In recent times certain members of the government have made calls for hospitals to stop personal injury solicitors from advertising in NHS hospitals. They want patients to have the time and peace to recover rather than being diverted by thoughts of claiming compensation.
As a reputable Personal Injury Solicitor and Partner at Wrigley Claydon Vijay Srivastava comments:-
Vijay’s family is steeped in the medical profession going back many generations and therefore appreciates the sensitivities of this issue and the need for clinical care to be the primary concern of all patients in hospital including those who have been injured.
I suspect that the individuals from the Government making these calls want to prevent patients from thinking about suing the hospital that is treating them if the treatment goes wrong. However, we understand that most solicitors who advertise in hospitals are banned from bringing clinical negligence claims against the hospital in which they advertise in.
It is possible that the Government representatives are in some small way trying to reduce the concept of the compensation culture.
Vijay does not advertise his services as a personal injury solicitor in hospitals and is fortunate that his clients seek him out having been referred to him by friends and family whom Vijay has acted for in the past. However, Vijay would favour a ban of solicitors adverts in hospitals as it is important that people who have been injured choose their solicitors carefully based upon reputation, experience and recommendation rather than the size and location of an advert. Whilst Vijay is a whole hearted supporter of the NHS on the rare occasions when clinical negligence occurs, Vijay has successfully represented clients in bringing claims against the hospital where the treatment has gone wrong due to the negligence of the clinicians.
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