Caroline Stokes



I am an associate solicitor specialising in clinical negligence claims, representing patients who have suffered damage as a result of substandard medical treatment.

Since qualifying as a medical negligence solicitor in 2003, I have developed a specialist interest in cerebral palsy claims, and one of my notable successes has been helping to secure a £9 million settlement for a boy whose jaundice was poorly treated shortly after his birth. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is to improve the quality of my clients’ lives, and in this case the compensation package ensured a 24-hour professional care regime for the rest of my client’s life, accommodation adapted to his particular needs, and specialist aids and equipment.

My caseload also includes several claims for the delay in diagnosis of DVT which, if left untreated, can lead to a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. These cases have attracted considerable press interest, and I hope that this will help to raise awareness of DVTs, and the importance of having proper procedures in place to diagnose them quickly and efficiently.

I gain satisfaction from helping families who have often been through traumatic experiences, and I do my best to guide them sensitively through what can be a complex legal process, ensuring that they understand what is happening every step of the way.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I somehow found myself spending a year working on the Harold Shipman Public Inquiry, and I became fascinated by the prospect of medicine and the law, and how they interact with one another.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I appreciate that compensation is not always my clients’ primary purpose in pursuing medical negligence claims, and I know that many patients are just anxious for explanations and apologies. It is therefore very satisfying to be able to give my clients the answers they have been searching for, and to witness first-hand the impact that admissions of negligence have on patients and their families.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Each day brings its own challenges and surprises, and there is a real team spirit within the firm.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am a long-standing member of the City of Birmingham Choir, and love singing in inspiring venues such as Worcester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.  I also enjoy listening to audio books and playing the piano.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 13/12/2013
    Hospital Admits Giving Baby Wrong Medication In Events Leading Up To Tragic Death

    The family were obviously shocked to learn of the mix up in drugs as despite attending a meeting to discuss the reasons for Joseph’s death, this error was never raised. “Understandably, Joseph’s parents are incredibly angry that the hospital failed to provide the correct treatment to their son as he battled for his life. But it has been worsened by the fact the Trust failed to tell them about what happened and has still given no answers as to why it happened. “The nature of Joseph’s heart condition was incredibly serious and complex and we will never know whether he would have pulled through were it not for this mistake. Nevertheless, it is hugely important that the Trust ensures every possible step is taken to prevent the same error from happening again and we would like to see proof that this has happened.”

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