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I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds.
In the past I have dealt with claims involving a wide range of conditions and injuries including delay in diagnosis of cancer, septic arthritis, hospital acquired infections, substandard abdominal and orthopaedic surgery, amputations and claims involving pressure sores.
I have particular experience acting in fatal cases arising from medical negligence and assisting families with the inquest process. I have experience assisting on high value claims involving spinal and brain injuries.
I chose to pursue a career in law, and particularly in personal legal services, because it offered the opportunity to deal with and help ordinary people who have suffered genuine loss as a result of negligence.
I have always had an interest in medicine with some early aspirations to become a doctor so naturally I was drawn to specialising in medical negligence.
There is a huge amount of job satisfaction in guiding someone who has suffered a terrible injury as a result of medical negligence through the litigation process from an initial meeting, through the investigation process to settlement and supporting them in their rehabilitation journey along the way.
For a lot of clients obtaining financial compensation is not always the main objective in bringing a claim and they can often simply want an apology or to get answers to questions relating to the care which has been provided to them. Being in a position to help my clients to get answers to those difficult questions is very rewarding.
I enjoy working at Irwin Mitchell because I am part of a national team of true experts in medical negligence who come very highly rated. Everyone is passionate about patient rights and has an obvious desire to make a difference for their clients. It is a great environment in which we can share our experiences and find the most effective way of achieving the best outcomes.
Away from the office, I enjoy being a dad. I also enjoy playing and watching football, when I get a chance, and I like to play golf.
“Amanda has had an extremely difficult time over the last five years. She went into the hospital at a very distressing time for her, shortly after a miscarriage, and the last thing she expected following the procedure was to be enduring years of agonising pain in her jaw.
“She is determined that the Trust and staff at the hospital learn from what happened to her. She was left in agonising pain that completely turned her life upside-down and she needed extensive facial surgery to correct the problems she suffered as a result of her dislocated jaw.
“Amanda is aware that there she is likely to need further surgery in the future, which is obviously causing her a great deal of anxiety.
“We are glad that the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust has finally admitted liability for the injuries Amanda suffered and agreed a settlement with her. However, the Trust denied responsibility for what happened to her for four years, which caused a great deal of distress and prolonged the litigation unnecessarily for someone who has been desperate to put this terrible ordeal behind her and begin to get her life back on track.”
“We were really pleased to see so many people attend the event at the weekend – it was a great day and everyone who came had access to free health checks and advice from all the organisations.
“We were also delighted to have so many fantastic health organisations and charities there, delivering this service to the community in Leeds for the first time. The Stoke Association were able to identify a few people who had high blood pressure results, all were advised to seek advice from their local GPs aside from one lady was advised to go to A&E as her blood pressure was particularly high.
“It can sometimes be difficult to come to terms with health problems and approach medical professionals for advice on general health and lifestyle. However, events like this provide people in the community with the opportunity to come along and learn more about different conditions and other related issues without having to go to the trouble of making appointments etc. We hope to run the event again and next time would like to include blood cholesterol and diabetes advice.”
“James’ family are utterly heartbroken and are left wondering why he was not given the appropriate treatment much sooner to avoid his tragic death.
“James had been encouraged to drink copious amounts of water and yet no fluid balance charts had been started. James’ failure to pass urine and the Yorkshire Clinic’s failure to catheterise him for over 14 hours meant that his body became overloaded by fluid resulting in water intoxication.
“Although the inquest has given them some answers, we will continue to work with the family to help them as they seek to find out more about the circumstances leading up to James’ death. They want to know that lessons have been learnt to prevent similar incidents in future.”
“Angela and her family have been left completely devastated by James’ unexpected death and they are seeking clarity from The Yorkshire Clinic about exactly what happened on the 25th and 26th September 2014.
“They hope that the inquest will provide an opportunity for them to learn more about the events leading up to James’ death so they can begin the long process of rebuilding their lives, and ensure that measures are put in place at the Yorkshire Clinic to avoid a repeat of this tragic event.”