Medical Negligence Compensation Claims - Video

A copy of our medical negligence compensation team video should be viewable below. A transcript of the file is also provided for your convenience. We hope you find the content useful and informative.

Freephone: 0808 129 3320 or email us using our online enquiry form.

Transcript - Medical Negligence Compensation Claims

My name is Neil Fearn. I am the head of the medical negligence department of Simpson Millar and today I would like to talk to you about the department and the work that we do in that department.

Illness and injury that requires medical treatment and surgery is bad enough. If a medical accident occurs during that treatment or surgery, the outcome can be dreadful. At Simpson Millar we have a team of very experienced lawyers who are very used to acting on behalf of people that have been injured in this way. We have 6 partners who work within the team. Four of those are on either the Solicitors Regulation Authority Panel or on the Action for Victims of Medical Accident Panel so their work has been assessed externally and has been tested to the highest standard. Not only do we have that external accreditation but the department has a franchise from the Legal Services Commission who audit us on a regular basis and ensure that the work that we do is to the highest of standards. The work that we do covers all areas of clinical practice from obstetrics through to care of the elderly. We do work in areas such as dental negligence and not only do we restrict ourselves to that we also cover judicial review cases, inquests, cases presented before the GMC. We do a full range of health care law issues.

The medical negligence department at Simpson Millar always adopts an approach where the client is at the centre of arrangements. We want to ensure, at all times, that your interests are what we take on board, what we consider and what we pursue. Sometimes we have to impart hard and difficult news but equally we always ensure that the information that you get is accurate and relates to the claim. We view openness as being the crucial aspect of any medical negligence claim and any relationship with our clients.

What do we do at Simpson Millar to ensure a medical negligence claim is successful? Well there are 3 main things. Firstly we ensure that we understand thoroughly the claim. We understand what your wishes are and what you want to pursue. We are able to, secondly, ensure that you get the best funding that is available whether it is through the Legal Services Commission by legal aid as it is known or through a Conditional Fee Agreement which is properly known as a no win no fee agreement. We work in all areas of clinical practice.

One of the areas that is probably our strongest area of specialism is obstetrics and gynaecology. We undertake a vast amount of work that relates to injuries that have been caused at birth whether leading to a cerebral palsy injury or Erb’s palsy injury but having said that, we cover all areas whether it be from dental work or other areas such as orthopaedics, care of the elderly, treatment of cancer conditions and the work of general practitioners. We really do not have an area that we have not looked at in the past. Very often you find people have had surgery, they have had a very bad outcome from surgery and what happens is that it is only sometime down the line that they become aware that there is an aspect of their treatment that was not performed as it should have been and that they are have got a worse outcome as a result. That very often happens and we see claims where surgery or treatment was offered, say, many years ago and then suddenly they found out because of subsequent treatment that they have had or whatever that there was a problem very much at the beginning and that is something that we can look into. Probably the most extreme example that I have is a lady who is probably in her 50s at the moment who is complaining about surgery that should have been performed when she was in her early years, say five or six years of age, and this is orthopaedic surgery that should have been performed and she now has a claim.

The best thing to do is try and contact us as soon as possible so that we can give advice. We can give them pointers as to what should be raised with their treating documents so that we can hopefully steer them to raise any complaints that they have and that we can start the claim early. What really does also help is that if we are instructed early we can get the records very quickly and we can start to investigate the claim from day one. The worst thing for us is peoples memories fading, memories of the doctors and obviously the memories of the clients and what we would like to see is the client as soon as possible after they have realised that something has gone wrong. We often see clients in hospital. We go to their bedside and we take instructions form them at that point and yes, that really is sometimes the best way of proceeding.

If you feel that you have a medical negligence claim please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to talk through what has happened and advise you as to the best way of proceeding. Please contact us at Simpson Millar. We look forward to hearing from you.


Neil Fearn Head of Medical Negligence

Call us now on freephone: 0808 129 3320 or send us an email using our online enquiry form.

Latest News

Get In Touch