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Hello and thank you for your question. I will be very pleased to assist you. I'm a practising lawyer in England with over 10 years experience.
I am very sorry to hear of your fathers circumstances. May I clarify in a little more detail the areas you would like to discuss; do you wish to discuss the basis for damages you could claim or do you primarily want some suggestions as which firms may be able to help with your fathers case better than perhaps the typical medical negligence claim firm?
To be perfectly honest, both bits of information would be great but if I have to choose one in terms of keeping to the single payment I've already made, some informed advice as to the best firms and/or individuals within the firm to contact would be most appreciated - reiterating no win, no fee - so I guess they'd have to see the value and scope of the case.
London based as I have mentioned would be most preferred.
No problem. Happy to deal with both. May I start with the damages that you can look for?
Thanks. There are a number of categories of damages you can seek for clinical negligence claims. The first category is general damages. These are the most common form of damages and are the damages that are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity which an injury may have caused on the claimant. They are designed to reflect the impact of the injury on the claimant’s life and generally cover the consequences of the injury which cannot readily be valued in terms of money.
There is then the category of special damages. These are claims for financial losses or expenses that have arisen from the injury such as lost earnings and the expenses such as prescriptions or treatement incurred which are attributable to negligence.
There is then the final category of future losses and expenses. This is particularly relevant where an individual doesn't make a full recovery. This could include loss of earnings, cost of ongoing care arising as a result of the injury and so on.
Do you have any questions on the above before I move on to potential firms that might be able to assist?
Is there anything that can be claimed in terms of the shock/emotional trauma to third parties as a result of the event?
This is difficult. This is pricipally because the claim is made by (or more practically on behalf of) your father and damages are assessed in respect of the pain and suffering and consequential losses he suffers as a result as opposed to his extended family. It is possible for the family who are finacially dependent on an individual to claim for any loss of that dependence suffered as a result of the negligence though I assume that would not apply here.
It is also posible to claim for post traumatic stress and similar mental injuries but again this would be difficult for the family to claim because they were not the ones to whom the hospital owed a duty of care as they were not its patient. Rather it is injuries suffered by your father that are eligible for claim.
Is there anything else I can clarify on the above?
That is clear. Thank you - so firms/individuals?
There are a wide range of firms that advertise personal injury and to a slightly lesser extent clinical negligence services so as you will already know there is no shortage of choice. There are two firms I have dealt with and previously referred my own clients to who both performed very well and I believe both offer no win no fee services for clinical negligence claims which yu may consider trying.
The first is Louise Brown of Thomas Snell and Passmore which you can contact on 01892 701261. It is possible they may be a little outside of your travel zone as they are based in Kent. TSP is a Legal 500 and Chambers top ranked firm
The second is a large firm but generally well respected Alison Eddy of Irwin Mitchell who is based in London who can be contacted on(###) ###-####3887
Can I help you with anything else or has the above answered your questions satisfactorily?
Could I get your surname Joshua? By way of a referral?
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