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Choosing the right solicitor

If you have been the victim of medical negligence, you need to be sure that you choose the right solicitor to represent you or your loved one through the difficult process. But how do you know that your chosen solicitor is right for you and your case? Here are some tips to help you on your way to making this important decision:

1. Find a solicitor who is recommended by the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) to undertake medical negligence work. To check, simply ask whether they belong to the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Accreditation Panel, membership of which is rigorously tested by AvMA and which demonstrates a commitment to this complex and demanding area of law. Likewise, does your solicitor belong to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers(APIL)? APIL is the UK’s leading claimant personal injury organisation.

2. Find a solicitor who is recognised in the prestigious legal directory, Chambers & Partners as a leader in their field. This directory provides clients and other professionals with a comprehensive table of those lawyers who are recognised as outstanding for their work in specific areas of law.

3. Consider whether the firm you choose has access to ‘After the Event’ legal expenses insurance cover. This means that if your claim is taken on under a “No Win No Fee” agreement, there will be no delays in obtaining the funding and protection you need to ensure that if your claim is not successful, you will not be required to pay any costs or expenses. See the section How Much Will It Cost? for more information.

4. Check that your solicitor has access to a database of medical experts covering a multitude of disciplines of medical practice. This means that whatever your claim is about, your solicitor can find the right expert to advise upon the important issues of breach of duty and causation. In addition, independent experts can be asked to examine you in order to prepare a medical report of your condition and prognosis.

5. Ensure that your solicitor understands the importance of working closely with your medical experts and other rehabilitation experts to assess your requirements for future care, accommodation, appliances and so on.

6. Ask whether your solicitor has a solid track record for recovering the right level of damages for their clients.

7. Check whether the firm you choose has an experienced private client department on hand to advise you about what to do when you receive your damages. Recovering damages can often represent a life-changing event and it is important to prepare for the future in your will. Likewise, you may be in receipt of benefits that may be affected by your damages, so you might be interested in a personal injury trust. You and your family may also need to consider a lasting power of attorney. Finally, a Private Client team can help you with tax planning for the future and meeting care home fees.

GoodLaw Solicitors LLP are proud to say ‘yes’ to each of the points discussed above. If you have any questions, simply get in touch. Based in Brighton & Hove, our specialist legal services cover all the surrounding areas.

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