Medical Negligence – Why Choose Oliver & Co?
We understand that some people are reluctant to bring a legal claim against members of the medical profession and/or the NHS, while others feel that if someone has suffered due to negligent treatment by a doctor/nurse/dentist, they should be entitled to receive compensation for their losses.
The head of our Clinical Negligence Department (Linda Schermer) has changed careers from working as a doctor to working as a solicitor and is therefore well placed to assist and advise clients with what can be a difficult decision to make.
Free assistance in drafting a letter of Complaint
Some clients just want to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure no other patient will suffer an injury like them, rather than seek compensation initially. At Oliver & Co Solicitors, we therefore offer assistance with drafting a letter of complaint free of charge and with no strings attached.
Making a compensation Claim
Needless to say, if a client is seeking compensation for a loss incurred as a result of negligent medical treatment, our expert clinical negligence solicitors have all the experience and knowledge necessary to assist in making such a compensation claim.
No Win No Fee
A big worry for many clients is whether they will have to pay anything towards legal fees. Our expert medical negligence solicitors are able to offer a range of funding options, the most commonly used option being a ‘no win no fee’ agreement. Unlike many other firms , under our ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, there are no upfront charges.
Duration of the Claim
Another concern for clients is how long their claim will take to come to its conclusion and some ask whether they will have to go to Court or not.
Medical Negligence claims, depending on their complexity, usually take between 18-36 months to settle out of court and longer if the court process has to be started. Although we sometimes have to start the court process, the vast majority of our claims settle before our client has to actually go to court.
Our head of our clinical negligence department Linda Schermer is a qualified doctor as well as a qualified solicitor. Linda practised in medicine for some 10 years before qualifying as a solicitor.
Linda’s experience and knowledge assists us greatly in pursuing claims on behalf of our clients. She is able to get to the issues of a potential claim quickly and we use Linda’s medical and legal knowledge as part of our initial screening process for potential negligence claims. This has even resulted in us taking on and winning claims that have already been turned down by other law firms.
Within our specialist clinical negligence department, we also have a solicitor with specialist knowledge of dental care claims and a Solicitor who is very successful in pursuing nursing care claims (for instance resulting in pressure sores). All our solicitors deal with all aspects of medical negligence claims and we use our knowledge to get great results for our clients.
Another reason to use Oliver and Co Solicitors is that our specialist clinical negligence department works very much on a team basis, allowing us to pool our legal and medical experience to offer the best service to clients. Even though your claim will be dealt with by a named Solicitor who deals with your file on a day to day basis, another member of our team is usually able to assist you in the absence of your named solicitor.
As we have a specialist and dedicated clinical negligence team, we understand the issues of these complex claims. Whether a claim revolves around a missed fracture or a much more sensitive medical problem, we are able to talk about it without embarrassment and we have been praised regularly by our clients for our professionalism in dealing with their claims.
We are here to help. If you think you may have a claim, please contact us for free advice on telephone number: 01244 354688