When bringing a clinical negligence claim, lawyers must not only assess the strength of the case in legal terms but also consider the potential value of your claim. This is not a straightforward task and but there are guidelines to assist with this.
Compensation, or ‘damages’, is generally split into two parts; Special Damages which include the likes of loss of earnings, care and assistance or funeral expenses and General Damages which are to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity experienced.
Assessing General Damages is usually the most difficult, however, lawyers are able to refer to previous case law for examples and also the Judicial College Guidelines. These guidelines, also used by the Courts, detail ranges of compensation for various types of injuries ranging from a broken leg to psychiatric injuries and are a very useful tool to valuing how much compensation a claimant may be entitled to.
If you feel that you may have suffered from clinical negligence and have a claim for compensation, one of our specialist clinical negligence lawyers would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your options. We will talk you through your options, including how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA).