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More help for children injured at birth as law firm secures legal aid contract

The firm has been providing medical negligence services for almost 25 years, and has won national recognition for its work. It is one of only a few law firms in the area able to offer legal aid in birth injury cases.
John McQuater, partner and head of the firm’s Litigation Department, said: “This is a particularly important development. Birth injuries are some of the most tragic cases we see; ones that not only impact on the child’s quality of life, but they also have a profound effect on the entire family and the emotional turmoil they cause should not be underestimated.
Parents, or in some cases the child themselves, are desperate to get answers and reassurance that lessons have been learned. It is only fair then that those dealing with such an emotional situation should not then be subject to further anxiety over how their claim will be funded.”
Birth injury cases are complex and should be handled by specialist lawyers who have legal and medical knowledge, and substantial experience in accurately assessing the correct levels of compensation, which can run into millions of pounds.
In order for a law firm to be allowed to work on birth injury cases under legal aid, at least one of the firm’s lawyers must be an accredited member of the Law Society’s clinical negligence panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers panel  and the patient charity, AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents); only lawyers displaying a proven expertise in the field are accepted on these panels.
In addition, Atherton Godfrey is recommended in the Chambers UK 2015 guide and three of our clinical negligence solicitors are rated as leaders in their field.
To be eligible to pursue a claim with legal aid support, there are certain conditions that have to be met.
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