Patients often have legal problems that arise from or are related to medical matters. Below we mention some typical areas where legal advice is often helpful sooner rather than later. Nowadays solicitors tend to specialize, and it is a good idea to find one who has the expertise you need. The Law Society is the governing body for solicitors, and for some types of work has panels of solicitors whom it recognises as particularly expert in their field. It is worth asking any firm you approach whether they have a panel member.
ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
You may have a right to compensation and financial help, whether these were incurred on the road, at work or elsewhere. Injuries can include diseases like dermatitis or some lung conditions. Everyone is entitled to free initial advice under the “Accident Line” scheme and many solicitors will now take these cases under a “no win, no fee” arrangement.
WILLS, PROBATE AND RETIREMENT PROBLEMS
If you are considering retiring or have an elderly relative, then a solicitor can often help with some of the worries and advise about State Benefits too. Ask for one who is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).
DIVORCE AND FAMILY PROBLEMS
A solicitor who is a member of the Solicitors Family Law Association will give expert but sympathetic advice. They should also be able to tell you about a new alternative to Court battles – mediation. Legal Aid may be available for some cases, through solicitors who have a Legal Aid franchise: the quality of their service has been checked and approved by the Government’s Legal Services Commission.