Hayley Smith

Solicitor

Biography

I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team. I deal with a wide variety of cases, but have a particular interest in birthing injuries, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical negligence and fatalities/inquests.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I've always known that I wanted to work in law. It was only when I joined the Medical Law and Patients' Rights team as a trainee that I knew for sure that I only wanted to be a clinical negligence lawyer. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The positive effect that a successful claim can have on clients' lives.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Each and every member of the team is committed to providing the very best support and guidance to our clients, and their expertise is second to none.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 20/10/2016
    NHS Apologises After Woman Died Two Days After Paramedic Told Her To Take Paracetamol For Chest Pains

    “Peter was understandably distraught at his wife’s unexpected death and wanted answers about what happened to her. “One minute he was being told to get paracetamol and just two days later his wife had died during her sleep. “After our investigation the NHS Trust has admitted its mistakes and apologised for the substandard care provided. Although paramedics do a difficult job and have to make split second decisions, the symptoms and medical history in this case clearly show that more should have been done to diagnose Carol’s chest pain. “Patient safety should be the number one priority of the NHS and Peter hopes that lessons will now be learned from this tragic incident to reduce the risk of other families suffering in similar circumstances.”

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  • 25/04/2016
    Leicester Man Died After Paramedics Failed To Take Him Hospital

    “This is a tragic case that has left Samia struggling to come to terms with the loss of her husband and left their five children without their dad. “The paramedics should have taken him straight to hospital after they assessed him so he could have been treated properly. "The trial Judge concluded that Ahmed’s death would have been avoided had he been taken to hospital, as he would have been in hospital when he suffered his heart attack and received the treatment he needed. “We hope that lessons can be learned by staff at the Trust when they are treating patients with heart problems to ensure that they take action to improve patient safety in future. “It has been frustrating for the family that the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust denied liability throughout the legal proceedings and we are relieved for his family that the judge has identified the failings in his care providing them with long sought answers following Ahmed’s death.”

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  • 08/09/2015
    Devastated Parents Blast Care After Baby Dies in Hospital

    “Despite being born prematurely, he was making good progress and his parents had become more positive about his condition and were making plans for their future together as a family. “It was not until we obtained independent expert evidence that his parents found out what had actually happened to him, in that during his operation he had been placed on a ventilator that was not suitable to be used with a baby that was so tiny. “Losing their child after believing he would soon be coming home, left them totally heartbroken and we have been working with them and the NHS Trust to agree a settlement which will allow them to access the help and support they need to overcome their grief. Nothing can bring him back but the family hope that lessons will be learnt by the Trust to prevent other similar situations in the future.”

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  • 13/02/2015
    ‘Opportunities Missed’ To Save Doncaster Man’s Life Two Days Before His Death

    The family were distraught when Vincent died. He had been in and out of hospital in the days leading up to his death and because he had been discharged they believed that medical staff were in control of his condition. “The inquest has raised many issues which the family has found extremely concerning and was not made aware of previously. We will now seek to work with the NHS Trust to provide further answers so that the family can begin to come to terms with how Vincent died. “Patient safety must be the number one priority for the NHS and we will now be seeking assurances that lessons have been learnt from the evidence heard today to improve care for others in the future.”

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