Medical Negligence Claims – How do I know who to instruct?
Medical negligence is a specialist area of law and, as a result, you will want an experienced solicitor to handle what can be a complex case and ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
How do you know if the solicitor you instruct has the relevant experience needed?
1. Look for accredited clinical negligence solicitors. There are specialist panels:-
• APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) – to be accredited, lawyers must satisfy specific and extensive criteria providing evidence of their competency and experience in handling claims www.apil.org.uk
• Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel – Law Society Clinical Negligence legal experts go through rigorous examination and testing to demonstrate that they have a high level of knowledge, skills and experience in dealing with clinical negligence cases. View the accreditation here
• AVMA (Action against Medical Accidents) – AvMA promotes good practice by lawyers in the fields of clinical negligence and medical law through its Lawyers Support Service, conferences, training and accredits specialist solicitors for inclusion in their specialist clinical negligence panel www.avma.org.uk
2. Look for a firm of solicitors that has a well-established specialist clinical negligence department:-
• Firms that have a long history of dealing with clinical negligence matters will have the relevant background and training to deal with your case as well as a legal team that can effectively support the lawyers to move your case forward to settlement, or trial.
• An experienced department will have long-standing relationships with medical experts and Counsel (barristers) – they will know who to instruct to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
• A specialist department will be able to assess the strengths of your case, anticipate the next steps and know how to handle your case with sensitivity.
Why instruct EAD Solicitors to investigate your medical negligence claim?
1. Our firm was founded in 1974.
2. Helen Barry (Head of Department) has been independently assessed and approved by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).
3. Helen Barry and Pamela Williams (Partner) are accredited by the Law Society.
4. Steve Cornforth (Senior Partner) is a fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a Higher Courts Advocate (Civil) and has been former President of Liverpool Law Society (2012).
5. Paul McCarthy (Partner) is an APIL accredited Senior Litigator and has been former President of the Liverpool Law Society and the Merseyside Medico Legal Society.
6. We are accredited by Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).
7. We are on the brain injury association Headway’s Personal Injury Solicitors List.
8. We are recommended by the Legal 500.
To find out more about EAD’s Clinical Negligence services call our Clinical Negligence Team today on 0151 735 1000.
Extremely happy with the outcome of my Personal Injury Claim and can only thank Paul McCarthy and his team at EAD Solicitors and also Tim Trotman my barrister arranged by EAD, for all their work and efforts on my behalf. As such I would highly recommend EAD to anyone in need of their service. Once again thanks to all involved.
Brodie Martin, Merseyside
Excellent, very professional, approachable when I needed advice. I would just like to say thank you to your staff.