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I am a senior associate in the Medical Negligence team in Birmingham and I have worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2009.
All of the cases I handle consider the care and treatment that doctors and other medical practitioners have provided to their patients. I act exclusively for the patient, fully investigating the care they have received and providing answers to the questions they have on how their injury came about.
I run my own varied caseload which includes cases resulting in fatalities, delays in diagnosis of cancer, orthopaedic injuries and serious brain/spinal injury.
I have a particular interest in military cases, progressing claims for ex and serving military personnel who are concerned by the medical treatment they have received. As I have personal knowledge of the military I use this to ensure I support my client not only through the legal case but also through the many changes and effects an injury can have.
I have recovered significant sums for my clients including multi-million pound awards.
I always knew I wanted to enter a profession that could make a difference to peoples' lives. At a young age, I was lucky enough to be offered work experience at a local solicitors firm. It struck me how effective a solicitor could be in resolving others' issues. From then on, it was the only career I ever wanted.
My clients have all suffered life-changing injuries, often abruptly. I enjoy helping my clients understand their injury, being with them on their road to recovery and ultimately, securing funds to put them back in the position they would have been had they not been injured. This is often incredibly difficult but once achieved, it is very rewarding to see and have been a part of.
Health problems can affect every person, from all walks of life. My role as a clinical negligence solicitor allows me to meet people from a whole variety of backgrounds which I find incredibly interesting.
I am a certified open water scuba diver, with qualifications in deep sea diving, navigation and night dives. I have dived all over the world including the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and the Mamanuca Islands (Fiji).
I am also an enthusiastic member of my local running club.
“We’re delighted and proud to be sponsoring Libby Mae’s Little Angels’ annual charity ball. Many of us at Irwin Mitchell have been able to see first-hand the life-saving work that neonatal units provide, with many of our clients reliant on them in their most urgent time of need – just like Danielle and Michael, and their daughter Aurelia.
“To be able to help spread awareness of the importance of neonatal units and assist Libby Mae’s Little Angels in raising funds means more people like Danielle, Michael and Aurelia can get the help they need.”
“Patients are generally uninformed about the insurance of doctors and private surgery and “what if something goes wrong?” is not usually on their mind when they need care.
“The fact is that if something goes wrong in a private setting then often the patient is less protected than if it happened on the NHS. There can be issues with levels of indemnity insurance not being adequate to cover the injuries suffered. Problems with insurance cover can also leave an injured patient exposed if they need follow up care and rehabilitation.
“Private hospitals need to take more responsibility for the surgeons they are allowing to practice within their hospitals. Contracts for private care can be complicated and patients often won’t understand the terms and conditions.
“We welcome the review and hope that the sector can become more transparent which will both improve standards and provide clearer route of redress for patients in the event of any negligent care.”
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