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Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence work is highly specialised and the claims are often complex.

We have a wide range of knowledge and experience, spanning many medical areas.

Clinical Negligence

Health professionals have a legal duty to provide a reasonable standard of care to their patients.

Whilst the majority provide a reasonable standard of care, on occasions standards of care can slip and mistakes are made. Where there is clinical negligence, even the most minor of errors can result in unnecessary pain and suffering, time off work, disability, or in the worst cases, fatality.

Time Limits

Under the Limitation Act, legal action must be commenced within three years of the date that the claimant first knew, or could reasonably have been expected to know that they had suffered injury caused by the negligence of another. For injuries to children, the three year knowledge starts to run from the child’s 18th birthday, meaning that a claim must be brought by the time that the claimant turns 21.

These time limits are strict ones. Whilst the Court has a discretion to allow cases to be brought “out of time,” this discretion is applied very sparingly. It is therefore important that the injured party makes contact with a specialist solicitor as soon as they suspect that they have been victim of clinical negligence. Failure to issue proceedings in time usually means that the claim becomes “statute barred”, likely ruling out the right to seek compensation.

 

Specialist Solicitors

Clinical negligence work is highly specialist; claims are often complex with a number of “elements” needing to be established to prove liability. For this reason, it is important to use a Solicitor who understands the difficult medical and legal issues involved.

Skinners have a wide range of knowledge and experience, spanning areas such as general practice, orthopaedics, gynaecology/obstetrics, dentistry and ophthalmology. We understand the emotional and physical difficulties involved in cases of this type and we pride ourselves in offering a friendly and efficient service, providing support and expertise throughout the life of the claim.

Funding

We are able to advise on the full range of funding options, with the majority of our clients qualifying for our Conditional, “no win no fee” (CFA) funding scheme. This means that if successful, the claimant will not have to pay any costs. We are proud of a high success rate in our cases, but so as to protect our clients against the risk of losing, we arrange insurance that will cover the other party’s costs and any fees paid for (e.g. medical expert reports.)

Win or lose under a full CFA the claimant will not be required to pay any money out of their own pocket.

Write to us:
JM Skinner & Co. Solicitors
FREEPOST NWW8710A
Birkenhead, CH41 5EU

Telephone:
0151 666 1122

Email:
[email protected]