Clinical Negligence Claims
Judkins Solicitors have extensive experience in clinical negligence claims representing clients who have suffered limb loss. We manage claims as a result of traffic accidents, railway accidents, accidents at work and/or injury arising from the negligence of medical health professionals.
Judkins are panel members for the Limbless Association and Limbcare both registered charities committed solely to advancing the interests of amputees in the UK.
Judkins work with both charities to provide a unique legal and support package to an amputee (and their family) before and after an amputation.
Over the last decade there have been enormous developments in prosthetics. It is very important that an amputee is guided so he / she may consider the appropriate prosthetic that best suits him / her. Judkins have a professional association with Limb Solutions a private prosthetic company who are happy to speak with clients without obligation and explain what lies ahead for the amputee and what can be provided in the field of prosthetics to help them regain their mobility and get their life back on track.
Providing for Life After Limb Loss
The costs of providing prosthetics on a private basis for life are considerable and must be included in the claim for special damages.
The amputee may require special prosthetics for example to use when cycling, running or swimming and their needs may also change with time.
Successful Limb Loss Claims
A successful claimant can expect to recover compensation for General damages awarded for pain and suffering caused and then additional compensation for Special damages which is compensation awarded for the financial losses suffered past( present and future ) including loss of earnings, costs of future care, costs of adaptions to home, counselling, nursing and for the provision for prosthetics, as as above.
Judkins are happy to attend a potential client on a without obligation basis in hospital or at home for an initial consultation wherever their are located
With the consent of the client Judkins are happy to discuss a potential claim with family members if the injured party is too traumatised as it is a very important to obtain advice at any early stage so that evidence can be preserved and the right steps are taken to substantiate a claim
Funding Your Claim
Funding for severe injury claims can be on a private client basis or a Conditional Fee Agreement (“CFA”) often referred to as a ‘no win, no fee’ whereby the solicitor will only get paid if the claim is successful. No upfront costs will need to be found other than disbursements such as expert reports and court fees.
Conditional Fee Agreements in personal injury claims are often backed by ‘after the event’ insurance (“ATE”) which provides legal costs insurance to the Claimant if they were unsuccessful in their claim or refused and unreasonable offer to settle until the Court later found (at trial) to be a reasonable one (Part 36 offers).
Judkins may also be able to obtain funding for the client for expert reports which is essentially a loan over a 2 year period.
If a claimant is successful in their claim they can expert to recover the costs of expert reports and a large proportion of their legal costs generally in addition to the compensation awarded.