Medical negligence advice ’now more important than ever’, as medical negligence claims against NHS rise 30%
Medical negligence claims specialists Darbys Solicitors has urged people to come forward and receive legal advice if they believe they are the victim of a mistake by a medical professional.
New statistics from the NHS Litigation Authority have shown an approximate 30% increase in claims against the NHS over the past 12 months, with around 9,000 patients seeking compensation. This has cost the NHS a total of £863 million - a £76 million increase on the previous year.
However, the organisation’s chief executive Steve Walker stated that the much of the money paid out went on legal fees, rather than compensation.
The report from the NHS Litigation Authority went on to suggest that the current no win, no fee system introduced by the Labour government is the reason for the rise in the number of claims, rather than mistakes themselves.
Reacting to the remarks, though, medical negligence expert and lawyer at Darbys Solicitors LLP Richard Money-Kyrle said: "The NHS Litigation Authority’s comments might put some people off seeking legal advice if they believe they have been the subject of negligence; they may now feel guilty for considering claiming compensation, be unwilling to become a part of the so-called ’claims culture’ or be nervous that people might think less of them for doing so.
“However, our advice to those who believe they have suffered because of a medical mistake is to seek legal advice from experts in their field and ascertain whether they have a genuine claim. So many people decide not to do so, but they can end up in serious financial trouble as some require long spells off work yet have to pay for expensive medical treatment and other essentials their injury has forced upon them.”
“Here at Darbys Solicitors, we are not ’ambulance chasers’. We offer the expertise of our lawyers to those who need it most, and do everything we can to recover the compensation victims deserve.”
Darbys Solicitors LLP is a leading law firm with solicitors who are leaders in their field. For further information about medical negligence compensation claims, visit the company’s dedicated website: http://www.darbysmedicalnegligence.co.uk
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