Choosing legal representatives is a very important part of any legal process. Your choice of solicitor can spell the difference between a thoroughly handled case and a ‘disaster-class’, success and failure, the right award for compensation and a missed shot at getting justice. A medical negligence claim is no different.
The result of poor medical care can be devastating, potentially causing prolonged recovery period or long-term pain and suffering. This is why you must seek help and support from a specialist medical negligence solicitors. However, not everyone who claims to be a top medical negligence lawyer is an expert. Some lawyers may have been specialists in personal injury law for years and are now making a foray into medical negligence — a field where they are very inexperienced.
Here are some of the things you need to consider when choosing a medical negligence solicitor:
DO YOUR RESEARCH
You may ask for recommendations from family and friends who have successfully managed medical negligence situations in the past. These recommendations are a good way to start. However, you must ensure the recommended solicitors suit your personal situation.
Personal recommendations are very valuable when it comes to medical negligence, but you should still carry out your own research. The internet is one of the best research sources. Make a note of reputable medical negligence solicitors that appeal to you and look them up on the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme. Under the solicitor’s entry, you will find a sub-heading titled ‘Areas of Practice’. If you do not find medical negligence in this list, then this is not a solicitor for your case.
SPECIALTY AND EXPERIENCE
Medical negligence is a highly specialized legal field. As a result, you should only consider working with a firm of medical negligence solicitors dedicated to cases like yours. When looking up a firm’s website, check if the solicitors there are accredited members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). The AvMA is the UK charity set up for the safety and justice of patients. A solicitor who is part of the Law Society and AvMA is a strong fit for medical negligence cases.
Once you are done with your research, it is now time to get personal with your chosen solicitors. This is a crucial part of your decision making as medical negligence cases are usually long and complex. You must feel confident and comfortable with your medical negligence lawyer throughout this process. During the interview, try to discern how approachable they are, and if they are readily available to respond to your queries.
Choosing a medical negligence solicitor is a very crucial part of any medical negligence claims. Ensure you choose the right one so you do not miss out on an opportunity to seek justice and receive the compensation you deserve.