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Legal Panel Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our Limb Loss Legal Panel.

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What happens when you call the Legal Panel Helpline?

You call is taken by our Legal Panel Co-ordinator who will ask for your details and a brief description of the circumstances leading up to your call.  Based on your home address, a suitable member of the LLLP will then be identified and the relevant contact details will be passed to you so that you may contact the LLLP member directly to discuss your situation and to determine whether you have legitimate grounds to proceed.

Who has a legitimate claim to compensation?

Anyone who has been harmed by the conduct of another or been injured as a result of sub-standard medical care.

What areas of law can be covered by the panel?

All panel members specialise in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and cases resulting in amputation, but the LLLP can help with most legal enquiries including family law, divorce, employment issues and many more, so if you have any legal enquiries or requirements, contact the panel for free and we will let you know if and how we can help.

Free “initial” advice – what does this mean?

The LLLP solicitor will discuss your case and take full details free-of-charge.  This may include a face-to-face visit to assess whether there is a legitimate claim for compensation.  The LLLP member will advise you on the case, tell you what you could/should do next and inform you if there is a case to be answered.  There will be no charge for any of the time or advice given, even if the panel member is unable to help.  If there is a claim to be answered, the law firm will offer to represent you.

Who pays the legal expenses?

The LLLP panel solicitor will discuss with you the legal costs of bringing your claim and how these can be funded.  All of our solicitors offer “no win, no fee”.  This means that you will not have to pay anything if your case is unsuccessful.

Are there benchmark amounts of compensation for various types of limb-loss?

No.  However, there are guidelines set out by the Judicial Studies Board and each case is decided by reference to this, as well as previously decided cases of law.

How long after an incident can someone claim for compensation?

In the UK, a claim should be submitted usually within 3 years.  If the injury occurred abroad, the time limit may be shorter.  If it happened on a ship, it is only 2 years.  However, it is still worth contacting the LLLP, even if more time has elapsed, so they can assess and advise whether there is still an opportunity to make a claim.

Can someone claim again, for a greater amount, if an amputation occurs years after the initial claim has been settled?

No, other than in very rare circumstances.

How long can compensation claims last for / when does a claimant receive any money?

A claimant will not receive any money until liability is established and agreed.  However this is usually only the first step, as the amount of compensation then needs to be decided and agreed upon by both parties.  This whole process can take anywhere between 2 and 6 years to complete (from the initial legal instructions).  The client will be kept informed about the process, progress and estimated timings throughout their case by their legal representatives.

Who decides on the final compensation amount?

If a negotiated (mutually agreed) settlement cannot be achieved, then ultimately the court will decide on the final compensation amount.

Who eventually pays the compensation?

If a hospital, healthcare professional or NHS Trust is being sued then the NHS Litigation Authority (a Government Department) will pay the compensation.  In a Personal Injury case, the person/company (or their insurance company) who was shown to be at fault for the incident will pay the compensation.

How do legal panel members get paid?  Do claimants pass on any of their compensation?

If your case is successful, the other side will have to pay a contribution towards your legal costs, in addition to your compensation.  However, if your solicitor is acting on “no win, no fee”, then there may be some legal fees and expenses to be deducted from your compensation, but this should only be a small proportion of the sum awarded to you.  Your LLLP panel solicitor will explain this fully at the outset.

Why do you need a specialist in this area of law? What are the added benefits of LLLP members?

The members of the LLLP panel are all considered experts and specialists in this area of law and are amongst the UK’s leading firms for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.  This gives them additional and valuable experience and understanding into the various aspects of complicated compensation cases and means they are well-positioned to ensure that every claim is dealt with correctly and achieves the best possible outcome, with the maximum possible compensation.

They also have a greater experience and understanding of dealing with the specific needs of people who have suffered a catastrophic injury and are preparing for a future life with a disability.

Should I/can I use a family or High Street firm for a compensation claim?

You are free to choose any firm you wish, but we would strongly recommend that you choose a firm that is a specialist in this field, as they will be better placed to advise you.  You are also free to approach and make initial enquiries with more than one firm before deciding who you would like to represent you.

When should I approach a law firm for advice? Can I do this prior to finishing medical treatment?

As soon after an accident/incident as possible.  This may be before amputation surgery takes place or soon afterwards, but if possible before you complete your rehabilitation, as your legal claim may affect the type and level of treatment you are able to receive.

What happens if I already have legal representation?  Am I obliged to stay with that firm?

You can change your legal representation at any time if you are unhappy with the service they are providing.  It is obviously better to do this as soon as possible, as this may impact on the effectiveness of your case.  You should also seek advice and consult with another legal firm first to ensure that they are able to offer you a better quality of service and that your reasons for being dissatisfied are justified.

I already have legal representation.  Can I still call the LLLP for guidance?

Yes

If someone has representation but they want extra or specific advice, can they still call the Legal Panel?

Yes, if they want advice on a matter unrelated to their case, or if they want to talk through something they are not sure about then they should call the panel to see if it is able to help.

Will the LLLP work with smaller firms to assist with existing cases?

This depends on the circumstances and the firms involved.  If a firm does not have the expertise to progress a case then an agreement to preserve their costs up until the date of transfer can be negotiated.  Individual firms on the LLLP may also be able to see/advise clients with their local firm and have arrangements in place for fee sharing on transfer.

Are smaller firms compensated for passing cases onto the LLLP?  How does this work?

Yes, this is possible through fee sharing on transfer or a “finder’s fee” in accordance with the guidelines set out by the legal professions governing bodies.