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In this video Medical Negligence Solicitor, Denise Broomfield, explains why you need a specialist solicitor for a claim of this type.

Transcript:

Hello I’m Denise Broomfield and I’m a solicitor and head of personal injury and clinical negligence at Bonallack and Bishop Solicitors. I’m here today to talk to you about why you need a specialist solicitor to bring a claim for medical negligence.

Why do I need a specialist medical negligence solicitor?

“Are there complicated medical issues involved?”

Yes, clinical negligence or medical negligence claims are very complicated for a number of reasons. The first is that you’re dealing with medical and legal information considering that both professions take six to eight years to train for, picking it up from day one is really difficult.

“Will my solicitor need to asses medical evidence?”

Yes, to bring a medical negligence claim we need to get your medical records for you and then send them off to an independent medical expert of the same discipline who got your treatment wrong and that doctor will tell you whether or not the doctor that treated you acted in a reasonably competent manner.

“Is the law involved complex?”

It is complicated, a lot of the claims are of quite high value and to take in legal process and medical process is very challenging, even for people who are very familiar, business people and things still find it difficult.

“Are timescales important in these claims?”

Definitely, there’s a fixed time scale, generally three years from the date of injury or three years you knew about the injury to actually start off any court action so if you miss that court date then your claim is barred on time grounds and the court also as your case goes through will set quite strict time limits that you actually have to comply with.

“Will my solicitor try to negotiate a settlement?”

We have a duty now to consider settlement or what’s called alternative dispute resolutions, so mediation or round table meetings, solicitors are very much frowned upon now if they should call proceedings and go straight to court.

“What are the benefits of mediation?”

Mediation is quicker and cheaper and it’s less formal. I find particularly with clients who have had quite severe injuries who would struggle going to court, they can go to a mediation hearing and they feel involved in their final process, which is very important if you’ve had a really severe injury.

“Is an accident claim solicitor the same as a medical negligence solicitor?”

No generally not, accident claims solicitors tend to handle a range of accidents causing injuries so from the solicitor who every day does whip lash injuries through to clinical negligence lawyers that act for brain injured children. You need to make sure that the solicitor you instruct has experience of clinical negligence work and not having done one or two cases, day to day experience of doing clinical negligence work.

“How can I identify a specialist medical negligence solicitor?”

There are three panels where solicitors have been vetted and approved to do this type of work. One is the law society’s clinical negligence panel, the second is the action against medical accidents specialist solicitors panel and the third is the association of personal injury lawyers clinical negligence panel, and if you Google any of those you’ll come up with a local solicitor’s name who’ll be able to help you and who will have the experience to be able to help you well.

For more info and to get in touch, visit http://www.bishopslaw.co.uk

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Bonallack and Bishop, Solicitors
Rougemont House, Rougemont Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1LY.
Telephone: 01722 422300
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