Significant changes to the law have now come into effect, altering the way in which medical negligence claims work.

We explain the new law in brief below. However, it is important to note that if you have suffered at the hands of medical professionals, you will still be able to pursue a compensation claim.

The law in brief

On 1st April 2013, Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force. This means that anyone who has been harmed because of medical negligence (or clinical negligence as it is now known) will still be able to pursue a claim, but there will be:

  • No more legal aid, except for children who suffer severe birth injuries because of medical negligence
  • No more 100% compensation settlements

In the past claimants would receive all their compensation without any deductions. Now the Government has said your solicitor cannot recover their success fee from the losing side (as used to be the case). This means your solicitor will have to recover this money from your settlement.

Want to know more?

If you started your claim before the 1st April 2013, you will be protected from the changes as your case will still be run under the old law.

If you are thinking about making a medical negligence claim and you would like to know more about how the process works, the costs involved and how much compensation you could receive, please get in touch with us at Glynns. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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