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How To Choose A Clinical Negligence Solicitor

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As a result of recent changes in the law and in particular as a result of a clampdown by the Courts in relation to whiplash claims, a number of solicitors dealing with Personal Injury claims have started to advertise their services in relation to Clinical Negligence claims

The majority of people who suffer injury as a result of neglect by their GP or hospital elect to use the services of their tried and trusted solicitor or alternatively will seek a recommendation from a friend or family member.  However, clinical negligence claims are notoriously difficult to pursue and require to be dealt with by solicitors with the appropriate expertise to do so. 


In determining whether or not a solicitor or firm has the appropriate expertise it is often useful to check whether or not they are accredited by a recognised Panel.  In that regard members of AvMA and the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel will have been required to prove their expertise by establishing to the Panel’s satisfaction that they have dealt with a sufficient number of cases and secured an appropriate number of successful settlements.


When you have identified an appropriate firm or solicitor then you should check to ensure that they are willing to meet you for a free initial consultation to discuss the claim on a no obligation basis.  If you are incapacitated then they should be prepared to visit you at home or in hospital. 


The majority of solicitors will be able to act for you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis so that in the event that your claim is unsuccessful there will be no cost to you. 


It is important that the person with whom you speak is a good communicator and that you have confidence in them since it is possible that the claim could take several years to resolve. 


At Tilly Bailey & Irvine we have successfully represented clients in connection with clinical negligence claims for over 30 years and John Hall is a member of the AvMA Panel.  We offer a free, no obligation basis, initial interview at which we can discuss the prospects of success and the funding arrangements