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I am a solicitor specialising in medical negligence cases. My job involves securing financial compensation for clients who have suffered an injury (either physical or psychological) as a result of medical negligence. I have my own caseload and also assist more senior fee earners.
I have experience in a variety of claims including mismanagement of mothers and babies at birth, negligently performed surgical procedures, misdiagnosis and delays in treatment as well as failures in GP and community care.
I qualified as a solicitor in September 2014 after completing a two year training contract at Irwin Mitchell. Prior to starting my training contract I read Law at the University of Sheffield and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Law.
I decided I wanted to study Law whilst completing my A-levels. I was fascinated by the speed at which the law changes, and the far reaching effect those changes have on every individual in society.
Whilst studying Law I decided that I wanted to become a solicitor so that I could use the knowledge and understanding that I had gained to help other people.
Being able to get financial compensation for clients and seeing how it improves their situation is rewarding but I also think that clients benefit from having someone to talk to during what is almost always a difficult time in their lives.
It is rewarding and enjoyable to be part of a team of specialists in medical negligence and personal injury who have their clients' needs and goals at the centre of everything they do.
Outside of work I play league badminton and netball. I am interested in modern British history and also enjoy clay pigeon shooting.
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“The effect of Paul’s emergency surgery to repair his perforated bowel and the development of the huge hernia has had a tremendous impact on his life. He has struggled with his return to work and the hernia affects his ability to carry out day to day tasks such as housework and playing with his young daughter, things that many of us take for granted.
“Even after undergoing further invasive surgery to repair his hernia, Paul will continue to face many challenges. There is no guarantee that the surgery will be completely successful and he will never be able to lift heavier items. This will have a significant impact on his antiques dealing business.
“The first-hand account we have heard from Paul about his care following his original operation is worrying. We are now investigating his concerns.
“Paul wants to make sure that if during the course of our investigations any issues in his care are identified, lessons are learned to improve care in future and reduce the risk of others going through a similar ordeal.”
Julie’s family have been left completely heartbroken after losing her so suddenly and understandably they had many questions as to why her condition was not investigated and diagnosed sooner. They have patiently waited whilst the investigations into Julie’s death were undertaken.
“The family believes it is important that lessons are learned from Julie’s death, both in relation to the way in which headache symptoms are assessed and also in terms of investigating serious incidents quickly and thoroughly. We are pleased that the Coroner intends to raise her concerns with the Trust in order to improve practice in the future.”
“Having suffered the heartbreak of four miscarriages – one ending in a distressing stillbirth, Stacey felt confident that she was coming under the care of Bassetlaw District General Hospital already armed with a high risk pregnancy care plan. "So to lose Tobias and then learn that following that there were missed opportunities to save him was a bitter blow from which she is still trying to recover.
“What was particularly concerning was the disregard to Stacey’s concerns when she presented at the hospital with reduced movement from her baby. On these occasions Stacey’s case should have been escalated to an obstetrician – a decision which could have saved Tobias’ life.
“Stacey hopes that by admitting liability and apologising for its mistakes, the Trust will have learned from this tragic case and avoid causing further suffering to other expectant parents.”
“Julie’s family have been left absolutely devastated by her death and understandably have a number of questions about the care she received at Royal Derby Hospital.
“They hope that the inquest will provide some opportunity for them to learn more about the weeks leading up to Julie’s death, so that lessons can be learned from it.”
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