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Laura Hopkinson

Solicitor

Biography

I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Sheffield and have been working at Irwin Mitchell since 2014. I am work exclusively with patients to support them in investigating the medical treatment they have received.

I handle a wide variety of medical negligence cases including delayed cancer diagnoses, failures during surgery, substandard GP care, and orthopaedic treatment.

I also have experience in investigating gynaecological and obstetric treatment received by my clients, which is an area that I have a specific interest in. Sadly, this covers injuries to both mothers and babies during childbirth and tragic cases relating to stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

What inspired you to get into law?

I have always enjoyed working with and getting to know all different types of people. I also wanted a job which was challenging, involved empowering people to access justice, and allowed me to fight their corner if they were unable to fully do it themselves.

I am also fascinated by the constantly evolving world of medicine - this is one of the reasons why I chose to specialise in medical negligence.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is the privilege of working with our clients and enabling them (or their family) to find the answers to their questions, assist them through the legal process, and support them with them getting on with their lives after suffering life-changing injuries.

It is also incredibly rewarding to work with such fantastic colleagues at the top of their fields in medical negligence law. They are as passionate as I am about finding answers for our clients and supporting them through what can be one of the most difficult times in their lives.

What do you do away from the office?

Outside of the office I enjoy horse riding, climbing and taking my two dogs for walks in the Peak District, which I am very lucky to live so close to. I also love travelling to new places with friends and family. For a spot of relaxation I try to fit in a yoga class when I can.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 19/04/2018
    Hospital Investigation into Stillborn Baby Death Finds Series of ‘Care And Delivery Problems’

    The serious incident investigation report highlights a number of criticisms in the care Kayleigh received, in particularly that her and her baby’s condition should have been escalated to a Consultant on a number of occasions throughout her labour. However, no attempts were ever made to contact such a Consultant. “Kayleigh and Scott have understandably been left devastated by the loss of baby Freddie. While nothing can ever make up for their loss, the couple hope that by admitting its mistakes, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will learn from this tragic case so no parents have to experience the suffering they have had to go through. "It is very important for Kayleigh and Scott that they are able to raise awareness of their tragic loss so serious lessons can be learnt.”

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