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I am a solicitor in the Medical Product Liability and Medical Negligence team.
My team and I deal with national and international group actions in relation to defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals or sub-standard medical treatment.
I provide advice and pursue legal actions for the recovery of compensation for victims of defective medical products; I do not represent the manufacturers.
I have been involved in this sort of work since I qualified as a solicitor in 2008.
I tend to represent individuals, or groups of individuals, pursuing claims against multi-national pharmaceutical companies. Where harm has been done, I find it very satisfying to play my part in holding big business to account, and hopefully reducing the risk of the same harm happening again in the future.
Irwin Mitchell is one of the few firms in the UK with the expertise and resources to deal with the kind of case that I work on. From a professional point of view, I feel privileged to be working on the kind of technically challenging cases we are presented with.
I am lucky enough to live on the edge of the Peak District, so I like to get out there for a walk or a bike ride as often as I can. I play golf every now and then and try to read when I can.
This is the most recent in a series of safety warnings and recalls for St Jude defibrillation products. The Riata and Riata ST, made by St Jude, leads were withdrawn in 2012 because of a greater than expected rate of fracture, leading to failure and unnecessary shocks.
Then in 2014 we saw the Ellipse ICD recalled because of a capacitor issue which, in some cases, meant that it failed to charge and could not administer a potentially lifesaving shock. Again, this was another product from St Jude.
In 2015 St Jude issued a medical device alert relating to a manufacturing problem for Optisure Dual Coil Defibrillation leads.
To the patients who are fitted with these devices their functionality is a matter of life and death and it is a huge concern that issues like this are continuing to occur in products made by St Judes.
We hope that a thorough investigation into safety standards takes place to assess if any measures need to be taken to ensure patients are getting the best quality medical devices and are no longer exposed to the risk of serious injury.
Whirlpool should issue a recall, to protect customer safety. Since Whirlpool admitted a fault existed, millions of people have carried on using these machines in their homes and in our opinion, taking a chance on customer safety, just isn’t a risk worth taking.
“Regulation of e-cigarettes being sold in the UK is improving, but we still see first-hand the devastating effects an e-cigarette explosion can have.
“Common issues that we have seen first-hand include buying incompatible products online, using the wrong chargers and leaving them unattended which charging. The most common injuries are from e-cigarettes that have overheated in people’s pockets causing severe burns and often scarring the victim for life.”
“If you’re making the swap this Stoptober, it’s important to follow the recommended tips for a safe vape.”
“Because hoverboards cannot be used legally on public land, they are commonly used inside, meaning people’s homes are being put at risk.
“Although the Chiem family were lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries, they have been left without a home or any possessions and suffering the long-term impact of the fire.
“We are now looking to secure them a settlement to help them to rebuild their lives as they try to put this nightmare behind them.
“Longer term, regulators need to be thoroughly examining these gadgets, which are growing in popularity, to ensure that manufacturers hoping to cash in on the trend aren’t cutting corners and putting lives at risk.
“It’s encouraging to see a recall in the US until the safety of all devices involved can be established. Importers in the UK should be watching carefully to see how the outcome may affect them.”