Choosing the right type of solicitor to handle your claim can be a bit of a minefield. Clients often assume that solicitors ‘do everything’ but that’s not the case anymore. There are very few generalist solicitors, and for good reason!
You need to a solicitor who specialises in the area of law that you’re seeking advice in. And once you’ve found a few solicitors who are specialists in what they do, how do you select a REALLY good one?
Solicitors can be specially accredited by independent organisations who assess and carefully select solicitors who meet their strict quality criteria. Sara Westwood, Director and Solicitor at Morgan Jones Pett is one of a small number of solicitors who is accredited by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), this blogs explains what that means for you as a client.
AvMA – Action against Medical Accidents
AvMA is an independent patient safety charity, who provide advice and support to patients.
Clinical negligence is a complex and specialist area of law and requires not only medical and legal knowledge, but also an ability to empathise with the feelings and needs of the client and in many cases, the impact cases can also have on a patients’ family.
After listening to experiences of patients who had been let down by their legal advisors, AvMA pioneered the concept of clinical negligence as a separate specialism within legal practice and the establishment of the first accreditation scheme for clinical negligence lawyers - the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel.
For a solicitor to become a member of the panel, they need to show high levels of customer care, empathy and a knowledge of the ways to resolve clinical disputes. Solcitiors have to be reaccredited after 5 years and are required to sign up to the AvMA code of conduct to remain on the panel. This ensures they still reach the standard expected by AvMA to guarantee the best care for you, the client.
The AvMA Panel represents an essential quality mark for practitioners like Sara, who place client care at the centre of their practice.
The panel pride themselves on their trademark, which expects a high standard of legal service from all its panel members – those who are prepared to go the extra mile for their client.
To identify an AvMA approved solicitor, look for the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence panel logo.
About Sara Westwood
Sara Westwood is an experienced specialist in clinical negligence solicitor who has a particular interest and experience in gynaecological and obstetric claims, orthopaedic cases and errors that have occurred in accident and emergency.
If you think you may have a clinical negligence case, contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 01603 877000.