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I am an associate in the Medical Negligence and Child Abuse team in Birmingham. I have worked for Irwin Mitchell since 2010 when I started as a trainee.
I grew up in the West Midlands and studied law at Cardiff University before completing my Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Birmingham.
I act for clients in medical negligence cases against NHS Trusts, private practitioners and general practitioners (GPs). I run my own varied case load which includes fatalities, failures to diagnose serious conditions, negligent orthopaedic treatment/surgery, and negligent urological treatment/surgery.
I specialise in cases where suicide and injuries arising from attempted suicide could have been avoided with the appropriate care from mental health professionals. I am also able to help families through the Inquest process at the Coroner’s Court.
In addition to medical negligence cases, I also deal with cases where individuals have suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse by members of religious organisations and where social services have failed to remove children earlier from their natural homes.
The most rewarding aspect of my role comes at the beginning of a case when a client first learns that I may be able to assist them with a case going forward. Often our clients’ concerns have not been listened to by the professionals involved in their care and then again through the later complaint processes. This means that I am often the first person who has properly listened to their concerns.
Irwin Mitchell really cares about finding the answers for their clients and fortunately we have some of the most talented clinical negligence and child abuse lawyers in the country to ensure that this happens.
I am a keen singer and thespian, and have played many lead roles in a number of theatres across the West Midlands. I also enjoy playing the guitar, song-writing, and am an avid supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
“It’s worrying to see these findings and to have to consider the very real prospect that hundreds of mental health deaths have not been properly investigated.
“Through the job we do supporting families and survivors of mental health problems and charities that work to prevent tragedies, it is clear how important it is to understand what happened and to learn from it.
“There have been high-profile cases in recent years in which people in care and their families have been failed by the mental health service, often leading to severe injuries and in many cases, tragic fatalities.
“Whilst we welcome the on-going review into this by the Care Quality Commission, today’s reports raises serious questions as to whether vital inquests into deaths are not taking place and that is unacceptable.
“Not only do families deserve closure after the death of a loved one, it’s vital to understand exactly what happened to ensure that nothing could have been done to prevent a tragedy taking place and to try stop it reoccurring in the future.
“The appropriate resources and standards must be in place across the NHS to ensure that anyone who dies whilst being detained under the Mental Health Act is reported to a coroner, so a thorough investigation can then take place.”
“This is a tragic case of a young man who had his life ahead of him until medical staff failed to diagnose his condition allowing them to give him the life-saving treatment he desperately needed.
“We are pleased that we were able to secure an admission from the NHS Trust for Maureen and Geoff to help them gain some answers as to what when wrong whilst staff at Walsall Manor Hospital were caring for their son. It is now important that the Trust learns lessons from this case to prevent the same mistakes happening to others in future.
“Sepsis is a devastating condition which causes the major organs to shut down, but if caught early enough, it can be treated with intravenous antibiotics. We are pleased that action is being taken by the Government and health professionals to try and improve the standard of care given to patients with sepsis, as new measures must be implemented to prevent unnecessary deaths from the condition.”
“This is an incredibly tragic case where a woman died in horrific circumstances when she was an inpatient at The George Bryan Centre.
“During her stay at the mental health facility Angela repeatedly self-harmed, expressed suicidal thoughts, even telling staff that she wanted to set herself on fire.
“Angela suffered for much of her life with mental illness and should have had the help and support she needed to help stabilise her mental state. The necessary care was not provided in Angela’s case and she and her family have been severely let down.
“We are pleased we were able to investigate the care given to Angela with the NHS Trust and now secured a partial admission and settlement for Naomi. It is vital that the Trust learns lessons from the recommendations identified in the Serious Incident Report and improves standards of care so that other families do not lose their loved ones in such horrific circumstances again in the future.”
“Our investigations found that there were significant failures in Donna’s care. It was clear that Donna’s depression was severe, she was open with staff and her family about the feelings she had been experiencing because she acknowledged something was wrong and wanted to get better. Donna’s family trusted staff at the Caludon Centre to care for her and are frustrated and angry that guidelines do not appear to have been followed to protect their daughter’s safety.
“We are also deeply concerned to learn of the failings identified in the CQC report as it suggests patient safety may have been compromised for some time, putting other patients at risk of not receiving the appropriate care needed to keep them safe.
“We are disappointed that the Trust denied liability for the failures with Donna’s care, but agreed to settle the case out of court. We are pleased for the family that we have now been able to conclude their case and allow them to raise their concerns and awareness about mental health services in the West Midlands.
“This is unfortunately not an isolated case and at Irwin Mitchell we see similar shortcomings by other Trusts specialising in mental health. It is vital that they work together to share best practice, but also highlight errors that could have been prevented. This will ensure similar failings are not repeated and