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A national reputation for excellence, we can offer you high quality specialist advice and assistance with flexible funding arrangements to help you secure a financial settlement arising out of a medical injury.
Clinical negligence involves complex issues of medicine and law and it is essential to ensure that a specialist solicitor handles your claim. At Russell-Cooke, our team of individually accredited lawyers have been securing awards for our clients for many years.
It can be a daunting prospect to pursue a claim against the NHS or a private doctor. A prospect that is made more stressful if you are still suffering the effects of the injury and your livelihood has been affected as a result. Through our long experience of dealing with claims, we know the stresses that are placed upon the victim and the family. We always aim to secure interim payments at the earliest opportunity to help pay for ongoing rehabilitation and to repay the victim and their family for any expenses that they have had to incur as a consequence of the injury.
Clients that have suffered a catastrophic injury tend to remain our clients for some time, as we can advise on a range of additional issues such as wills, trusts, court of protection and conveyancing.
We have specialised teams that can advise on all of these issues thereby ensuring that you receive maximum benefit from your damages.
We work closely with you and your family to assist with your rehabilitation and ongoing care and, if necessary, help appoint a case manager for you.
Once compensation has been finalised you may need advice on how to financially manage large sums of money. We regularly deal with large claims and so are able to provide knowledge and access to appropriate financial advice that you may need.
We have a flexible approach to funding claims. We act for many clients under conditional fee ('no win no fee') agreements, under which solicitors will not generally receive payment of their fees if a claim doesn't succeed. However, under these agreements solicitors are entitled to charge a success fee to clients who win their cases (a percentage of the solicitors' fees, capped at 25% of compensation obtained for pain and suffering and for financial losses up to the date of any trial).
Our team includes specialist lawyers who are accredited members of panels including the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (AVMA) Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
We have been awarded a civil contract in clinical negligence by the Legal Aid Agency. This allows us to provide civil legal aid and advice across England and Wales.
The Legal 500 (2022) says our "really excellent clinical negligence team" has "real strength and depth. There is excellent collaboration between team members. They present as committed, determined and highly competent with the client always at the centre." Clients especially note our "ability to ensure that relevant expertise was used to provide the best possible advice."
"Accomplished team assisting clients with complex and sensitive cases" they are "also experienced in handling a range of complex medical cases involving serious and fatal injuries" Chambers UK (2019).
We are happy to visit clients at home if you are unable to see us at our office and we, of course, have facilities for disabled and wheelchair bound clients.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people. Founded in April 1990 by a group of barristers and solicitors who wished to improve the services provided for victims of personal injury, today APIL has grown to become the trusted organisation in the promotion, encouragement and development of expertise in personal injury law. APIL has created networks, forged links and uses its 4,700 strong voice to promote the rights of injured people and fight to ensure access to justice.www.apil.org.uk
Action against Medical Accidents
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is the independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident. A 'medical accident' is where avoidable harm has been caused as a result of treatment or failure to treat appropriately.www.avma.org.uk
Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.www.headway.org.uk
INQUEST is a charity that provides a free advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on deaths in custody.www.inquest.org.uk
Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel
The Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme covers all work undertaken by solicitors and suitably qualified Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) arising out of any act of negligence, breach of contract and/or statutory duty as a result of which the victim has sustained injuries in the course of medical or dental care.
Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national charity for spinal cord injured people. The charity offers support and assistance from the time of injury and for the rest of a paralysed person's life, provides services to increase an individual's quality of life and campaign for the best medical and social care for spinal cord injured people.www.spinal.co.uk
The main funding options relevant to compensation claims are set out below. We would be pleased to offer potential clients a free no obligation half hour interview or an initial assessment over the telephone to discuss the likelihood of pursuing a claim and discuss the various funding options available to you.
Public Funding / Legal Services Commission
This was abolished for most injury claims in April 2000. However, it is still available for clinical claims and as we have a contract with the Legal Services Commission we can apply for you.
"No Win, No Fee"/Conditional Fee Agreements
These are agreements between you and a firm of solicitors. If you win, the other side pays your solicitor's costs and if you lose your solicitor does not get paid.
However losing could mean that you have to pay the other side's costs, but you can protect yourself by taking out an insurance policy which will pay the other side's costs if you lose.
Legal Expenses Insurance
We recommend that you check all insurance policies (including any belonging to other family members) as you might be covered for solicitors fees for accident claims and you will still be able to instruct us to act for you.
Your own money
You can pay your own costs and we will ask you to pay for the work as the case progresses. Costs can be expensive and if you lose you could end up paying the other side's fees as well.
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
An independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident.www.avma.org.uk
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people.www.apil.org.uk
Citizens advice bureau
The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice, and by influencing policy makers.citizensadvice.org.uk
Community legal services and public funding (legal aid)
The Legal Aid Agency providex civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Waleslegalservices.gov.uk
Courts and Tribunals Service
Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Our remit is to deliver justice effectively and efficiently to the public. We are responsible for managing the magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court, county courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales.https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-courts-and-tribunals-service
General Dental Council
Organization that regulates dental professionals in the UK. Includes work details, news, publications and events.www.gdc-uk.org
General Medical Council
The GMC registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Our purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.www.gmc-uk.org
A brain injury association that is a registered charitywww.headway.org.uk
A charity that provides a free advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on deaths in custody.www.inquest.org
The Law Society
The Law Society is the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales.www.lawsociety.org.uk
Nursing & Midwifery Council
The Nursing & Midwifery Council exists to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public.www.nmc-uk.org
Office of the Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian supports and promotes decision making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future, within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.www.gov.uk
The Royal College of Nursing
The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.www.rcn.org.uk
Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national charity for spinal cord injured people. We are unique in that we are a user led organisation with all our Trustees being spinal cord injured themselves.www.spinal.co.uk