treatment.   It is clear from the Ian Paterson (Breast Surgeon) experience that under the present scheme Defence Unions will try to avoid their financial responsibility if they can.

Unfortunately,  I have experienced over the years a number of cases where both GPs and private doctors have not had the appropriate indemnity cover for the treatment they are providing or that the Defence Unions have refused to indemnify the doctors under the discretionary scheme, leaving injured people without any real redress.

 

Tom Barnes

Head of Medical Negligence

 

About the Author

Tom is a partner of BTTJ and Head of the Medical Negligence department.  He is a member of both the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the Action against Medical Accident panel and has been recognised by the Legal 500.

If you need any help with medical negligence you can call Tom on 024 7653 1532 or email tom.barnes@bttj.com

As a qualified nurse working in the Clinical Negligence team it is likely that I will be the first person in the team that you speak with when you get in touch with Brindley Twist Tafft and James to discuss a potential claim.  It is my role to listen to people, to find out about their situation, to ask appropriate questions and to obtain the specific details surrounding their medical negligence complaint.

I know that patients who contact us about medical negligence are going through a traumatic time and that it can be difficult to speak to someone about what has happened.  It is very important that our clients and potential clients know that they are really being listened to and taken seriously;  I will always do everything that I can to support the people that I speak with, and to reassure them that their concerns are genuine.  People are often unsure if they have a case that can be pursued so we will work together to determine whether they do.

During our initial conversation with new clients I will ask questions about times, places and the events that took place.  Because of my extensive medical training and experience (12 years’ experience as a nurse working across a variety of medical settings including Emergency Care, Critical care and Community) I am able to quickly understand the medical details involved when people are describing the events that led them to get in touch with us.

Once I am content that I have obtained all of the relevant information, it is my role to present the facts of each potential case to the rest of the team.  Together we will go through what has happened and discuss how we can help you.

If we are able to help you pursue a claim, one of our specialist lawyers will be in touch to arrange an interview with you, which will normally take place in person.  This will include going through the background facts in detail as well as explaining the legal process.  One of the first steps after the interview is for us to obtain your medical records.  Once the records have been received, I use my medical training to help collate the records into a sensible order and to prepare a chronology of the key events.

Because many medical negligence cases are highly complex, we will often also instruct independent medical experts in the relevant field to assess your case and provide a formal report.

The team prides itself on obtaining the best possible settlements for all of our clients, as well as providing support throughout the whole process.

 

If you have any questions about medical negligence then  please get in touch to see how we can help.

 

John Snowdon

BTTJ Medico Legal Assistant

Solicitor Cheryl Bereza & Paralegal Angus Buchanan answer some commonly asked questions about medical negligence claims in a new series of videos.

In the first 2 videos, they take a look at how you go about making a claim.

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to discuss a medical negligence case, please get in touch with us.

 

 

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Sepsis (also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning) is a life threatening condition where the body responds to an infection. The infection can start in any part of the body and can be localised or widespread.  If it is not recognised at an early stage it can lead to shock, multiple tissue damage and potentially death.

 

There are around 123,000 cases of sepsis a year in England of which sepsis results in approximately 37,000 deaths.

Patients with sepsis usually experience one of the following symptoms:-

–          Slurred speech

–          Extreme shivering or muscle pain

–          Passing no urine

–          Severe breathlessness

–          Mottled or discoloured skin

 

Antibiotics are the main form of treatment for sepsis, which depending on the severity of the condition, will usually be given directly into a vein (intravenously). To reduce the risk of serious complication or death, antibiotic treatment should ideally start within an hour of diagnosis.

 

Therefore, if there is a failure to start antibiotic treatment promptly or failure to give the correct antibiotics this may result in the treatment not being as effective, resulting in serious consequences. This in turn can have a devastating impact on the patient and their family.

See the recent case below regarding a patient not being given the correct antibiotics:

https://www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/44479-payout-for-cancer-patient-s-family-after-hospital-admits-failures-in-care

 

If you think you or a member of your family has suffered due to an error in the treatment of sepsis, please contact our specialist medical negligence team.

 

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is a charity for patient safety and justice.  They provide support and  free independent advice to people who have been affected by medical accidents.

They have made the video below which highlights how they were able to help in a case of medical negligence.

 

BTTJ Solicitors Tom Barnes and Richard Stanford are both AvMA panel members.  If you feel you have suffered from medical negligence, please get in touch.

 

 

Concerns over operations performed by a Consultant Neurosurgeon at University Hospital in Coventry, Mr Hussien El-Maghraby.

Following a request to review four individual cases, Surgeons from the Royal College of Surgeons carried out an inspection in September 2017  where it has been suggested that they criticised two brain surgery operations where the patients went on to die.

Mr El-Maghraby was stopped from performing two surgical procedures consisting of complex spinal operations and brain surgery whilst the patients remain awake without further training and mentorship.

You can read the full BBC story here

 

With the introduction of the Civil Liability Bill into the House of Lords this week, the Ministry of Justice has produced their response to the report of the Civil Justice Committee (CJS) and has rejected the argument that there is insufficient evidence to overhaul how the discount rate in personal injury claims is set.

What is the discount rate?

Clinical negligence compensation awards are intended to put the Claimant in the position that they would have been ‘but for’ the negligence. In the most serious cases, the Claimant is awarded a lump sum to cover future loss of earnings, care and future treatment and is expected to invest these funds and receive a return to use for their future needs. The Discount Rate is a figure used to calculate how much Defendants should pay Claimants in cases of life changing injury.

On 20 March 2017, the discount rate was reduced from 2.5% to -0.75%, significantly increasing the amount of compensation that a Claimant could recover.

Why is the discount rate being reviewed?

There has been much debate given the reduction of the discount rate last year. If the discount rate is set too high, the value of the return will not keep up with inflation and the Claimant may not be adequately compensated. A Claimant with life changing injuries is likely to be financially dependent on the lump sum awarded for the rest of their lives. If the rate is set too low, the Claimant could be overcompensated with the taxpayer footing the bill.

So is the Claimant expected to look for riskier investments to achieve a better return and what return can be expected? The balance has to be struck.

The MOJ’s response to the Civil Justice Committee’s recommendations

Claimants have historically been treated as more cautious investors as they are expected to secure their future financial position.

The Government has confirmed that the overriding objective of setting the rate remains to support the 100% compensation rule, i.e that the aim is to neither under-compensate nor over-compensate the Claimant by ensuring that the Claimant receives the money that they are expected to need and that this is fair for both parties.

The Government has highlighted a need for Claimants to move away from a ‘risk-free’ approach which tends to ‘create excessively large awards of damages’ and that this is ‘unrealistic’. At the same time the Government shares the concern of the Committee that the setting of the rate should not result in significant under-compensation for the most vulnerable Claimant.

The government has not dismissed the proposal that setting different rates for different cases may be appropriate.

Although the decision to set the discount rate is likely to continue to rest with the Lord Chancellor, the Government has agreed with the proposal that an expert panel (comprised of an actuary, an economist, an investment manager and an expert in consumer affairs as relating to investments) will assist with the process of setting the rate. The Lord Chancellor’s report and the expert panel’s recommendations would be published at the same time once the rate to be set is decided.

Despite criticism, the government has advised of their intentions to continue to retain the proposed interval of review at 3 years, although it is unclear how this will work in practice given that the discount rate applies to the most serious cases which typically take 3-5 years to conclude.

The Lord Chancellor will however, at least be required to provide the reasons for setting the rate and the soon to be formed expert panel will have a role in analysing the data and considering actual investment behaviour.

The Government is particularly keen to encourage periodical payment orders and that Claimants are adequately advised of these as an option.

 

An orthopaedic injury refers to an injury of the bones, muscles and joints of the human body.

A practitioner specialising in orthopaedics will often look after patients that have suffered bone fractures,  who need joint replacement, ligament reconstruction surgery, hand, shoulder and elbow surgery, foot and ankle surgery and back and spine surgery.

Orthopaedic negligence is when a practitioner makes an avoidable error which causes injury to the patient. Examples of orthopaedic negligence include: inadequate assessment of a patient before surgery, surgical errors, including mistakes in placing prosthetic joints, using an incorrect treatment such as a partial knee replacement when a full replacement is needed, inadequate postoperative care leading to infection, misdiagnosing fractures, poor operative technique and damage to nerves or circulation due to medical procedure.

If you feel you have suffered as a result of orthopaedic negligence and may have an orthopaedic injury claim, please get in touch.

Our team of expert clinical negligence solicitors are on hand to advise you on the legal steps that are available to you.

 

Gynaecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive system.

Gynaecological treatment covers a number of areas including cancer, medical management of a chronic condition, surgery or post-natal care.

Most women will need gynaecological care once in their lives, the investigations and treatments carried out are all common medical procedures.

The main procedures that can lead to gynaecological negligence as a direct consequence of a practitioner’s incompetence are: removal of an ovarian cyst, pelvic organ prolapse, endometrial ablation, hysterectomy (full or part uterus removal), salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), myomectomy (uterine fibroid removal), oophorectomy (ovarian removal), colposcopy, abortions, sterilisations and dilation and curettage.

Gynaecological procedures carry risks including but not limited to incontinence following surgery, perforation of the uterus during the insertion of a contraceptive coil, failed sterilisation, damage during laproscopic investigations or surgery, injury to bladder, bowel or uterus during hysterectomy, unnecessary hysterectomy following a caesarean section, defective consent to medical procedures and infection resulting in loss of childbearing potential and damage to womb or abdominal wall.

If you feel strongly that you have suffered a gynaecological injury as a result of treatment you have received or as a result of a failure by a doctor to diagnose a condition then you may have a potential negligence claim.

Our dedicated team of female solicitors will provide expert guidance to helping you succeed and win you the compensation that you deserve.

 

Members of the Society of Clinical Negligence Laywers (SCIL) have campaigned at Westminster against fixed fees for medical negligence claims.

The chairman of SCIL, Stephen Webber, said ‘We believe the most important issue here is patient safety – if there can be improvements and lessons learnt then the level of negligence will be reduced. That must be the starting point for reform’

Lord Justice Jackson published a report in July on fixed costs in which he said a working group should be set up.

A response to a consultation on fixed costs for clinical negligence claims is still being prepared by The Department of Health.

The full story, as reported in the Law Society Gazette can be read here.