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I am a solicitor based in Irwin Mitchell’s London office, having joined the firm in September 2008. I practice within the Medical Negligence team.
I have particular expertise in cosmetic surgery cases, regularly advising on issues such as substandard breast surgery, adverse outcomes following dermal fillers and other treatments routinely seen within this area.
I studied Law at the University of Birmingham before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law. I am also accredited as a litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
I have a diverse caseload of medical law claims, including cases of negligent misdiagnosis, surgery and delays in referral. I also represent families who have been bereaved as a result of substandard medical practice.
I take responsibility for cases at the earliest stage, with an immediate emphasis on securing rehabilitation for those clients in need, where interim funding is available. I strive to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients and pursue cases against NHS Trusts, GPs and medical professionals in private practice.
Outside of work, I am an avid football fan and have a keen interest in travel and fitness.
Louisa’s case sadly highlights the devastating consequences that can happen because of delays in diagnosing and treating cervical cancer.
“While nothing can bring Louisa back we are thankful that the NHS Trust has admitted liability for her death. It’s now vital that the Trust learns lessons to ensure such a mistake does not happen again.
“Although Louisa’s test results were recorded inaccurately it’s important women continue to take part in the NHS’ Cervical Screening Programme. We also join Graeme in encouraging any women who may think they have the symptoms of cervical cancer to seek medical advice at the earliest possible opportunity.”
“This is an example of the tragic consequences miscommunication between medical professionals can have on their patients.
“Sadly, this man was simply not provided with suitable treatment and as a result suffered a severe stroke which has left him with life-changing injuries. He was unable to access the anti-coagulant medication that would have reduced his risk of suffering a stroke and the physical and mental problems he now suffers as a result.
“We are glad the settlement has now been approved as the family can live safe in the knowledge that their future is secure and their husband and father will be able to access the care he needs.”
“This was a tragic death that could and should have been avoided. The NHS Trust found that with the correct treatment he would have survived.
“Sadly, he was not provided with suitable treatment and tragically passed away, leaving behind his wife and young daughter. It has been an incredibly difficult few years for the family and they continue to struggle to come to terms with the impact of his death.
“We are glad the settlement has now been approved as the family can live safe in the knowledge that their future is secure. While no amount of money will change what happened, the family is thankful that the Trust’s investigations identified a number of failings in care, which they hope will now have been corrected so other families do not endure the same heartache in the future.”
This is a heartbreaking situation as Louisa was only 35-years-old when she died and leaves behind two young children. In the couple of years before her death Louisa had made multiple visits to her GP and the hospital and we are investigating if more could have been done to spot the cervical cancer earlier.
“Although cervical cancer in young women is rare our specialist medical law team has dealt with a number of cases involving women in their twenties and thirties from across the country whose cervical cancer was initially missed by doctors.
“Delays in promptly diagnosing and treating cervical cancer can have devastating consequences and it is vital that doctors focus on the symptoms rather than the age of a woman when deciding whether or not it might be cancer.
“In this case we are still in the early stages of our investigation as her devastated family just want answers as to what happened during her care.
“They know nothing can turn back the clock, but this case is about highlighting any potential issues and lessons that can be learnt to hopefully prevent other women from suffering as Louisa did.”
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