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Suing the NHS

It seems a drastic step to take, to sue the National Health Service. But sometimes, sadly, the NHS lets you or your loved ones down, with tragic results, and you need and deserve proper compensation.

Suing the NHS

When that happens, it’s vital to get good advice from specialists in medical law. The Clinical Negligence Team have the experience and knowledge to help you decide whether to sue, and how to go about it. Call now for free expert advice.

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Who to sue

If negligence has occurred in a hospital, you don’t sue the individual concerned, or even the hospital in question. The claim is made against the NHS Trust responsible for the hospital. A body called the NHS Litigation Authority is the “purse-holder”, responsible for authorising and making compensation payments. But these are technical issues which the CN Team can sort out on your behalf – we won’t worry you with them!

Is suing the NHS an expensive business?

No. We will either act on a “no win no fee” basis, or can get Legal Aid for you, or can use any insurance policy you may have. Either way you won’t have to dip into your own pocket.

How do I go about suing the NHS?

The first step is to instruct a firm of solicitors like the CN Team. We will investigate the claim, including a thorough review of all medical records, and get expert advice from independent medical specialists. We won’t start court proceedings straight away, but will do so as and when necessary. Sometimes, when presented with all the facts, the NHS Trust will admit negligence without the need to actually sue them. But if negligence is not admitted, and we believe that there is a good case, we will pursue matters through the court, and all the way to a trial if necessary.

How much compensation will I get?

That depends on the nature of your injury so it’s a difficult question to answer. Your lawyer will be able to advise you further as your claim progresses.

How long does it take?

Simple cases can be “done and dusted” in a year sometimes. More complicated and higher value cases can take a lot longer, especially if the NHS Trust fights them. But you can rest assured that the CN Team will not waste any time in getting on with things – we pride ourselves on our efficiency.

Which firms of solicitors should I use

The vital thing is to make sure you are using a specialist clinical negligence firm, accredited by the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) as having the expertise and experience to deal with medical negligence claims. The Clinical Negligence Team is fully accredited and highly experienced, with many areas of specialism. You need look no further.

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