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I am a solicitor in the Product Liability team in Sheffield. I qualified in September 2015.
I handle my own caseload which encompasses a wide variety of individual cases as well as assisting on a number of different group actions involving metal-on-metal hip replacements, defibrillator cases, knee replacement cases, cosmetic procedures and non-medical product liability cases.
In addition to this, I help senior members of the team with complex and high value individual cases, as well as the generic work in group cases involving product liability and clinical negligence.
I realised early on that I was not suited to the family construction business so I looked into working in an career which would allow me to use my brain rather than my brawn. I decided to focus on a law career after receiving some pertinent advice from my sixth form tutor who told me I would be suited to a career which involved formulating arguments and advocacy.
Product liability law is still in its infancy and there have not been many cases in England and Wales or in the European Court of Justice which have clarified the law on defects. As such, we are working to assist our clients and also to make products safer for consumers in the future.
The focus remains on the client at all times. Working for a large firm allows me to support the client by signposting other services that we offer that could be of assistance.
I spend my spare time hiking in the Peak District and baking in an attempt to emulate Mary Berry.
“Metal on metal implants were once widely given to patients requiring a new hip joint, but many of these devices have been shown to fail much earlier than expected and they may cause injury due to metal particles released as the implants wear over time. This can have serious consequences, including the need for additional surgery in some cases, so quality after care and follow-up is vital.
“We have seen an increase in patients contacting us recently who have suffered significant damage brought about by an unmonitored metal on metal hip replacement. With regular follow-ups and monitoring, action could have been taken quickly and efficiently to avoid such serious complications. Now it is too late and they are looking to us to help secure settlements to fund rehabilitation and support for the resulting disability.”
Through our work we see the long lasting emotional and physical effects that using defective drugs and medicines can have. We invite the Department of Health to finally establish a public inquiry into the use of Primodos. After concerns have been expressed for around 50 years something surely must now be done?
“Glucose monitoring tests are vital to thousands of patients who suffer from diabetes and other hypoglycaemic illnesses. Crucially, if the blood glucose testing is not accurate, patients could be at risk of becoming hypoglycaemic which can lead to very serious health problems.
“Patients using this product need to be identified and urgently advised about alternative methods of monitoring to make sure that they’re obtaining accurate results. If patients are concerned, it is important for them to seek advice from their GP or specialist immediately.
“With the medical devises being used at home by patients, it will take a lot of time and money for the NHS to be certain that all strips are recalled. Patients must be at the centre of immediate care as going with false results can have life threatening consequences.”
“We have heard from a number of people who have developed serious eye infections and one client has subsequently lost sight in one eye. This has, understandably, had a devastating impact as he has had to accept that his life will never be the same again.
“It is very concerning to learn that, seven months on from the last incident review, there appear to have been further instances of infection and the ophthalmology department must now undergo a second investigation.”
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