Why is it vital to choose an accredited solicitor to pursue a medical negligence claim?
In an increasingly competitive legal market, following reforms in April 2013 to the system for funding medical negligence claims, it is even more important that Claimants choose a medical negligence solicitor who is specialised, highly competent and who they can trust.
Deciding to sue the NHS or sue a Doctor is often a very difficult decision for a patient to make, and is rarely made lightly. As specialist medical negligence solicitors we frequently see the genuine distress of clients when they contemplate an action against those who were responsible for their medical care. Patients quite rightly want the reassurance that their solicitor will be able to handle their claim competently. Every clinical negligence solicitor at the Clinical Negligence Team is a highly trained specialist and many of our lawyers are independently accredited so as to give our clients peace of mind that they are in safe hands.
Chambers and Partners is an independent guide to lawyers and law firms which gives rankings based on detailed research. Views are sought from competitor law firms, barristers, medical experts, contemporaries and clients. Chambers states: “Our guides are trusted by clients when they need to find the most appropriate legal representation for their business. No other organisation can combine this strength with the objectivity and independence which is the defining quality of our research.”
As such we are extremely proud that our firm has been again ranked in Band 1, the highest possible ranking, for the quality of our medical negligence work, and that all of the partners in our firm have been ranked as leaders in the field in the 2014 rankings. The comments include:
“Head of department Simon Elliman is known for his client handling skills. He is extremely careful and conscientious, and has a good instinct and understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a case.”
“Tracy Norris-Evans is an absolutely first-rate and very committed practitioner. She is hugely respected by her clients, who praise her approachability.”
“Richard Coleman is particularly respected for his experience in spinal injury cases and his client care skills. He is noted as a very pragmatic lawyer.”
“Paul Rumley…is recognised as one of the big hitters on the market. He is known for obtaining fantastic results for his clients.”
“Kerstin Kubiak has experience with an impressive range of clinical negligence matters including obstetric, gynaecological and fertility cases. She is described as decisive and very hard-working for clients.”
The Law Society also runs a Clinical Negligence Panel, and expresses the purpose of that panel as follows: “The need for this scheme is for victims. Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of clinical negligence.” All of our partners, as well as an Associate, Lucy Norton, are members of this specialist panel.
In addition Simon Elliman and Richard Coleman sit on the specialist panel for the charity Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), which again requires extensive vetting to ensure that lawyers are genuinely specialist, expert, and committed. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) also run an accreditation scheme related to the experience of their registered practitioners; all of our partners are ‘Senior Litigators’ under this scheme.
Medical negligence claims require highly trained and specialist solicitors and when choosing a firm to represent you or your loved one it is imperative to ensure you are getting the best advice and support possible. All the lawyers at the Clinical Negligence Team strive to provide the highest standards of service and advice for our clients and take pride in our strong, independently recognised, reputation.