How will the new national lockdown affect your medical negligence case?

14th January 2021 Clinical Negligence

The New Year has not started as anyone would have wanted and it is extremely saddening to see the number of people dying due to coronavirus reach record levels. Each life lost is a tragedy and our thoughts are with anyone grieving a loved one.

With the UK moving into a tough new lockdown to try to control the number of people contracting coronavirus, we are aware that the patients and families we are working on behalf of in the medical negligence department at JMW may have questions about how this will affect their case.

Still here for you

The first thing we want to reassure our clients about, and even injured people and their families who may need us in the future, is that we are here for you with a normal, albeit adapted due to the circumstances, service.

We moved quickly in the first lockdown to ensure we had the technology and systems to support effective home working and that is still the case today. Our partners and other solicitors are able to effectively investigate and challenge concerns patients and families have about their medical treatment and continue to secure compensation they require to fund ongoing care and cope with disabilities. The majority of our correspondence is sent electronically, apart from to those clients who are unable to use email. We also have access to video conferencing software to facilitate client and expert meetings and attendance at virtual court hearings, settlement meetings and mediations.

Overcoming the hurdles

We are pleased to have been able to adapt so effectively but that’s not to say there have challenges along the way due to external factors beyond our control. Although the courts have remained open, we have seen delays to some hearings that are required for the ongoing management of cases. Our team will do everything within its power to keep families updated and ensure the case proceeds as swiftly as possible so they can get the answers and financial support they desperately need.

Other challenges have sometimes arisen in obtaining information from hospitals due to the understandable pressure they currently face. However we have worked closely with hospital legal teams and cooperated with them to manage this additional pressure while also progressing the case.

During this time of national emergency we remain as committed as ever before to best interests of our injured clients, who have already suffered so much. Please do not hesitate to contact our team by telephone or email if there is anything at all you would like to discuss.

 

 

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Eddie Jones is a Partner and Head of Department located in Manchesterin our Clinical Negligence department

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