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I undertook my training contract in the London office of Irwin Mitchell and qualified into the Medical Negligence team. I represent those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one as a result of medical negligence by GPs, hospitals or private doctors.
I manage my own caseload covering a wide range of issues including delay in diagnosis of cancer, negligent surgery, spinal injuries, orthopaedic injuries and birth injuries (to the mother and child). I have a particular interest in infectious diseases and amputation cases.
I also assist other members of the team in particularly complex cases often involving children who have sadly suffered injuries at birth such as cerebral palsy and hemiplegia.
I work hard to achieve the best results for my clients not only in terms of compensation but facilitating rehabilitation to improve the quality of life for them and their family.
I developed a keen interest in law from a young age after undertaking work experience at a law firm as part of a ‘pathway to law’ programme. I went on to study Law at GCSE level, A-level and finally obtained a law degree at Manchester University.
I chose to specialise in clinical negligence because it is an area of law where I can make a real difference to people’s lives, providing an extremely rewarding career. The opportunity to work closely with clients and communicate with a wide range of people to help provide a solution that could have a dramatic impact on their life is particularly appealing to me.
The most rewarding aspect of my role is helping people who have suffered serious injuries to investigate what has happened to them and provide some answers to help them come to terms with their injuries or the death of a loved one. It is particularly rewarding when compensation is obtained for clients and rehabilitation can be implemented to try and restore their lives as much as possible.
I enjoy working within a team of like-minded people who are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for their clients and do not stray away from testing and developing the law when it is necessary to do so.
I also enjoy participating in the numerous committees and events that Irwin Mitchell has to offer. I am a member of the charity committee and regularly organise events throughout the year to raise money for our charity of the year. A particular highlight on the charity event calendar was the Wii Olympics which included rounds of horse racing and synchronised swimming!
I love the great outdoors and have a passion for travelling. Before joining Irwin Mitchell I travelled to numerous countries including Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America. I also spent time volunteering in Uganda and at an animal sanctuary in Bolivia which is something that I would love to do again. When I’m not planning my next adventure I also enjoy reading, dancing and pilates.
“Understandably Shahida’s sudden death has a profound effect on her family who are still struggling to come to terms with what happened.
“The family have had a number of concerns about what happened in the lead up to her death and sadly the inquest and NHS investigation has identified a number of worrying areas in the care Shahida received.
“While nothing can make up for Shahida’s death we recognise the recommendations that the Hospital Trust has included in its report. It is now vital that these are implemented so staff across all departments are aware of the signs of sepsis and how early detection is key to beating it.”
“Wajid and Shahenaz accepted the findings of Barts Health’s Serious Incident Report as they trusted the opinions of the doctors involved in their daughter’s care. It was not until they requested Nailah’s medical notes to see if there was anything more they could do to help their sons that by chance they came across the second report which identified a different reason as to why she died.
“Wajid and Shahenaz are understandably extremely distressed by Nailah’s death. For the Trust to say it could not find Nailah’s medical records and then to not inform the family about the Child Death Report and its findings has just added to their suffering.
“The family feel that they have been left with no choice but to bring a legal case so that they can get answers from the NHS Trust about what had happened to their daughter and why. There has been a particular lack of openness by Barts Health NHS Trust in relation to the circumstances surrounding Nailah’s death which is in breach of their duty of candour.
“The Trust has now admitted liability and have apologised to the family but it is unfortunate that they were forced to commence legal action in order to simply get the answers that they were looking for. We call on the Trust to learn lessons from this tragic event so that all families who suffer the pain of losing a relative are told the full reasons why they died and what has been done to prevent it from happening again.”
The failure of doctors to diagnose Helen’s necrotising fasciitis and debride the affected tissue had catastrophic consequences for the family.
“Four years on they are still struggling to come to terms with how, just days after complaining of shoulder pain, a much-loved wife and mum died.
“Hospitals have a duty of care to look after patients and tragically, in Helen’s case, the level of care she received fell below what people should expect.
“Nothing can make up for the family’s loss or bring Helen back but we are grateful that the Trust has admitted liability. It now vital that the Trust ensures measures are in place to prevent a repeat of Helen’s unnecessary death and the subsequent pain the family have gone through.”
“It is essential that GP staff have a greater awareness of the importance of foot care with diabetic patients and ensure any patient at risk of infection are treated appropriately and promptly.
“At no point during any of his appointments was his diabetes checked and at no point was he referred to his GP or to the hospital for specialist diabetic or wound treatment.
“Had staff at the surgery followed the correct procedures, he would have been treated much sooner. Unfortunately, by the time it was finally recognised, it was too late. The infection had spread deep into the tissue in his leg and amputation was the only option.
“We are pleased that Town Hill Medical Practice has admitted failings in Leslie’s care and hope that lessons can be learned from his experience to prevent other patients suffering a similar distressing ordeal.
“We are now working with Leslie to secure a settlement which will allow him to access vital rehabilitation therapy and support to help him regain independence, address his future care needs and fund any equipment he may require.”
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