We put a lot of trust in medical professionals when it comes to our healthcare and that of our loved ones. We trust them to make the right choice and act in our best interests all the time. However, when it comes to something deeply personal like decisions about care and medical treatment, disputes can arise.

At Irwin Mitchell our health and social care lawyers are national leaders in this area of law and experts in providing advice to get the outcome that's right for you. We regularly help our clients to resolve issues relating to:

  • End of life care - where there's been a disagreement about whether or not life sustaining treatment should continue.
  • Refusal of drugs or medical treatments - where the NHS has refused to fund a particular drug or treatment.
  • Other medical treatment -where there's been a disagreement about whether the nature of care or treatment is appropriate for you or a loved one.

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 solicitors 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.

To get in touch with our medical treatment disputes experts, either call us on 0800 028 1943 or fill in our contact form and we will call you back.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Have To Go To Court?

We always try to resolve cases without the need for court proceedings. We've successfully resolved many cases through "mediation" - an alternative form of dispute resolution where we act as a neutral party to bring about a resolution that suits both sides.

If your case does go to court we'll explain everything clearly to you beforehand, so you know what to expect and what's involved. Many of our clients are surprised how quickly and easily cases are resolved in court.

Whatever happens, our experienced lawyers will be here to provide you and your family advice and support through every step of proceedings. To find out more, please call our medical treatment dispute specialists on 0800 028 1943.

Why Should I Choose Irwin Mitchell To Help Me With A Medical Treatment Dispute?

At Irwin Mitchell, our health and social care specialists have helped many clients get a successful outcome following a medical treatment dispute. Our experts are always on hand to offer support and advice and, with offices right across the country, we're never far away either.

As a firm, we have acted in some of the most significant and ground breaking cases of recent years.

We approach every case with the same client-first approach that's focused on getting you the result, care and treatment you need.

To talk to us about an issue with your healthcare, or medical treatments for a loved one, either call us on 0800 028 1943 or fill in our contact form and we will call you back.

What Experience Does Irwin Mitchell Have Of Medical Treatment Disputes?

We've acted in some of the most significant and ground breaking cases of this area of law in recent years, including cases involving:

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

In this successful case we helped a family challenge the decision to end life support care for their loved one, who was in a minimally conscious state after he suffered a cardiac arrest leading to brain damage.

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 minimally conscious.

W v M and others

We acted for the family of a woman in a minimally conscious state in a landmark case that set the precedent allowing the Court of Protection to decide whether life sustaining treatment should be withdrawn from a patient in a minimally conscious state.

Ann Marie Rogers v Swindon PCT

In another landmark Court of Appeal case, we successfully challenged the NHS's decision not to provide Mrs Rogers with Herceptin, a live-saving cancer drug.

Colin Ross v West Sussex Primary Care Trust

We made a successful challenge to the NHS's decision not to fund a potentially life-saving new for Mr Ross, a multiple myeloma sufferer.

If you would like to challenge a decision about either your, or one of your loved ones, medical treatment the please get in touch. You can call us on 0800 028 1943 or fill in our contact form and we will call you back.

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