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.