When it comes to decisions about our health and general wellbeing, we place a great deal of trust in medical professionals to take care of our best interests.
However, sometimes decisions about your care and medical treatment can cause disagreements.
If this has happened to you or a loved one, we can provide expert legal advice to get the outcome that’s right for you.
Expert Legal Advice For Medical Treatment Disputes
As one of the UK’s largest law firms, our team are leaders in providing advice on healthcare and medical treatments.
Some of the disagreements we regularly help clients to resolve involve issues relating to:
- End of life care – where there’s a disagreement about whether or not life support or other life sustaining treatment should continue
- Other medical treatment – where there’s a disagreement over the nature of care or treatment which is appropriate for you or your loved one
- Refusal of drugs or medical treatments – where the NHS has refused to fund a particular drug or treatment
Our Experience In Medical Treatment Cases
We’ve acted in the most significant and ground breaking cases in this area in recent years, including cases involving:
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
We successfully helped a family to challenge the decision to end life support care supplied to their loved one, who was in a minimally conscious state after he suffered a cardiac arrest leading to brain damage. Read the full story here
St George’s Healthcare Trust
We successfully helped our client to challenge the end of life care supplied by St George’s Healthcare Trust to her mother, who was in a minimally conscious state. This was the first time that a court in England and Wales ruled to permit the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from a person who was deemed to be in a minimally conscious state.
W v M and others
We acted for the family of a woman in a minimally conscious state. This ground breaking case set the precedent that the Court of Protection is able to decide whether life sustaining treatment should be withdrawn from a patient in a minimally conscious state.
Ann Marie Rogers v Swindon PCT
In this landmark Court of Appeal case, we successfully challenged the NHS’s decision not to provide Mrs Rogers with Herceptin, to treat her breast cancer.
Colin Ross v West Sussex Primary Care Trust
We successfully challenged the NHS’s decision not to fund a potentially life-saving new cancer drug to Mr Ross, a multiple myeloma sufferer.
Urgent Legal Advice Available
We recognise that being a patient, or having a loved one as a patient, can be a stressful experience, particularly if disagreements arise about treatment and care. We know you need clear advice on your rights and quickly.
Our lawyers also have significant experience in “out of hours” applications to court, where an immediate resolution is required.
We also work closely with specialist barristers and medical experts and can call upon their expertise at short notice.
Funding Your Case
When you first contact us, we’ll discuss each option to help fund your case in a free initial consultation. We can discuss the details about your situation and explain each funding option in detail.
Legal aid is available for many medical treatment cases, subject to a “means test” that we’ll talk through when you first contact us.
We’ll always assess your eligibility for legal aid at the outset at no cost to you and advise you of cost effective alternatives if you’re not eligible.
Will I Have To Go To Court?
We always aim to resolve disputes about care without the need for court proceedings. We’ve successfully resolved many cases through what’s called ‘mediation’ – meaning that going to court isn’t required. We’ll provide you and your family advice and support through every step of proceedings during your case, so you’ll know exactly what’s happening and when.
If your case does need to go to court, we’ll explain everything clearly to you beforehand, so you know what to expect and what’s involved. Although, most people are surprised at how simply and quickly cases are resolved at court.
Contact Us For Expert Advice On Medical Treatment Matters
To talk to us about an issue with your healthcare, or medical treatments for a loved one, call us on 0800 028 1943 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you.