Clinicians and indeed patients with a grievance often feel frustrated at the slow moving legal process. We offer the chance for early independent mediation as we believe that once matters are placed within the hands of lawyers families become all consumed by the legal process, emotions run high and this can impact on how the case runs thereafter.
Whilst covering mediation in the traditional way as part of proceedings and dealing with legal representatives – our early mediation scheme involves introducing the chance for mediation before legal action is commenced.
The benefits of this being saving public money, assisting the families to come to terms with what has happened to them and obtain ‘closure’ without the often daunting thought of legal action taking several years and costing time, money and effort.
In our experience, families involved in clinical negligence and personal injury actions are seeking one or several of the following:
- Recognition there has been a breach of duty which won’t happen again.