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Solicitors' practice areas

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence lawyers advise in relation to instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis. Firms typically represent either claimants (usually one at a time, occasionally groups of similar claimants) or defendants (eg, the NHS, private medical practitioners and healthcare providers). This area of practice can at times be heart-wrenchingly sad; for example, cases relating to life-long suffering caused by birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy. It can bring the practitioner intense satisfaction when a client is compensated sufficiently to secure the care that they will need to make their life and that of their family more manageable. Healthcare providers additionally require a broad spectrum of advice on everything from best practice in patient care to life-or-death decisions regarding individuals receiving critical care.