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NHS hospitals responsible for patient deaths as a result of clinical negligence may get a ‘free pass’ at inquests should the Government’s proposal to cap legal costs come to fruition, a lawyer has warned.
The lawyer also suggests that coroners hearings will become much shorter, and lessons that could be learned will become missed opportunities.
Those with limited means are often represented on a no win no fee basis. The hearings of such cases are often considered the best opportunity for investigating errors and making recommendations for improvements that may help hospitals avoid cases of clinical negligence in the future.
However, the Government’s new proposals suggest that those who lose negligence cases will not have to pay the claimants legal costs if a claim is worth less than £25,000.
The lawyer maintains that this would make it extremely difficult for the average person to find lawyers who are able to hold hospital bosses to account in an inquest.
He said: “Inquests these days are much more searching than back in the day, and you often need specialist solicitors and barristers.”
“We risk going back to the days when hearings are just two hours long and rely on evidence only from a consultant working at the hospital concerned.”
He also added that “You will get families finding there is no accountability.”
The Government are also proposing a cap on the amount that can be awarded to claimants to cover the cost of expert evidence.
Under the proposal, claimants would be restricted to £600 for expert fees, however, most experts quote a fee of £1,000 to £2,000 to prepare a report, meaning that the remainder of the cost would be left for the claimant to cover out of their own pocket.
A spokesperson for leading patient safety charity – Action against Medical Accidents highlights that without the preliminary report many victims of clinical negligence would stand little chance of compensation as they would be unable to assess the strength of their case in the first place.
Pursuing a clinical negligence claim can often be a complex process which is why it is so important to find a solicitor that specialises in this area. Too many firms add clinical negligence into their general portfolio of personal injury practitioners without having clinical negligence solicitors.
At Thorneycroft Solicitors we have a dedicated team who specialise in this field alone. We work with the most experienced medical experts, ensuring their involvement from the outset of the claim to offer advice and guidance.
There to advise you through each step of the process, from the initial advice to possible treatment if required, we pride ourselves on our professional but caring approach.
If you would like to find out if you could bring a claim, call us for free on 0800 1979 345 or complete our online enquiry form by clicking here.
A personal injury law firm has lost its £4.5 million claim for legal expenses after an insurance underwriting agency allegedly failed to deliver on the expected number of referrals for the law firm.
A top judge has called on the Government to clarify its stance surrounding corporate law disputes after Brexit.
Lord Chief Justice Thomas, who is head of the judiciary in England and Wales stated that “English law and the English courts will be used to resolve business disputes after Britain has withdrawn from the EU in 2019”.
However, he has urged the Government to clarify the position, particularly the mutual recognition of judgements throughout Europe, which currently happen automatically under EU law.
In a speech, Lord Thomas said: “Brexit will not change the substantive content and application of English contract law — as it was never part of EU law”.
He also added: “It is the wish of the entire legal community to continue to assure businesses here and elsewhere in the world that using English law . . . will continue to be the same after March 2019 as it is today.”
He insisted that the Government must clarify the position as contracts are being made every day which will be binding for years to come.
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A personal injury firm could face a police investigation after allegations that a number of criminal offences may have been committed in conjunction with a claim that was filed for a non-client.
The alleged offences include fraud in making a false claim for compensation, forgery of a medical report, and perverting the course of justice.
The presiding judge in the case said: “I am going to direct that copies of this judgment be supplied to the police and to the Crown Prosecution Service so that they can decide whether the matter merits further investigation.”
The case relates to a collision which occurred in 2011 between a tractor and a car driven by the claimant. During the incident, the claimant did suffer injuries, however, the issue that has arisen is that two claim notification forms (CNFs) were submitted by two different solicitors.
Both claims were supported by two medical reports by two different doctors. However by the time proceedings were issued by the first firm, the insurer had agreed to settle the claim with the second firm, which is when it was brought to light that there were two representatives for a single claimant and that one had to be fake.
A report by The Law Gazette said that firm 2 who are alleged to have committed the offence blamed two non-qualified fee earners who had left the firm for the fraudulent activity.
Describing the firm as evasive, the presiding judge said: “What is abundantly clear, though, is that firm 2 have constantly stalled and obfuscated, and have failed to assist those acting for the claimant and the defendant to resolve the position. This has materially delayed the resolution of the claim and added significantly to the costs.”
Firm 2 said it “welcomes any investigations in order to exonerate the firm.”
If you think you may have a potential personal injury claim, then our specialist team are here to help.
Thorneycroft is one of the UK’s leading firms of dedicated personal injury claim solicitors, with a reputation for the highest levels of customer service and successful no win – no fee compensation claims. Our specialist team of personal injury solicitors provide effective, friendly and honest advice when dealing with your personal injury claim. We have dealt with many successful claims for personal injury serving clients located throughout the UK.
We offer a free initial interview in order to review your specific circumstances and assess the viability of your personal injury claim. To book an appointment for your free consultation call us on 0800 1979 345 or complete our simple online enquiry form by clicking here.
A woman has been awarded a seven figure settlement for a personal injury claim.
The woman who pursued the claim for over two years received the settlement after an unforeseeable accident left her paralysed from the waist down.
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The Government has postponed its decision on whether lawyer fees for clinical negligence cases should be capped.
The decision was originally expected to be made public knowledge before parliament went into its annual summer recess, however, the results of the decision are now expected ‘in due course’.
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