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I am an associate in the Medical Negligence team in Birmingham and I have worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2009.
All of the cases I handle consider the care and treatment that doctors and other medical practitioners have provided to their patients. I act exclusively for the patient, fully investigating the care they have received and providing answers to the questions they have on how their injury came about.
I run my own varied caseload which includes cases resulting in fatalities, delays in diagnosis of cancer, orthopaedic injuries and serious brain/spinal injury.
I have a particular interest in military cases, progressing claims for ex and serving military personnel who are concerned by the medical treatment they have received. As I have personal knowledge of the military I use this to ensure I support my client not only through the legal case but also through the many changes and effects an injury can have.
I have recovered significant sums for my clients including multi-million pound awards.
I always knew I wanted to enter a profession that could make a difference to peoples' lives. At a young age, I was lucky enough to be offered work experience at a local solicitors firm. It struck me how effective a solicitor could be in resolving others' issues. From then on, it was the only career I ever wanted.
My clients have all suffered life-changing injuries, often abruptly. I enjoy helping my clients understand their injury, being with them on their road to recovery and ultimately, securing funds to put them back in the position they would have been had they not been injured. This is often incredibly difficult but once achieved, it is very rewarding to see and have been a part of.
Health problems can affect every person, from all walks of life. My role as a clinical negligence solicitor allows me to meet people from a whole variety of backgrounds which I find incredibly interesting.
I am a certified open water scuba diver, with qualifications in deep sea diving, navigation and night dives. I have dived all over the world including the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and the Mamanuca Islands (Fiji).
I am also an enthusiastic member of my local running club.
“Patients are generally uninformed about the insurance of doctors and private surgery and “what if something goes wrong?” is not usually on their mind when they need care.
“The fact is that if something goes wrong in a private setting then often the patient is less protected than if it happened on the NHS. There can be issues with levels of indemnity insurance not being adequate to cover the injuries suffered. Problems with insurance cover can also leave an injured patient exposed if they need follow up care and rehabilitation.
“Private hospitals need to take more responsibility for the surgeons they are allowing to practice within their hospitals. Contracts for private care can be complicated and patients often won’t understand the terms and conditions.
“We welcome the review and hope that the sector can become more transparent which will both improve standards and provide clearer route of redress for patients in the event of any negligent care.”
“There are clear guidelines in place on the importance of assessing a patient’s pre and ongoing-surgery condition so there is no excuse for all of these points being noted as poor in the independent review that was carried out following Robert’s death.
“The evidence we obtained from medical experts was clear – a complaint of chest pain should have led to the surgery being stopped.
“Instead, a catalogue of failings meant Mr Collett died a completely preventable death which has obviously been incredibly hard for his family to come to terms with.
“Whilst we welcome the admission of liability from the Trust we remain concerned at the lack of reassurance that lessons have been learnt and improvements made to protect patient safety in future. The Collett’s and future patients deserve confirmation that every possible step has been taken to prevent the same mistakes from happening again.”
“Mrs Dwyer’s family have understandably been left devastated by the sudden loss of their mum.
“The family are hopeful that the questions raised at the Inquest will enable them to understand what happened and allow them to begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.”
“We are delighted to be involved in this event by hosting the Northern regional heats and to be able to support the next generation of lawyers in the UK.
“Our clients are at the centre of our business and client interviewing skills are essential to allow us to investigate our cases accurately and to achieve fantastic results for our clients.”
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