Hudgell Solicitors will be strongly opposing Department of Health (DoH) proposals to place a cap on legal costs involved in clinical negligence claims against NHS organisations.
Importantly, we will do so to not to protect our own earnings in such cases, but crucially to ensure patients across the UK continue to have the option of seeking compensation when they have been victims of sub-standard medical care.
As specialists in handling such claims, we see the devastating, life-changing impact medical negligence can have. When people suffer from sub-standard treatment, they need someone on their side to ask serious questions of those who have let them down.
Hudgell Solicitors have revealed figures from their own medical negligence cases against the NHS to challenge claims of ‘excessive charging’ by law firms in the UK – and to show how much lower costs would have been had Trusts admitted liability at an earlier stage.
It comes as the matter has been thrown under the spotlight following national newspaper reports which revealed more than £4.5 billion had been paid out in compensation to patients – and to cover legal costs – by NHS Trusts in the past five years for medical mistakes.
Hudgell Solicitors have now revealed details from cases in which attempts to secure early admissions of liability and settlements were refused, only to end the same final result months or years later, when legal costs had risen significantly.