At some point in our lives we will all need medical treatment, and in the vast majority of cases everything is done to a very high standard. Unfortunately, things do occasionally go wrong, and the consequences of a significant medical error can be devastating or even fatal.
At Lanyon Bowdler, we have a team of friendly, compassionate, lawyers who are hugely experienced at talking to people and their families following all sorts of accidents.
Our specialist Hospital & Medical Negligence Solicitors have worked on a wide range of cases, some of which have resulted in large compensation amounts being recovered, such as £2.5 million for birth-related cerebral palsy and £3.9 million for failing to diagnose meningitis.
Talking to a solicitor needn’t be a daunting prospect, so please get in touch for a friendly chat about how we can help. If you wish to complain or seek compensation for an incident of medical or clinical negligence, our team of specialists will be able to deal with it in a sensitive and approachable way.
We understand that recovering compensation in the form of legal damages will not change what has happened, but it is important to highlight cases where something has gone wrong. Taking legal action often results in changes being made which raises medical standards and helps avoid similar mistakes from happening again.
Some of the types of clinical and medical negligence cases our specialist solicitors can deal with include:
Lanyon Bowdler is a leading law firm in flexible pricing options, and we offer conditional funding arrangements (known as no win-no fee) and public funding agreements.
The specialist team includes an in-house doctor and two nurses, so we bring an excellent medical understanding to each claim.
Lanyon Bowdler is a member of the personal injury solicitors list produced by Headway - the Brain Injury Association - so you can be assured we have considerable expertise in cases involving brain injury. We are also included on the 2012 approved solicitors list for the Spinal Injury Association, and are on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Solicitors Panel. We also have a member of the team recognised by AvMA.
Our clinical negligence team has been awarded the Specialist Quality Mark, awarded by the Legal Services Commission, and holds a contract to provide services which are publicly funded (previously known as Legal Aid). This is a testament to the level of expertise and experience in the team and is a prestigious appointment.
The Medical Negligence department is recognised in the top tier for the West Midlands in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500, the directory states that "The lawyers at Lanyon Bowdler 'put their clients' interests at the centre of their work' and attract praise for being 'realistic and open' and for providing 'a service that is second to none'."
"Lanyon Bowdler has a broad practice with particular proficiency in handling brain and spinal injury claims. Kay Kelly co-heads the team and regularly advises on claims pertaining to birth injuries, brain injuries, surgical errors, gender reassignment, and fertility. She is a 'great judge of cases' and 'clients love her friendly and efficient manner'. Fellow practice head Lucy Small is based in Hereford and 'works tirelessly to get the best results'. Other key figures include: associate Emma Broomfield, who has 'great judgement' and 'can spot the winning point', and associate Katherine Marriot-Lodge, who has 'a lovely manner' and is 'intelligent' and 'works hard to get great results'. Also recommended is associate Beth Harrison, who is 'enthusiastic', 'well-read' and possesses a 'sixth sense for cases with hidden substandard care'."
The team are recognised in Band 1 for Shrewsbury & surrounds in the 2019 edition of Chambers UK. The directory states the team is known as being: Impressive practice group with a growing presence across the West Midlands. Offers specialist advice across the full gamut of clinical negligence mandates with particular experience in cases of surgical error, delayed diagnosis, and failure to supervise those at risk of suicide. Additionally skilled in brain injury and fatal claims. Clients highlight that the lawyers are "knowledgeable and experienced," adding: "They always strive for success on behalf of their clients." Another interviewee describes the lawyers as "excellent communicators" who are "prompt, efficient and friendly."
Chambers UK also ranks this team in Band 1 for Hereford, Worcester and surrounds saying: This team is nationally recognised for the provision of legal advice in relation to medical injury, and has a reputation for achieving successful outcomes for clients with difficult and complex cases.
They handle all types of claim such as gynaecological injury, surgical & orthopaedic injuries, and have specific expertise in specialist areas such as birth injuries including cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, delay in diagnosis of cancer as well as misdiagnosis of cancer, amputation & fatal claims.
The team consists of members of the Law Society’s accredited Clinical Negligence panel & Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) specialist panel, which means they are approved experts in their field. In addition, to reflect expertise in particular areas, they are members of associations such as the Headway Approved List and the Spinal Injuries Association.
There are strong local links with independent experts and experienced case managers to provide a multi-disciplinary approach, offering maximum support to a client and their family at the time of crisis. With the right therapies and services, the correct care package, support and accommodation, those who have become carers can step back and return to their role of husband, wife, partner, mother or father. The feedback received shows this type of support can be priceless.
They have a track record in taking over cases from other solicitors where they have been able to turn them around, achieving much better outcomes for the clients.
Lanyon Bowdler won the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year title at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in Manchester, beating off competition from across the UK.
Kay Kelly, head of the team said: “This is absolutely wonderful news and is a fitting tribute to the expertise and dedication of our clinical negligence lawyers.
“Clinical negligence is a particularly sensitive area of law which makes a tremendous difference to people’s lives. A successful claim can be vital for the person’s recovery and future quality of life, so to be recognised as being the best team in the country for our work means a great deal.”
The team is both proud and delighted to have won this award.
You can view the highlights from The Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2018 here.
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If you think you or a family member has been treated negligently by a hospital or a medical professional, which has left you or a loved one distressed, in pain or with additional health problems then it is likely you are entitled to make a Medical Negligence Claim. Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how our team can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Please call for a friendly, confidential and compassionate approach to your situation. There is no obligation you or any charges for our initial assessment.
By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for any form of Serious Injury Claim or Medical Negligence Claim, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on your team. Lanyon Bowdler's Medical Negligence team is widely acclaimed and recognised as one of the best clinical negligence departments in the country. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely and considerately with you to help find the best outcomes and help to get your life back on track.
We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading UK full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in the UK.
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