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Louise Forsyth

Senior Associate Solicitor

Biography

I am a Senior Associate in the Medical Negligence team in our London office and have specialised in claims for patients since qualifying in 1999.

I have a wide-ranging caseload, including birth injuries (Erbs palsy and perineal damage), surgical cases and claim against GPs. I have a particular interest in Fatal Accident Act claims and inquests.

I'm committed to obtaining answers and, if appropriate, compensation, where someone has suffered the tragic loss of a loved one as a result of poor medical care.

I am also involved in developing and implementing the training programme for our personal injury solicitors at Irwin Mitchell, a very rewarding role, as well as playing a small part in Irwin Mitchell's drive to improve social mobility within the legal profession.

Louise is recommended as an 'up and coming' associate – Legal 500, 2012

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

Well, as a teenager, to be honest, the perceived drama and great suits! Then as a law student I was engrossed by cases involving children and medical decisions and when I finally got to experience clinical negligence claims as part of my training contract, I knew it was the right job for me. Utterly dreadful things happen to our clients and I want to help them get answers and the compensation that can make such a difference.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Achieving a good outcome for my clients, be that an explanation of treatment and an understanding as to why things went wrong, or compensation to help rebuild lives.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The commitment of each and every lawyer here at Irwin Mitchell is incredible: commitment to clients and commitment to making a difference. Through what we do, we hope the healthcare system will learn lessons and strive to improve patient safety and it's enormously rewarding to be part of that. Also, the support we receive from a whole raft of different teams is second to none.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am an avid reader and find this a great way to relax and escape. I am also attempting to work my way around every restaurant in London.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 01/03/2019
    Missed Opportunity To Help West London Mum With Mental Health Problems Before Her Death

    “This is an incredibly tragic case and reliving the events of what happened in the lead up to Tina’s death has been incredibly difficult for Tina’s loved ones. “The family had a number of concerns about the care Tina received before her death and sadly some of the evidence heard during the inquest has validated this. “We now join Tina’s family in calling for the NHS Trust to learn lessons from this case to improve patient care.”

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  • 11/02/2019
    West London Family's Hope For Answers After Mum With Mental Health Problems Dies

    “This is terribly tragic case and more than a year since her death, Tina’s family remain understandably devastated by the events that unfolded just 18 months ago. “Whilst the inquest is going to be an upsetting time for the family they hope that the hearing will provide them with vital answers regarding Tina’s death. “If the inquest highlights any shortcomings in the care Tina received, it is vital the lessons are learned and new procedures introduced so other families don’t have to suffer the pain and anguish that Tina’s family have following her death.”

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  • 26/05/2017
    Fiancée Of Man Who Died After Paramedics Failed To Spot Deadly Sepsis Infection, Speaks Out During UK Sepsis Trust Campaign

    “Sepsis is a devastating condition which affects 150,000 people every year in the UK, resulting in 44,000 deaths. This number of people dying from sepsis in the UK is extremely troubling as the condition can be treated by a course of antibiotics if diagnosed quickly. “We have seen numerous cases such as Steven’s where the symptoms of sepsis have not been spotted or where patients have not been started on treatment soon enough. This has a devastating impact on them, and for the family and friends of those who lose their lives as a result. “Through our close work with The UK Sepsis Trust we have seen the urgent need to promote the signs of sepsis and provide early care in the UK and hope that this week’s Wear Orange and Help Mend Sepsis awareness day will raise vital funds to save thousands of lives and improve the outlook for all of those affected.”

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  • 27/10/2016
    Woman Who Had To Sell Home After Op Left Her Disabled Takes Legal Action Against Hospital Trust

    “Diana went to hospital for corrective surgery and left with a life-changing injury from which she will never recover. “Diana led an incredibly full and active life prior to her injury; setting up addiction treatment and rehabilitation units In Afghanistan, hiking, dancing and training in Judo among other pastimes and pursuits. “As a result of her injury, her mobility has been significantly diminished and she had to sell her home as she could no longer cope with the stairs. She has been unable to return to work as a director of a charity and as an expert witness in child abuse cases. “We are investigating her care and working to achieve a fair settlement for her so that she is able to access rehabilitation and any support services or equipment she may need to maintain her independence for the rest of her life.”

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