In light of the recent scandals involving Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, clinical negligence specialist Peregrine Lavington reflects on how he can help those people who have been affected by the failings of the medical profession.
Peregrine has spent over 20 years experience helping clients to gain redress for mistakes and sub-standard treatment. He has brought successful claims against the NHS, private hospitals, clinics and individual practitioners. In his experience he has found that an admission of failings and an apology can be as important to clients as any financial award achieved.
Mrs Jones* was a recent client of Peregrine’s. She obtained a settlement on behalf of her late father. The NHS had failed to act on the presence of a tumour on an x-ray, and the cancer was found after a prolonged period of pain and suffering. The opportunity to investigate this not only resulted in a change in the Trust’s practices in following up x-ray reporting, but also allowed the family to obtain an expert opinion that confirmed that the cancer would have always been terminal. This brought a sense of closure for the family and removed many of the ‘what ifs’ that had lain heavily on their consciences.
In another case, the importance of receiving a full financial settlement provided Mrs Smith* with the opportunity to pay for an extension to her daughter’s house and care costs after complications following the failure of her GP to diagnose a ruptured Achilles tendon.
While never seeking to take vital funds from the NHS, it is of vital importance that those that have suffered have the opportunity to gain a redress. The awards that are given by the courts only seek to reflect the pain and suffering that has been caused, compensate for any losses sustained such as loss of earnings and pay for any ongoing care that is required.
The legal process for medical negligence claims is complicated and can often take several years. Peregrine and his team are able to assist clients through this process and provide a clear explanation of the proceedings along the way.
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