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Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence
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Many thousands of people receive medical treatment every single day. In the vast majority of cases this treatment is appropriate and effective. Unfortunately things sometimes go wrong and the patient ends up worse off.

At Hay & Kilner, we have an experienced team of clinical negligence solicitors, dedicated to helping victims of all types of medical claims. We pride ourselves in handling claims efficiently and sympathetically. We are recommended in independently researched legal guide, Chambers UK as ‘one of the major players in the region, impressing market observers with high standards, a huge volume of work and a pragmatic approach.’


We offer our clients:

  • An initial free discussion and advice
  • Expertise in advising on severe injuries
  • Home / hospital visits
  • Legal Aid (where appropriate)
  • No win no fee agreements (where appropriate)
  • Representation at inquests and disciplinary tribunals

We are also members of the following panels:

  • Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA)
  • Headway
  • The Law Society Multi Party Action Accreditation Scheme
  • The Spinal Injuries Association

David Bradshaw, Clare Thompson & Helen Morland are all members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme. This professional grant is a reflection of many years of experience in handling the most complex and substantial cases.


If you, or someone close to you, have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligent medical treatment, it may be possible to make a claim. We understand that no amount of money can fully compensate for an injury or loss as a result of a medical or surgical error. If financial losses have been suffered an award of compensation can help to relieve financial burden suffered as a result of an error.

  • "Acting exclusively for claimants, Hay & Kilner has a ‘long-established’ reputation in the field and ‘works to extremely high professional standards’. It settled a range of cerebral palsy and spinal injury cases during the year. Department head David Bradshaw is ‘always willing to go the extra mile for his clients’ and Clare Thompson is ‘enthusiastic and knowledgeable’. Associate Helen Morland is also recommended."

    - Legal 500

  • "Hay & Kilner has an ‘excellent grasp of clinical negligence law and an excellent manner with clients’, and recently settled several high-value claims including a sub-standard knee surgery case and a meningitis case. It also secured a £70,000 award in a dental claim. Clients rate Clare Thompson, Helen Morland and the ‘hugely experienced’ David Bradshaw. The firm has a multi-party action franchise."

    - Legal 500

  • "Hay & Kilner's ‘efficient, knowledgeable and conscientious' clinical negligence practice settled a substantial number of cerebral palsy claims with a combined value of £20m over the course of 2009, and was retained on the Spinal Injury Panel. ‘Experienced' partner David Bradshaw and the ‘methodical, bright' Clare Thompson are both recommended."

    - Legal 500

  • "This firm is winning ample praise for its expertise and unsurpassed client service. Recent work has seen the firm settling a number of complex cerebral palsy and meningitis claims. Sources Say: 'It's unquestionably one of the major players in the region.'"

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Viewed by many as the biggest claimant firm in Newcastle, Hay & Kilner impresses market observers with "its high standards, huge volume of work and pragmatic approach." Firms from all over the country refer work to this excellent group, which has the resources to handle multiparty actions and takes on cases under CFAs. Significant work for the team during the past year has included assisting with claims concerning high-value birth trauma, spinal injuries, delayed diagnosis and replacement surgery."

    - Chambers Guide

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