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I am a Partner in the Medical Negligence department in the London office and head up one of the teams. As well as managing the team, I have a caseload of high value complex medical negligence cases, the majority of which relate to birth injuries. I act for a lot of children with cerebral palsy and investigate whether or not their condition was caused by any negligence at around the time of their birth.
"She is a formidable, able solicitor who is wonderful with clients and who thinks outside the box in her approach to cases." - Chambers & Partners 2018
"Clients just love and delight in her. She is on top of the detail of her cases and leaves no stone unturned. She is hugely energetic and industrious as well as dogged in her approach to a case." - Chambers & Partners 2017
"Auriana Griffiths is intelligent, determined and committed" - Legal 500 2016
"Very confident and capable" - Chambers & Partners 2016
Auriana Griffiths is "highly intelligent, innovative and targeted" - Legal 500 2015
"Hard-working, sound in her analysis and excellent at client contact." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"Very personable", "very thorough", "the skill of managing her clients' expectations." - Chambers & Partners 2013
"A pleasure to deal with." - Chambers & Partners 2012
I was always quite argumentative as a child just for the sake of having a debate and did not give up easily when putting my point across. When I was older, I was then torn between medicine and law so I decided that I would do something which enabled me to learn more about medicine at the same time as practising law which is why I chose to specialise in clinical negligence.
Investigating what caused a client's condition is rewarding even if it cannot be proven that it was the result of any negligence, because often the client has peace of mind knowing that what happened to them was unfortunate but no one is to blame. If, of course, fault can be proven then it is very rewarding being able to secure the much needed compensation to provide equipment, therapy and care for the injured person to ensure they are looked after for the rest of their lives especially when State funding is often very limited. As I act mainly for children, it is very rewarding to know that a successful case gives parents the security of knowing their child will be provided for even after they have gone.
IM has a very strong client focus and is always looking for ways to improve the service we offer to clients. The diverse areas of law that we cover often means that where a client has a unique query on another matter, we are often able to help. Aside from the strength in the business, the staff are friendly and there are numerous extra curricular (charity and sports) activities that staff are encouraged to get involved in. We are a social bunch!
Away from the office I like to walk, travel, dance and listen to music.
This is a truly devastating case in which a young girl has suffered a very serious birth injury that will have an impact on her for the rest of her life.
“While nothing will ever change what has happened to this family, we hope that this settlement will at least provide some relief and mean they are safe in the knowledge that their daughter’s needs will be met in the years ahead.
“This case should also act as an important reminder that the safety of patients must always be the top priority for the NHS. The problems which arose in this case should never be allowed to happen again.”
"Our client’s family raised a number of very serious concerns over the level of care her mum received after she was admitted to hospital.
“The mother and in turn her daughter were badly let down by the hospital trust and opportunities were missed to prevent our client’s injuries. The last thing that the family want, however, is for there to be a loss of confidence in the health services.
“The family just hope that lessons are learned to ensure that no one else has to go through the same pain as they have.”
“The report on the imminent release of this study has raised major concerns and it is clear that once released, the information included is carefully assessed and examined.
“It is clearly worrying that avoidable deaths have been identified and it is vital that the Government and NHS work to determine how current systems and processes for treatment can be changed to improve safety.
“Our work acting for those affected by avoidable care failings has highlighted how hugely devastating it is for families to be affected by such an issue.
“Safety must always be the priority and, with this in mind, absolute care and attention should be taken to improve services.”
“We are delighted to be teaming up with Brainwave this year to help support and raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy.
“Cerebral palsy does not mean that children and their families cannot live happy and fulfilling lives. But key to this is access to the specialist support that enables children to reach their full potential.
“Through our work we help families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and help them gain access to the specialist support and rehabilitation they need. Many of our clients suffered brain damage as a result of medical negligence during their birth and need a high level of care for the rest of their lives.”
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