Clinical negligence victim backs campaign against justice reforms

05 Dec 2011

Aaron's case has been brought to public attention by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers ("APIL"). APIL are fighting proposals contained in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which has now been debated in both the House of Commons and The House of Lords.

Aaron's mother said "Without legal aid, we would not have been able to bring Aaron's claim.  Although I have worked all my life, I would not have otherwise been able to afford it". 

She also commented: "Cutting legal aid and restricting ‘no win, no fee' is ludicrous. It is absolute madness.  There are too many people out there with things that have gone wrong who, like Aaron, should be given the chance to pursue justice.  I wanted to find out if what happened to Aaron could have been avoided.  It is important that mistakes are always learned from,  It is about making sure that if someone has done something wrong, that they are properly held to account".

Tom Hartigan, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Trethowans said "This case is a prime example of a family who would be deprived of justice if the current reforms are implemented.  It is fundamental that victims of negligence are able to claim compensation for their often life-changing injuries and to provide them with some quality of life in the future.  To further restrict legal aid and 'no win, no fee' denies them that right".