Mediation in Clinical Negligence

Medical Negligence Mediation

If you or someone you care about has been the victim of clinical negligence, mediation may be the right solution for you.

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  • “They are able to handle all clinical negligence claims including the very biggest catastrophic brain injury claims.”

  • Stephanie Prior leads the team with real experience and commitment to her clients – with 10 years of experience as a registered general nurse, she is well placed to support clients through complex and sensitive claims.”

  • “Osbornes Law is an established firm which handles a breadth of complex and high-value clinical negligence matters.”

In terms of the law, mediation is a means of resolving disputes. In mediation sessions, discussions between the two opposing parties is facilitated by a third party, also known as a mediator.

The mediator is neutral, is representative of neither of the opposing parties and should not offer legal advice. A skilled mediator displays good communication skills, good speaking and listening skills and aims to keep the parties focused on the issues at hand.

Clinical negligence mediation

Over the past decade or so, mediation has been used in the UK for the resolution of clinical negligence cases. In clinical negligence claims, for mediation to proceed, both parties must consent. Participation is entirely voluntary and may be stopped at any time. What goes on during the mediation is private and confidential. The aim is for the opposing parties to reach a satisfactory agreement. If terms are agreed upon, they are made legally binding. However, if mutually agreeable terms cannot be found, the case may be taken forward for litigation, in which a decision will be made by the judge and imposed on both parties.

The benefits of medical malpractice mediation

For some people, mediation can be preferable to a court case, particularly in terms of speed and cost savings. For many, it is also less stressful. To date, mediation on clinical negligence has been used in a wide variety of cases, and most negligence cases are suitable for mediation to occur.

Statistics show that the rate of successful mediations are over 90% and a small NHS Pilot scheme supports these findings: of the 12 cases mediated during the pilot, 11 were resolved with monetary and non-monetary outcomes. The 12th case ended as a consequence of withdrawal, yet with a ‘valuable non-monetary outcome for the claimant’.2

Mediation is recognised by the courts as a viable means of, ‘alternative dispute resolution’. Its success is reflected in the reduction of court trials and in the rise in the total number of mediations taking place.3

Deciding on mediation in medical negligence cases

There are several reasons why people may be hesitant to use mediation: a mistrust of the process, lawyers perceiving the mediation process as inherently flawed and the fact that wronged parties really want to have their day in court.4 For these reasons, parties should not be forced to mediation. A report in the Law Society Gazette is clear that for now, mediation must remain a voluntary process. For if people are compelled to do something that they are not happy to do, they will not participate, resulting in an ‘expensive nuisance’.5 It is the case therefore, that mediation is not right for everyone.

Osbornes Law: Finding out if mediation is a suitable option for you

To find out more about mediation in clinical negligence cases and whether it is something that may work in your case, please contact one of the specialist clinical negligence team at Osbornes Law. We will be glad to hear from you and you will be glad that you got in touch.

Our Promise to You

· We will review your potential claim by advising you on the NHS complaints procedure or other alternative procedure if your case does not relate to NHS care and treatment.

· We will not charge a fee for our time in reviewing your case.

· We can assist you with any issues that you may have regarding the complaints procedure or that you encounter in obtaining copies of your medical records.

· We will advise you of the course of action in respect of your case.

For a further discussion regarding your situation and whether mediation may be the right solution for you, call Stephanie Prior on 020 7485 8811 or fill in our online enquiry form.

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    • Osbornes is a very respected firm in the marketplace.

      Chambers UK 2024

    • They handle really complex cases very well

      Chambers UK 2024

    • The clinical negligence team are knowledgeable and professional in their approach and demonstrate a high level of skill in litigation work.

      Chambers UK 2024

    • Osbornes Law offers experience in obstetric and fatal claims as well as niche cauda equina cases.

      Chambers UK 2024

    • Osbornes Law is an established firm which handles a breadth of complex and high-value clinical negligence matters.

      Chambers UK 2024

    • Osbornes has a skilled team of solicitors advising clients on a wide range of clinical negligence matters.

      Legal 500 2024

    • Hard working, approachable, good knowledge of clinical negligence and clients’ specific conditions

      Legal 500 2024

    • A joy to work with and always 100% client focused at all times.

      Legal 500 2024

    • The clinical negligence team at Osbornes is much lauded for its ability to ‘represent the diverse range of London-based clients

      Legal 500 2024

    • “The team is very quick and efficient in responding."

      CHAMBERS UK 2023

    • "Obsbornes Law is always client-focused and works tirelessly to obtain the best outcomes for clients."

      CHAMBERS UK 2023

    • ‘They are ambitious for their clients and expect high standards from all who work with them.’

      Legal 500 2023

    • "Osbornes somehow combine the accessibility of a local firm, with the professional standards of a national or city outfit."

      Legal 500 2023

    • "Osbornes, is described as having ‘superb judgement and a medical knowledge that is second to none."

      Legal 500 2023

    • Stephanie has developed a particularly strong reputation for her handling of birth injury claims, as well as cases concerning surgical negligence and delays in surgery.

      Chambers UK

    • "An excellent firm which achieves fantastic outcomes for clients."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior takes on complex cases and gets excellent results. She has a background in medicine which serves her clients well and is a realistic but tough litigator."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior is hugely dedicated, adored by her clients, tenacious, efficient and extremely knowledgeable."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior is very good with troubled clients and is easily able to make them feel at ease."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie shows sensitivity and deals with things in an understanding way."

      Chambers UK 2021

    • Osbornes provides a very intimate and personal client service which is increasingly rare in this sector.

      Legal 500 2020 - Clinical Negligence

    • The lawyers in the team are highly experienced and will drive cases very hard on behalf of their clients.

      Legal 500 2020 - Clinical Negligence

    • "Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes."

      Legal 500 2020 - Stephanie Prior

    • "Stephanie Prior... manages a varied caseload, including obstetric claims, child and adult brain injury cases and fatal and non-fatal spinal cord injury cases."

      Chambers UK

    • "Stephanie is experienced, knowledgeable of all aspects of clinical negligence work, and strategic in running cases."

      Chambers UK

    • "An exceptional outfit. They take on difficult cases, fight hard and win."

      Chambers UK

    • "The team were extremely professional in putting my needs first. There was a joined-up approach to catering for the client, and all lawyers involved were briefed and constructive."

      Chambers UK

    • Stephanie Prior is always very professional and kind. Highly recommended.

      Medical Negligence Client

    • Quite simply excellent, with a highly competent and well-rounded team. They understand complex medical litigation and have been our lifesavers, and we will always owe them our immense gratitude.

      Medical Negligence Client

    Medical Negligence Accreditations

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    • Times best law firm 2024
    • The Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation

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