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I head the Medical Negligence team in the Manchester office. I specialise in clinical negligence, acting for people with serious injury, mainly brain and spinal injury, involving adults and children and claims arising following the death of a loved one. I have also developed a special interest in stillbirths and have valuable experience of psychiatric clinical negligence cases. During the years I have been practising as a solicitor I have achieved over £25 million in compensation for my clients.
Lindsay's team were short listed for the Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards, 2010.
"Accurate and realistic in her assessment of each case, which clearly comes from her extensive experience in this field. Thorough and sympathetic’ - Legal 500, 2018/19
She is praised for being "extremely astute in analysing cases and pushing them." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"She fights the client's corner extremely well and is a good leader" – Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Personable and able litigator who is also superb with clients" - Legal 500, 2017
Sources say: "She has fantastic client skills, she's very sensitive and has a good case management style.” – Chambers & Partners ,2016
"Very few solicitors across the country have as much experience as she does" – Chambers & Partners, 2015
"Unanimously regarded as one of the most prominent clinical negligence players in the market, with peers emphasising her strong case management skills. Clients appreciate the fact that she 'makes you feel at ease'." – Chambers & Partners, 2014
Lindsay Wise is "adept at brain and spinal injury cases" – Legal 500, 2015
Lindsay is "analytical and very client friendly, and manages expectations realistically and sensitively" – Legal 500, 2013
I love medicine but am not great with blood. Being a clinical negligence solicitor is the next best thing. Also, my mum suffered injury as a result of medical treatment when I was quite young. I was interested in the legal aspects. As a result, during my school holidays I went into the firm of solicitors who acted for her to get a feel for what the job was like and loved it. I've never looked back.
I like helping people, whether it is through achieving a good settlement that will make a client's life better in the future or helping a client to understand why there may have been no negligence in relation to the treatment they received.
It’s a friendly environment to work in with us all having the same interest at heart, namely our clients. It is also a firm that looks after its employees.
Like most parents, bringing up my 2 children who are 9 and 4 takes up most of my time out of the office. If I manage to find time for myself I like to curl up with a good book and occasionally opt to exercise.
“It’s a charity personal to me as I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and am now in remission.
At the time of my diagnosis, I was 46 and it came as a huge shock.
I’m a great believer in things happening for a reason. I’ve seen strengths and weaknesses in my character, and as a result of what has happened to me, I have re-evaluated my life and its true meaning.
To me, nothing beats protecting my health. That being said, I will be testing that to the extreme with the trek to Everest Base Camp, but I am really pleased that we will be raising some much-deserved money for Prevent Breast Cancer, and at the same time hopefully replacing my memories of difficult times with happy ones.”
“We are delighted to welcome Kris to the team at what is a very exciting time for the office following our recent move to One St Peter’s Square.
“Kris’ wealth of experience in relation to medical negligence is sure to be a fantastic addition to the team as we continue to look to develop our offering. An appointment of this calibre also highlights how Irwin Mitchell remains committed to recruiting top talent and providing the best possible support to our clients.”
The sheer number of patients who have been misdiagnosed at the hospitals controlled by the Pennine Acute NHS Trust over the last five years is a huge concern.
“While it is welcome that processes have been implemented to enable staff to report failings and an internal review was triggered, it is absolutely vital steps are taken to prevent these kind of incidents occurring in the first place.
“Patient safety should always be the top priority, particularly when dealing with cancer, a disease where time is of the essence. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can play a crucial role in the chances of recovery and survival. The review has found that some patients have suffered harm as a result of misdiagnosis and it is of paramount importance that they are provided with answers as to how this serious incident occurred.
“We welcome the investigation currently being carried out and hope that any failings are identified and resolved quickly to reassure both those patients affected and those remaining patients being treated at these hospitals.
The issues highlighted by the Care Quality Commission at Tameside General Hospital are extremely worrying and it is vital that the management and staff examine the failings identified and take action to ensure standards are improved quickly.
“Our work on behalf of patients who are not provided the appropriate care when they need it means we understand the consequences such issues can have, so it is important the failings at the hospital are tackled immediately.
“The quality of patient care should be the top priority and a key part of this is taking positive steps to ensure the problems are resolved and standards reach the correct levels.”
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