How to Choose a Medical Negligence Solicitor

Choosing A Medical Negligence Solicitor

Medical negligence solicitors all present themselves in glowing terms, and offer assurances on their website which can sound ironclad. It is vitally important, however, that you do your research before you engage a firm of legal professionals. In this area of law more than almost any other, your representative needs to know exactly what they are doing, and must have suitable links to other experts across the medical profession.

The Importance Of Expertise

Medical negligence solicitors must have a specific set of skills and expertise, and a general knowledge of personal injury law will not be sufficient. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to ensure that anyone you employ will do a quality job. To begin with, members of the firm you are dealing with should be recognised by the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme. What is more, that person should be involved in your case, if not as lead solicitor then at least as a supervising partner. Membership of the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors Panel is another good indicator of significant expertise in this area of the law.

You should also enquire about the links a firm has with both medical experts and barristers’ chambers, and do your research into them. You should be looking for both medical experts and barristers (also known as counsel) who regularly undertake clinical negligence cases, and who understand the requirements of this area of law.

Funding Arrangements

Costs in medical negligence claims can stack up very quickly, and so a vital component of choosing your solicitor should be the funding arrangements which they are willing to offer. If you are looking to claim legal aid, you will need to check that the firm has been awarded a Legal Services Commission Quality Mark. If you are hoping to engage a firm on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, make sure that any agreement you are offered covers the costs of medical experts and barristers, as well as the legal costs of the solicitors themselves. Whilst many firms will not guarantee this, it is worth searching for the very best funding deal available. You are likely to be suffering enough stress without having to worry about money.

Listen To Recommendations

If possible, you should seek to engage a firm of solicitors who have been employed previously by friends, family or trusted colleagues. Whilst the quality marks mentioned above will guarantee legal expertise, they cannot always guarantee excellent customer service. You can also find helpful reviews of many firms online, and can search for recent high profile medical negligence cases to see which organisations were involved. However, don’t forget that numerous members of staff are likely to be dealing with your claim. You are within your rights to ask for the qualifications of anyone who is significantly involved, and to ask for explanations of the process at any point. Remember, your lawyers work for you, and their job is to accept your instructions!

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