COVID-19: Distinguishing crime
Most of us at some point have made our way to an A&E department unable to wait until the next day to see our GP. You may be suffering from unbearable toothache or require stiches to your finger after cutting yourself badly when drilling a hole in your wall to hang this amazing photograph you just bought in IKEA on a late Sunday afternoon.
The purpose of the law is to minimise inequalities, and create a single platform where we all stand together on the same level. This could include differences between gender, age, disabilities, race, religion and sexual orientation. However, though the theory is valid, in one area, we are still practicing discrimination as if it is the norm.
You may have seen the recent press coverage relating to the government’s plan to consider introducing fixed recoverable costs for personal injury claims involving clinical negligence worth up to £250,000. There is an underlying premise that this will save the NHS money at the expense of ‘greedy’ lawyers. I find it frustrating that the approach and behaviour of NHS Defendants (which drive up Claimant costs) has so far been overlooked. Additionally, I question the impact that fixed costs would have on injured Claimants’ access to justice.
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