As solicitors who represent seriously injured children and adults in clinical negligence claims, we are aware that, while Claimants need access to compensation, they may be worried by the prospect of a trial.
It was good to hear Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of NHS Confederation, on this morning's BBC Radio Four Today programme acknowledge that "not all lawyers are ambulance chasers". He was considering the rise in the cost to the NHS of medical negligence claims.
For those hoping for confirmation of what approach the judiciary is going to take now that JR is settled, sadly, this blog cannot provide that. However, this blog does take stock of the current situation, looks at how we got here and tries to offer some insight into where we might be going.
The impact and consequences of an acquired brain injury (ABI) can reach far beyond the injured survivor. Relationships and family roles can be instantly and dramatically changed and no family unit can ever be truly prepared to deal with an ABI, especially when it occurs through someone else’s fault.
As solicitors who regularly act on behalf of children suffering from cerebral palsy, we are often asked by parents how a clinical negligence claim for their child might be funded. Understandably, this is an important issue for families who are already coping with their child’s additional needs and do not have the resources to fund a costly legal claim.