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I am one of the Partners in our very successful Medical Negligence team in the Birmingham office. I have extensive experience of a wide variety of claims and have specialised in this area of work since 1996.
I head one of the leading Medical Negligence teams in the country and am fortunate to work with a group of people who are committed to bringing claims on behalf of injured people and getting the very best result for them.
This is an area of work that is challenging not only because of the medical complexities of a case, but the emotional impact this will have had on the injured person and their family.
At Irwin Mitchell we have the range and depth of experience not only to deal with these types of cases but also the resources to help clients with the more wide-ranging impact of their claim.
"Extremely knowledgeable, client-oriented and efficient." - Chambers & Partners 2017
“Level-headed, and good with clients.” - Chambers & Partners 2016
"Experienced in obstetric and wrongful birth cases." - Legal 500 2013
"Sara Burns does fantastic work, attracts a lot of loyalty, and is really on top of things." - Legal 500 2011
I met some inspiring characters when I was away travelling before I went to university and this gave me the goal to work towards getting into the law. I wanted to do something that was both challenging and rewarding, and I work in an area of the law that incorporates both.
Simply enabling people to find out what really happened to them or their family, to take them through what is often a complex and lengthy legal process and to allow them to get on with their lives.
We are prepared to take on the difficult, challenging cases and have the facilities and support systems in place to get great results for clients.
I provide a regular taxi service for my three children, am an excellent juggler, can produce a meal out of very little in the fridge and when I get the chance love to see a play, a film, read a book or just enjoy a gin and tonic.
"All mothers should have access to the highest standards of care when it comes to giving birth. The death or injury of any mother or baby during or following childbirth is upsetting, but this week’s revelations will be very distressing for those whom rely on the Trust, especially expectant parents.
“Our work means we have heard devastating first-hand accounts from families affected by such losses, which can often be as a result of care failings or errors in treatment which could have been avoided.
"In Charlotte’s case had Group B Strep been identified sooner in Adam, he may not have suffered to the extent he has.
“We would urge the Trust to deliver its findings on these maternity cases at the earliest opportunity, so that any lessons can be implemented to improve patient safety and that future mothers can be reassured that failings identified will not be repeated."
“It is an incredible concern to see the release of these figures and the scale of the issues which have been reported by the NHS trust.
“This data raises a range of questions related to the care that both mothers and children received in maternity and whether more could have been done to prevent the issues which arose. While we do not know the specifics on these cases, it is clear that every effort has to be made to improve standards and ensure that the number of incidents is dramatically reduced.
“Expectant parents place great faith in the NHS and healthcare providers that they will provide the best possible care and ensure that their children enter the world safely and without harm. These figures do little to reduce the concerns raised about this NHS trust in recent times and it is vital improvements are not only made but shared widely.
“Patients deserve reassurances that standards are on the rise.”
“Today those patients affected by Mr Paterson have some justice for what happened but nothing can turn back the clock on their own individual treatment and for many what happened to them was life changing. The numbers of people affected are staggering and it is crucial that the whole healthcare industry learns from this as soon as possible to improve policies and checks and prevent any possible repeats.”
“Debbie is a young woman who was looking forward to the birth of her first child but sadly, because of the injuries she suffered, she was unable to enjoy those first precious weeks with her son as she would have wished. She has also been left with lifelong complications for the injuries she suffered during Kaiden’s birth.
“With better care at the time of the birth these problems could have been avoided and Debbie would not be facing the problems she has for the last six years and is likely to face for the rest of her life.
“The NHS Trust has now admitted liability for the injuries Debbie suffered and we are now working to reach a settlement that will help fund the care and assistance Debbie will need in the future and for the pain and suffering she has endured.
“Patient safety needs to be the number one priority and we hope that the Trust has reviewed what happened in this case to learn important lessons for the future.”
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