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I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Sheffield. I qualified in September 2014, having previously spent 16 months in the team as a trainee solicitor.
I handle my own caseload which encompasses a wide variety of medical negligence claims involving delays in diagnosis of cancer, errors made during surgery, injuries caused during childbirth and cases of stillbirth. I also deal with cases where a patient has sadly died as a result of negligent treatment by their GP or at hospital.
In addition to this, I assist senior members of the team with complex and high value cases, often where the negligence has resulted in the need for an amputation or a significant brain injury.
I initially became interested in a legal career following the death of my stepfather due to mesothelioma. Seeing how his compensation award made a difference to my family, made me want to pursue a career where I could help those who have been injured as a result of negligence.
I specialised in medical negligence because I like the challenge of looking into complex medical issues and working out how the legal tests apply in each case.
I enjoy helping clients through what is often a very difficult period in their lives. Being able to provide clients with some financial security and being able to answer their questions about what happened drives me to do the best for my clients. Knowing that I have achieved a successful outcome for my client is immensely rewarding.
At Irwin Mitchell, I am surrounded by a large team of talented and experienced medical negligence lawyers. Everyone I work with really cares about their clients and strives to achieve the best possible outcome in every case.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling to new places, reading and countryside walks. I lived in France for a year while I was at university, so I have a nostalgic love for all things French, including wine, cheese and French cinema!
“Throughout the process Anne was just brilliant; always very attentive and professional, guiding us through each stage with care and compassion. She and her experts fought really hard, collecting evidence and building the strongest possible case… I have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone.” - Sandra Harris, client (read full 5* review)
“This is a truly tragic case which, understandably, has left Ryan struggling to come to terms with what happened on the day his wife died.
“We believe that if Gail’s call had not been downgraded, an ambulance would have arrived sooner, Gail would have received appropriate hospital treatment and she would still be alive. The Ambulance Service’s own report and the inquest have also highlighted extremely serious failings in the care Gail received.
“Gail’s death sadly highlights how dangerous ectopic pregnancies can be. It is now vital that the Ambulance Trust learns lessons to improve patient care.”
“Ryan has been left devastated by Gail’s unexpected death.
“He has a number of serious concerns about what happened to Gail on the day she died and hopes that the inquest will now provide him with the vital answers he deserves.
“If during the course of the inquest any areas where patient care can be improved are identified, it is crucial that appropriate measures are put in place.”
“Sadly through our work, we often see the terrible impact that stillbirth and neonatal death has on so many families.
“We believe in building strong links within the communities in which we work, so the walk was not only a way to do our bit for charity but also an opportunity for us to reflect on how those affected by the death of a baby can receive the care and support they need.
“The rain was non-stop and the route was very hilly. However, we were not going to let this get in our way.”
Although Mali’s cancer was incurable it is still extremely worrying that the Hospital Trust failed to spot it. Delays in diagnosing Mali’s cancer meant he was not urgently referred for treatment which we believe would have allowed him to live longer and spend more time with his family.
“Instead his condition deteriorated significantly in the last few months of his life, requiring him to be admitted to hospital and a hospice for palliative care.
“We now call on Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to ensure it learns lessons from Mali’s case. Such delays in other cases could have even more heart-breaking consequences with regards to a patient being diagnosed with terminal cancer when an early diagnosis would have meant their cancer was curable.”
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