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On August 10, 2016

How to choose the right solicitor when making a clinical negligence claim

If you find yourself in a position where you are needing legal advice over a medical negligence incident – then things will be pretty serious.

The chances are you will be feeling upset and distressed, and therefore you will want to find a solicitor who will not only know how to legally represent you, but understands your emotional and physical state too.

At Simpkins and Co Solicitors we have a wealth of experience working on a wide range of clinical negligence and dental negligence cases, some of which have been extremely complex and protracted.

We therefore appreciate that it can be difficult and emotional for you to discuss your situation with a lawyer.

It is really important that you feel comfortable with your solicitor and feel that they will be the right team to represent you.

Here are our 5 top tips in helping you find the right solicitor to make a clinical negligence compensation claim: 

1)              Do your research.

Does the solicitor have the right expertise and experience to handle your clinical negligence claim? Check their website, references and see what other medical compensation clients have said about them.

2)              Make a no-obligation appointment.

A reputable firm of solicitors should be willing to meet with you for a free initial consultation where you can discuss your clinical negligence claim on a no obligation basis. A solicitor should be happy to come to you if you are incapacitated, visiting you at home or in hospital – whichever is your preference.

3)              Ask lots of questions.

You will probably never have made a medical negligence claim previously and will not know what to expect. Think of all the questions and queries you have and be prepared to ask the solicitor to explain. Keep asking until you are clear. Your solicitor should be patient and happy to answer all your queries to put your mind at ease. 

4)              Understanding the process.

Ensure you understand the legal process and what your solicitor will do for you. Also make sure you know about any legal fees, how much and how your solicitor will be        paid. Your solicitor cannot confirm any settlement or compensation figure – but will advise you as to whether you have a good case to make. Many solicitors work on a no-win no-fee basis, or can help you make a claim legal costs against any insurance policies you may have.

5)              Does it feel right?

Above all else, does the solicitor feel right? Do you have confidence in them and do you feel comfortable discussing your personal situation? It is very important that you trust your solicitor and can build an honest and open relationship with them.

At Simpkins and Co Solicitors we have successfully represented clincial negligence and dental negligence clients from our offices in Highcliffe, Dorset and Trafalgar Square in central London.

We are accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

To make an initial enquiry about medical negligence compensation or a dental negligence claim – call FREEPHONE 0800 0832755.

Simpkins and Co Solicitors – over 20 years’ experience and expertise www.simpkinsand.co.uk

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