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I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds.
My caseload is varied and includes claims against GPs, hospital trusts and private doctors. I act on behalf of clients pursuing claims arising from:
I also help families who have lost loved ones as a result of inappropriate treatment, as well as dealing with obstetric cases involving birth injuries, maternal injuries and stillbirth.
I chose a career in law because I wanted to help people and really make a difference.
Working in clinical negligence, I frequently deal with people who feel let down by clinicians they trusted and who have not been given adequate explanations about the treatment they have received. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being able to secure answers and explanations for my clients so that they can understand and come to terms with what happened to them or their loved ones.
I understand that bringing a claim can be a very daunting prospect and for the majority of my clients, it is more about getting answers rather than compensation. I find being part of this process both challenging and rewarding.
I enjoy working at Irwin Mitchell because it gives me the opportunity to work alongside specialists who are recognised leaders in the field. As a firm, we have a significant amount of resource which means that we can go the 'extra mile' for our clients and offer services such as our Client Liaison Managers, to ensure that clients are getting all that they are entitled to on a statutory basis. At Irwin Mitchell we focus on every client as an individual and do our best to help on a day to day basis, whatever the final outcome of the case.
Away from the office, I enjoy going to the gym, reading, eating out, cooking/baking and travelling. My goal is to visit at least one capital city a year.
"Our solicitor was Katie Warner and we can't praise her enough! She helped us through the whole case and always went the extra mile! It is down to her handling of the case that my husband and I now have the ability to cope with his disabilities. It made a big difference that we always felt supported and believed." - Johanna Cobb
"The service we received was really excellent. Both Margaret Ryan and Katie Warner were so professional and kind and caring. They never lost sight of what was best for my daughter.
"They were so supportive at every step along the six year legal journey, as my daughter's life had changed beyond belief due to clinical negligence. The emotions that come with this are so intense. Not only were they very competent with the legal side of the claim but they knew how to support the client and family through the process.
"They also appointed the best counsel to ensure a very good outcome for my daughter. I would recommend using IM and in particular Margaret and Katie in a heartbeat as they do everything in their power to ensure the best outcome for their client. My daughter has a brighter future because of how brilliant they were." - Helen Wilkinson, Client
"I would like to thank on behalf of my family, both Katie Warner and Ross McWilliams for their very professional and compassionate handling of my case, which ran for over 3 years. They kept me up to date at all times as things developed and were always sensitive towards the family regarding the very traumatic issues involved." - Chiff Chappell, Client
"I had looked around a few firms to take on my medical negligence case but when I met Katie Warner I knew she was the right person to handle my case. She was highly professional but also compassionate and sensitive and she made me feel I was in very good hands, which was important after the trauma I had experienced." - Chan, Client
"I approached Irwin Mitchell to deal with a medical negligence claim relating to my mother. We were represented initially by Katie Warner and then by Ross McWilliams and both were extremely helpful and explained things clearly at each stage.
"The death of my mother during the proceedings meant we had to pass the claim over to myself but again everyone was very helpful and made things very easy under very difficult circumstances. I would have no reservations about recommending Irwin Mitchell to anyone. Thanks for doing a great job." - Dr. Louise Fletcher, client
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Maureen’s entire family are understandably very distressed by their loss and have asked us to investigate whether Maureen’s death could have been avoided if appropriate and timely treatment had been provided.
“We would like to thank the Coroner for taking the time to investigate the circumstances surrounding Maureen’s death. We will continue to investigate the processes and procedures used at the hospital as Maureen’s family are keen to ensure that lessons are learnt so that no other families have to lose their loved ones in such tragic circumstances.”
The past year has been horrendous for the family and for them to hear that John’s death was completely avoidable has left them devastated once again.
“The incident raises a number of issues which the Trust needs to ensure it addresses in terms of observations of patients and training for its staff so that the same thing cannot happen in future.
“The Trust has carried out an internal investigation and made a number of recommendations in respect of treatment to be provided going forwarded; the family are keen to ensure that these recommendations are implemented.”
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