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I am a Partner in the Medical Negligence team, based in Sheffield, where I lead a team of lawyers.
I have specialised in medical negligence for over 12 years and I handle a variety of claims. I have particular interest and expertise in birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy, neonatal deaths and stillbirth, amputation and spinal injury claims, cancer claims, fatal claims including inquests, surgical claims and cosmetic surgery claims.
I have expertise in the assessment of maximum severity claims and am also experienced in the preparation of complex schedules of loss and damage, which value the level of compensation for patients who have been injured as a result of negligent medical treatment.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor I was a Senior Operating Department Practitioner in the NHS where I gained extensive medical and surgical experience. This has proved to be invaluable in my day to day work as a medical negligence solicitor.
I regularly lecture to other lawyers and healthcare professionals in respect of medical negligence and patient safety, including for AvMA, SIA and the Expert Witness Institute.
Whilst working in the NHS in my previous career, I became interested in medical ethics and medical law and in particular patient safety. I was passionate about being an advocate for patients and their families and following my qualification as a solicitor specialising in medical negligence this was reinforced and remains true to this day.
Every day I am struck by the strength and the dignity that patients and their families who have been injured or affected by medical negligence cope with their injury or losses. I feel very humbled to work with these individuals, to find them answers and where appropriate seek compensation for their injuries to provide funds to assist with their day to day lives and if possible rehabilitation. I am also aware that bringing medical negligence claims and highlighting patient safety issues can raise standards of medical treatment and hopefully prevent similar incidents happening to other patients.
Irwin Mitchell is a firm that puts clients' interests at the forefront of its business and no more so than in medical negligence and personal injury cases. The firm has a wealth of talented and experienced lawyers who work tirelessly for their clients to achieve the best possible outcome.
Away from the office and the Peak District being on my doorstep I enjoy the "Great Outdoors", mountain biking, rock climbing, walking. I also enjoy travelling and spending time with friends and family.
”The level of stillbirth in the UK is still unacceptably high and it has remained so for a number of years.
We have worked with a number of families who have sadly suffered a stillbirth, which could have been avoided with appropriate care.
We have seen first-hand how the loss of a much wanted child can cause a devastating impact to a family, which can last a lifetime.
This is yet another report which highlights that improvements are needed. The Government and NHS must act on the recommendations included in this report to improve the quality of care given to pregnant women and their babies and reduce the number of avoidable stillbirths.”
“Prescribing the correct dose of drug for a patient can mean the difference between a good outcome or a bad one. The idea that doctors are guessing the weight of a patient and prescribing medication based on unnecessary estimates is concerning.
“Suffering from a stroke is traumatic for a patient and their loved ones. This research highlights that patients could have a better outcome if they are weighed more accurately and getting the correct dosage of medication as a result.
“It is imperative the NHS takes heed of the findings of this report and implements the recommendations to ensure that patient safety is the number one priority.”
“It is imperative that Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust take the findings of the CQC seriously and take swift action to make the necessary improvements which could potentially save lives.
“We see the impact these kind of failings can have on patients and their families and it is vital that patient safety is the number one priority.
“It is particularly concerning that instead of improving standards in Nottinghamshire’s hospitals the rating has in fact declined. Patients will now need reassurances that these problems are being rectified and that the Trust will provide the standard of care expected.”
“Our work means we have seen just how important it can be for those with encephalitis and other brain injuries to have the right support so that they can get the best from life.
“We are delighted to give our support to the Eden Dora Trust and hope day proves to be a great success and raises vital funds for a fantastic cause.”