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CRPS Legal Panel

Burning Nights CRPS Support has established a small Legal Panel of carefully chosen law firms who specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and legal cases where injuries have caused the onset of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

We understand how complex and overwhelming facing a legal case can be. As of 2022, we are privilleged to have 4 firms on our Legal Panel, who provide sponsorship to the Charity in addition to legal guidance and expert advice. All members of the Burning Nights Legal Panel are required to have a proven track record of handling Complex Regional Pains Syndrome (CRPS) legal claims.

Contacting The Legal Panel

If anyone should be in the position where a legal claim has arisen relating to their CRPS, we want to ensure that they have access to excellent legal advice with a solicitor who not only has an awareness of this devastating chronic condition, but who has experience in dealing with CRPS legal claims.

We advise that you contact these experienced solicitors and law firms for an initial consultation before selecting a firm. Experience is very important, but it is also key to find someone you trust and who understands and believes you. A firm local to you might not necessarily be the best option for you and your case and CRPS legal claims are notoriously complex, difficult to handle and can take years to finally settle. All members of the Burning Nights Legal Panel work across England and Wales, so the location of the firm might not matter in regards to your legal claim.

Each member of the Legal Panel has signed up to our Code of Conduct. Any contact you have with any of the firms on the Legal Panel is completely private and confidential between you and the firm.

*Please note that we receive an annual donation from each member of the Legal Panel.*

How Does The Legal Process Work?

When you develop Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) from an accident or injury caused by someone else, the legal process can seem extremely daunting. If you find you are struggling to understand the legal system, have a read of the articles below, developed by law firms Cromptons Solicitors based on their experience with CRPS.

 


CRPS Legal Questions

If you are a CRPS patient or a family member and you have any questions about the Legal Panel, please contact Burning Nights CRPS Support or get in touch with a firm directly. Our Legal Panel also answer your frequently asked questions concerning legal claims in the Burning Nights newsletter, with the answers also published to our website.

Do you have a question for our Legal Panel? Submit your question here for the chance for it to be included in the Burning Nights Newsletter as part of the Legal Q&A.

FAQs

How long do I have to go to a solicitor to make a claim?

Normal rule

In most cases, you will have three years from the date of the accident, or the date from which you became (or deemed to be) aware that you have suffered an injury, to start Court proceedings.

Exceptions

There are certain exceptions to this rule and we will cover a couple of them.

For example, where the injured party is a child then the 3 year time limit does not start to run until their 18th birthday.

Another exception is where the injured person lacks the capacity to bring a claim. Usually this would be where the injured person has sustained a brain injury for example. This would normally be highlighted in a medical professional’s report, but ultimately the decision on whether the person has the relevant capacity would be made by the Court. In such a case where there is no capacity, then there is no time limit for starting the claim. This is true, unless or until the person regains capacity, and from that point onwards they would have 3 years to bring the claim. This area of law is very technical so we recommend you seek legal advice if this is applicable to you or your loved one.

What to do if you think the deadline to bring your claim has passed

Even where the time limit has seemingly passed, there are certain cases where a Solicitor can make an application to the Court for a Judge to determine that the normal 3 year rule should be disapplied. Express Solicitors have enjoyed considerable success in persuading the Courts in such cases, whereas most firms will turn down a case if the 3 year limit has already passed. Even if you believe you are outside the time limit for making your claim, you can contact Express Solicitors to discuss your options further on a totally free consultation basis.

Regardless of how long you think you have to make a claim, it’s really important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Can I Change Solicitors?

Yes, of course you can. Moving solicitors is easy and hassle free. If you feel your claim is being misunderstood and undervalued, then it is important you change to a specialist firm as soon as possible.

You are under no obligation to stay with your current solicitor and are entitled to switch your solicitors for whatever reason you wish, whether you feel you need a solicitor with more specialist knowledge or believe that you are not going to get the compensation that you deserve.

Especially in claims concerning chronic pain it is important to have a solicitor whose expertise and focus is chronic pain, fibromyalgia and CRPS.  A lack of understanding can be extremely frustrating, and it is key that your solicitor understands your case, has access to medical experts, and can reach a settlement that will cover your long-term care costs and lifestyle changes.

If you’re considering changing your chronic pain solicitor, you can talk to one of our law firms in our legal panel to discuss your specific claim. Claims are regularly transferred to other firms because of their specialist knowledge of chronic pain, so even if you’re just looking for some advice and guidance on what to do next, any of our legal panel here to help. The sooner you speak to them the better.

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