FAQs Clinical Negligence claims

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Who are BL Claims Solicitors

BL Claims Solicitors specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and travel claims, providing our clients with hands-on support, nationally.

We are rated as one of the top firms in the UK and believe in speaking to our clients in jargon-free language and ensuring you're speaking to a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset

Our Clinical Negligence team answer frequently asked questions when making a compensation claim.

How long will it take to bring a claim?

How long it takes to resolve a claim depends on the complexity of the case and whether it is contested or not. 

The first step will be to apply for medical records and the medical practitioner has 40 days to provide these records. The next step will be to obtain expert evidence which can take anything from a few weeks to a few months. 

We will then prepare the Letter of Claim setting out the allegations. The Defendant will have four months to investigate the claim and provide a Letter of Response. Further action is then dependent upon the response of the Defendant. If liability is admitted, a settlement can often be negotiated promptly. 

If liability is denied, Court proceedings will have to be issued. If proceedings are issued, a case will on average take between 18 months and two years to conclude.

How much will it cost to bring a compensation claim?

It will not usually cost you anything to bring a claim for clinical negligence. We will discuss the three main funding options with you at the outset:

  • Legal Aid -  Legal Aid is also known as public funding. It will not ordinarily cost you anything to bring a claim funded by legal aid, but specialist advice is needed because a statutory charge applies over damages and costs obtained until the Legal Services Commission has been repaid for its outlays at the end of the case. Legal aid has now been abolished for all clinical negligence claims, except for child brain injury cases occurring at the time of birth or up to two months afterwards, often referred to as cerebral palsy. We still advise using public funding where that is possible and we will prepare and submit an application for public funding for you.
  • Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) – This is the most commonly used form of funding and is often referred to as ‘no win no fee’.
  • Legal expenses insurance – You may have a Legal Expense Policyas part of a household/home contents insurance policy which may indemnify your claim. If your claim is funded this way, your legal expenses insurer will be responsible for any legal expenses incurred up to a fixed limit.

How much compensation will I get?

Compensation is made up of what is known as general damages (damages for pain and suffering) and special damages (financial losses and expenses). There are Court guidelines and previous case law which form the basis on which general damages are calculated for each case depending upon the type and nature of the injuries sustained. Special damages vary with individual's circumstances in each case and are divided in to past and future losses. 

Where there is no recovery from an injury the future losses can be life long. It is therefore often not possible to give you a precise indication of value at the outset of the case. Our experts will advise and guide you so that you have as much information as possible to make important decisions.

BL Claims Solicitors are here to help

If you would like to talk to someone and discuss a potential claim please call us on 0344 620 6600 anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or if you would prefer you can email us at info@blclaims.co.uk