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Bringing a Medical Negligence Claim?

What makes a Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel Member different from other lawyers? Well, typically a freelance Consultant Lawyer on the law med panel does not work for huge city centre multiple discipline firm with hundreds of paralegals, secretary's and admin staff. They do not have a human resource department, a marketing department, a payroll department or a company accountant. They are self employed Consultant Medical Lawyers, they don't work on personal injury claims or umpteen other things, they genuinely are real specialists with low overheads and first class reputations. They forge alliances with strong firms that allow them to focus on highly complex and high value Medical, Surgical and Dental Claims. 

Real specialist Medical lawyers belong to one of 2 specialist panels; these are the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the AV M non lawyer Panel. They all have to pass a Medical law scrutiny program which checks previous cases and reviews a  portfolio of legal work, it has minimum standards for Medical legal conduct and lawyer knowledge. With very strict standards for all lawyers who work only in medical cases. They all have to commit to 16 hours of Medical specific training above and beyond legal training every year.  There are nearly 100,000 lawyers in England and Wales of various levels of qualification but only about 500 genuine specialist lawyers in Medical - Clinical Law. 

Clinical, Medical, Dental and Surgical Solicitor Specialists
Law Society Medical Panel

Ultimately for every Medical Lawyer these days, reputation comes second place to being top on Google. The worst of everything you will ever buy is often among the first search results on the engine. What we believe we can all agree on is; if you are going to be stuck with a Medical lawyer for at least 6 months, you had better be sure its someone you can respect and  someone you trust. We believe that is us, call us and see if you agree..

So, if you contact a lawyer through Law-Med Solicitors, you access a unique funding structure (because only a lawyer Medical Panel member can get this) you access unique experience and qualifications and you access a lawyer with the highest standards of client care and reputation. 

As Consultant lawyers Panel Members have much lower volumes of client files that city lawyers at big firms, they can dedicate real time to Medical research and to representation and when it comes to it to legal negotiation as well. They dont have targets to hit or admin staff to support and your claim will be run by a Solicitor and not a paralegal or legal clerk. Other lawyers firms envy this because they have a lot of non lawyer weight to carry. Consultant Panel Members don't, when you call, a Solicitor answers, not a receptionist, when you email, a Solicitor answers, not a paralegal or "litigation executive", when you want to talk to someone, its a Solicitor not a manager or secretary. 

What is a typical Panel Members Background

No Matter What Type of Medical Negligence We Will Have Seen it Before. 

Mr Balmforth was also a former member of the International Bar Association Healthcare and Life Sciences committee and the Regulatory and Professional Conduct Division. He maintains strong links with the UK Academy of Forensic Medical Science and he is also a member of the Leeds and District Medico Legal Society as well as the London Medico-Legal Society. He sits as a full member of the Lay Advisory Group to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and also sits as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons Dental Surgical Council. He is a dual qualified Barrister and Solicitor Advocate and a holder of the Specialist Panel of the law Society of England and Wales  Clinical Negligence Accreditation. He is also a current applicant for additional Mental Health Advocate Accreditation for which client Legal Aid may be available.  

Mr Graham G Balmforth,  BA (Hons) LLB (Hons), DipFMS (Glasgow) Msc. (F.Med) Solicitor Advocate,  is a dual qualified Solicitor and Barrister having been called to the Bar at Lincolns Inn of Court in 1998. He is an approved and accredited member of the Specialist Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel.  For the last 13 years he has run the Dental and Medical Negligence teams at the National firm of Applebys Solicitors and he continues with this firm and several others as a Senior Consultant Solicitor on High value and complex and catastrophic medical claims. 

He has high quality experience in complex litigation of very high value negligence actions (over £1 million) and he is regularly consulted by other firms on complex legal medical and legal forensic issues. He has run civil litigation actions at top 100 legal firms as well as smaller regional practices.  He has previously been involved within legal forensic teams for international investigations for government agencies. He lectures widely on issues of human tissue law as well as both medical and dental law.

Claimants often comment that their case is usual or strange, however, after years working in medical law there are few surprises left for member Solicitors. The majority of clinical, surgical, medical and dental negligence is a repeat of a mistake made previously. Ultimately, it is true that new and novel evidence sometimes appears but by and large if you have suffered a degree of negligence within a clinical setting our members will have seen it before. That is advantageous for them and for you as we can usually tell quite early on if the claim is likley to succeed or not. Of course to some degree every claim is different but our members experience can often mean the difference between large settlement or small one. 

No matter what has happened to you and how you have suffered, your claim has the greatest chance of success by employing a panel member solicitor who is Law society approved. 

In addition, the complexities present in your claim are ones that sometimes only a specialist solicitor is likely to see.

If you are confused at all by what you have read or if you feel that you just need to speak to someone then simply give us a call and we will route you to a solicitor to take your call and take you through the evidence and the funding of your claim. 

Almost all of our members claims are no win no fee and they have an enviable reputation for the transparency of their agreements.

"Not the first Solicitor I spoke too, however, the first one that knew what a midline episiotomy was and when it should be performed.."

"It was such a relief talking to someone who actually understood the situation I was in and the treatment I should have received, It gave me confidence and helped me to get to grips with the statement.." 

"Thankyou for taking the time to spell things out simply, I did not have to ask for this and you made really made me feel that I was in the middle of things..."

All Solicitors approved by Law-Med are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and carry  full indemnification 

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