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I am a specialist medical negligence solicitor based in our Birmingham office.
All of the cases I handle concern the standard of medical treatment provided to my clients, where they have often sustained catastrophic debilitating injuries. I act exclusively for the patient and I am very appreciative of the personal impact any such injury can have upon individuals.
My caseload is varied but includes orthopaedic injuries, poor management of cardiac disease, delays in diagnosis of cancer, significant spinal and brain injuries, cases concerning inappropriate surgical procedures, medical overdoses and fatal accident cases.
I often assist my clients through the Coronial process following the loss of a loved one and I provide representation at Inquest.
I have always viewed myself as a ‘problem solver’ with the ability to bring a level of calm into highly emotive situations. Given that virtually all aspects of society are governed by the law, I felt that I could apply my skills widely within a legal career. I therefore geared my A Levels to those required to commence my legal studies, which I successfully completed at Keele University, and I went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University in Leicester before starting my role with Irwin Mitchell in 2009. I found the law surrounding personal injury and negligence to be highly complex but incredibly rewarding upon achieving justice for my clients. Needless to say, I have not looked back.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is the opportunity to meet new people, particularly my clients. Instructing a solicitor can be hugely daunting, especially when someone has suffered a significant injury. I enjoy meeting my clients for the first time, putting them at ease and assuring them that I will take over their fight for justice, so that they can concentrate upon their recovery.
Even more rewarding is when the claim is settled and I know that my client’s future is financially secure.
“It is concerning to be contacted by so many patients affected by problems after being treated by the same surgeon and we are conducting an investigation into the concerns raised into Dr Manu Nair’s practices.
“The treatments received by our clients vary; some of them received radical surgery for a pre-malignant condition, some received HIFU treatment which, at the time, was yet to be approved by NICE, and some of our clients did require radical surgery but the surgical technique adopted by Dr Manu Nair was improper, resulting potentially in the spread of their prostate cancer for some of the men. We have also been instructed by some women affected by kidney treatments they received.
“Sadly, the sanctions placed upon his practice by the GMC came too late in the day for the large number of patients already affected who appear to have suffered serious damage to their health as a result. Although Mr Nair temporarily resigned from his post, he is now working again at the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust under the conditions imposed by the GMC.
“We are in the process of gathering independent expert evidence commenting upon the care they received under the surgeon, both in the NHS and privately, to help provide our clients with the answers they so desperately seek as to what went wrong. It’s also important to find out how many other patients could have been affected to make sure anyone who has received poor quality treatments has the chance of it being reviewed, and to ensure that they receive any follow-up treatment they need.
“Patient safety must be the number one priority across all healthcare providers, whether in the NHS or in private hospitals. We have recently met with the NHS and their representatives and we are working together to agree a way forward for the progression of the claims. We are hopeful that the private hospitals where Mr Nair worked, such as Spire and BMI, will be equally engaging in the claims process.”
“After hearing from the group of men who have instructed us to conduct an investigation, we are extremely concerned by Dr Manu Nair’s practices.
“The treatments received by our clients vary; some of them received radical surgery for a pre-malignant condition, some received HIFU treatment which, at the time, was yet to be approved by NICE, and some of our clients did require radical surgery but the surgical technique adopted by Dr Manu Nair was improper, resulting potentially in the spread of their prostate cancer for some of the men.
“The sanctions which have been placed upon his practice have come too late in the day to have saved, what appears to be a large number of gentlemen, from the serious damage they have suffered to their health and their daily lives as a result.
“Worryingly, our clients had accepted the symptoms they had been left with as the ‘price to pay to be cured from cancer’, when, in most of the cases, it is alleged that these adverse symptoms could have been avoidable.
“We are thoroughly investigating the care they received under the surgeon, both in the NHS and privately, to help provide our clients with the answers they so desperately seek as to what went wrong. They want to know how Dr Nair was able to operate on them without having their cases discussed at multi-disciplinary meetings. It is also important to find out how many other patients could have been affected to make sure anyone who has received poor quality treatments has the chance of it being reviewed, to ensure that they receive any follow-up treatment they need.
“Dr Manu Nair is well known within the industry but our clients have been left with permanent damage which has changed their lives forever. Although they’re relieved to know Dr Manu Nair is currently restricted from carrying out the procedures they underwent, they will sadly bear the scars for the rest of their lives.
“Patient safety must be the number one priority across all healthcare providers, whether in the NHS or in private hospitals. It is essential that a thorough investigation is carried out, not only into the treatment our clients received under the care of Dr Manu Nair but also into what steps were taken to ensure that any problems were kept to a minimum.”
“Sally has spent months and years in excruciating pain and was unable to go to work, walk properly or lead a normal life.
“She was originally admitted to Worcester Royal Hospital in August 2012, was assessed and told she did not need surgery and that the fractures in her leg would heal in time. Whilst she was wearing a cast on her leg her bones did not achieve alignment allowing them to heal properly, which the Trust admits they failed to recognise, and she has since had to have multiple procedures and admissions to hospital to correct the mistakes.
“Sally still faces the prospect of further surgery in the future and has been forced to have a huge amount of time off work. She has also been unable to play football, something which she has always been very passionate about.
“Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust has now admitted that mistakes were made in Sally’s care and we hope lessons will be learned so that future patients will be given the very best quality of care. The medical negligence has had a massive impact on Sally’s life and it is important that patient safety is improved to reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.”
“This past year has been absolutely heartbreaking for the family and losing Harry so suddenly has left them with so many concerns and questions regarding their young son’s care.
“We, on behalf of the family, would like to thank the Coroner for taking the time to conduct a thorough investigation into Harry’s death and we hope that the Trust for the hospital, The Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, will learn lessons from the issues identified in Harry’s case and provide assurances not only to Richard and Marika, but also other families, that training and guidance has been put in place for staff at the Hospital when caring for children who have special needs.
“We will continue to work with the family and the representative of the NHS Trust to ensure that the recommendations from the High Level Investigation Report and the Coroner are put in place, to prevent future deaths.”
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