Wolferstans is one of the top law firms in the country specialising in medical negligence claims of all types across England and Wales.
Our Medical Negligence Department is home to a large number of specialist lawyers with decades of experience supporting a wide range of clients with all types of medical negligence claims. We recover millions of pounds in compensation for our clients every year, dealing with everything from claims worth thousands to millions of pounds.
Thanks to the exceptional expertise of our medical negligence lawyers and our strong focus on non-confrontational dispute resolution, we are frequently able to resolve claims quickly and cost-effectively while allowing you to avoid court action in most cases. This makes it faster, less expensive and much less stressful for you to get the compensation you deserve.
We offer a free initial no obligation consultation during which we will be able to tell you if you have a claim that justifies further investigation.
Our medical negligence team
Based in Plymouth, Wolferstans is one of the leading law firms in the South West, with a history going back to 1812. We have strong links throughout the local area, as well as regularly working with clients across England and Wales thanks to our strong reputation and exceptional legal expertise.
Our Medical Negligence department is headed by Elizabeth Smith, a Partner at the firm who has specialised exclusively in clinical negligence claims since 2003. Elizabeth is a member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel and a Senior Litigator of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). She is also an APIL accredited clinical negligence specialist.
With particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims, brain injury claims and spinal injury claims, Elizabeth offers the experience and skilled advocacy to achieve success under even the most challenging circumstances. She leads a team of highly skilled lawyers with broad experience across all types of medical negligence claims.
Our Medical Negligence Department also benefits from the experience and expertise of Simon Parford, a Wolferstans partner and the former Head of Clinical Negligence at the firm. Simon has worked in the field of clinical negligence since 1986 and has been consistently recognised over the years as a leading clinical negligence lawyer by both the Legal500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.
Simon is a member of the Clinical Negligence Specialist Panels of both The Law Society and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). He is also a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and one of only a handful of solicitors in the country to be accredited by APIL as both a clinical negligence specialist and a brain injury specialist.
Simon was recently shortlisted for the Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards 2017.
Simon specialises in acting for children and adults who have suffered serious brain injuries, including clients who have cerebral palsy and other complex birth injuries.
Barry Bayley is another Wolferstans partner working in the Medical Negligence Department with over 25 years’ experience as a clinical negligence lawyer. Specialising in complex, high value brain injury claims and spinal injury claims, Barry is particularly well regarded for his work with children and young adults with cerebral palsy.
Barry is a member of the specialist Clinical Negligence Panels of both The Law Society and AvMA (the charity – Action against Medical Accidents). He is also a Senior Litigator with APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and is approved by both the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway.
You can find out more about the other members of our Medical Negligence Department by taking a look at our staff profiles.
Our approach to medical negligence claims
At Wolferstans, we believe in creating successful relationships with our clients by focusing on clear communication, trust and putting your needs first.
When you choose us for your clinical negligence claim, we offer the following commitments:
- To focus on your needs, working to see things from your perspective
- To provide a highly effective combination of outstanding legal knowledge, decades of practical experience and clear advice given in plain English
- To work efficiently and decisively, keeping our time and costs to a minimum, so you get the very best value for money
- To stay in touch regularly, keeping you informed of progress and always being available to answer your questions
- To make sure you always understand all of the options available to you and have the support and information you need to make the right choices for you
Our goal is to give you the confidence that your claim is in safe hands and that your best interests are protected at all times.
Our experience with clinical negligence claims
We have decades of experience across our Medical Negligence Department working on a wide range of claims with particular expertise in birth injury claims, cerebral palsy claims, brain injury claims and spinal injury claims. Our clinical negligence lawyers also have strong experience in many other types of medical negligence claims.
Our expertise in medical negligence claims
Our specialist medical negligence lawyers have decades of experience supporting clients with all types of medical negligence claims. This means we are well-prepared for all of the challenges the claims process can throw up, helping to make it as smooth and straightforward as possible for you to pursue medical negligence compensation while giving you the best chance of a fair outcome.
We have an exceptional track record of successful claims, usually achieved without the need for you to attend court. This means we can typically help to resolve a claim faster and at lower cost, including with claims where other solicitors have previously failed to secure a settlement.
Across our firm, we also have a number of other strong departments who can help with other issues related to medical negligence compensation claims, including our Trusts team who can help to create a trust to manage any compensation you receive in the most efficient way.
Wolferstans has achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation in recognition of the high standards of our practice management and client care. We are also accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence, reflecting our exceptional expertise in this area.
Our team includes members of a wide range of organisations related to their specific expertise in the area of medical negligence, including:
- Headway – the brain injury association
- The Spinal Injuries Association
- The Brain Injury Group
- APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
- AvMA (Association Against Medical Accidents)
Specific members of our team have been accredited by the Law Society, AvMA and APIL as Clinical Negligence Specialists as well as by APIL, as Brain Injury Specialists.