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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!
“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.”
As a national law firm we are committed to getting out and about and engaging with communities across the UK and events like this are a great opportunity to do just that.
“We are really looking forward to the event in Coalville and are excited that we will be joined by a host of charities on the day who carry out amazing work in helping people. With a range of expertise on hand, it is sure to be a great opportunity to get advice and support on an array of issues.”
“The loss of Ava has been devastating for Rebecca, David and their families, and their pain has been compounded by knowing that had Rebecca been referred for consultant-led care in line with hospital and national guidelines, little Ava would likely be alive today.
“With so many chances to identify Rebecca’s age, there should have been plenty of opportunities to correct her care plan. It is clear in this case that she, David and Ava were incredibly and irrevocably let down.
“We welcome the Trust’s decision to accept its failings and spare Rebecca and David the pain of reliving their ordeal through protracted legal action. And we hope that the recommendations from the Trust’s own review will prevent another family having to go through a similar tragedy.
“Of course this sadly comes all too late for Rebecca and David but they now hope every opportunity will be taken to learn lessons from Ava’s tragic loss.”
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