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What is a Medical Malpractice Law Firm

Have you ever wondered what a medical malpractice law firm is? What they do? Why they exist? Whether they actually do any good, or whether they are simply another form of modern day greed and opportunism? Most people have, and hopefully this article will be able to answer some of your questions.

Surely They Only Exist in America?

We frequently hear of your friends across the pond suing each other left, right and centre, often for the most ridiculous of things (because boring day-to-day cases aren’t worth reporting over here in the UK, we only hear about the extreme ones). It’s not surprise then that the majority of people would believe that medical malpractice law firms are strictly American, and don’t exist in the UK – but this is not so.

Doctors owe their patients what is called a civil duty. Breach of this duty can be due to negligence, unprofessionalism, or substandard care in general. This is nothing new, and is far from an American-only occurrence.

What is a Medical Malpractice Law Firm?

While most law firms in the UK that deal with medical malpractice aren’t simply focused on that one issue (they are often involved in other personal injury claims as well), they can still be defined within the parameters of medical malpractice law firms: this simply means that they have lawyers on board who specialise in handling medical malpractice claims. They are thus able to provide you with information as to whether or not you have a valid claim – quite often, so long as you agree to let them handle the case should you be deemed to have one, this advice will be provided free of cost, and then possibly on a no-win no-fee basis.

Within their firms they have individuals who possess extensive knowledge within the medical field, patient’s rights and doctor’s responsibilities. As with any area of law, determining what constitutes a breach of law and the foundations of a valid case is very difficult indeed, and knowledge within the areas outlined above along with extensive knowledge of previously un- and successful cases is of the essence.

Do They Serve a Valid Purpose?

Now that the main question – what is a medical malpractice firm – has been answered and we have briefly established that they do exist in the UK and not just the US, it’s time to approach what may be the most critical question in understanding medical malpractice firms: are they just another way for people to express their greed, or are do they do any good? I will not go in to too much detail here, but simply answer the question as plainly as possible – a lot of people go in to too much depth when answering this particular question, making their answers virtually impossible to understand for laymen.

The answer, then, is “yes” – they serve a very important purpose indeed. Any industry needs an external watchdog whose standards they work against; this ensures that practitioners within the industry at hand work to the highest possible standards. Further, thousands of people fall victim to substandard treatment every year – sometimes with fatal consequences – and may not only be entitled to, but in dire need of, a cash injection in order to continue life to the highest standard possible.