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I am a trainee legal executive based in the Southampton Medical Negligence Team. I have a varied caseload of medical negligence cases, and I also assist other members of our team.
I am involved in a wide variety of cases including brain injury, infection and wound management, surgical negligence, bladder and bowel injuries, Accident and Emergency claims, cardiology, and fatal claims.
I wanted to work in an industry that would really challenge me and encourage me to keep learning new skills.
It is very rewarding to know that the work that we have done can affect someone's life in a positive way. It is great to be able to support our clients through what can be very difficult times in their lives.
I am proud to work for a firm who do so much more for clients than just claim compensation. It is great to be able to offer such a strong focus on rehabilitation and support.
I enjoy travelling, cooking, playing netball and walking my dog.
“Sue has significant rehabilitation ahead of her as well as prosthetics, walking aids and adaptions to her home to help her regain her previous quality of life.
“She is still struggling to come to terms with her amputation and the impact it has had on her independence. She is desperate for answers and feels that her diabetes should have raised a red flag when she was being examined.
“We have written to the Trust outlining Sue’s case and are now awaiting a response.”
“The Trust has reassured patients about the reasons behind this and that patients have not been put at risk. However, the impact on communities and patients can be significant when something like this happens, and can have a ripple effect on other services. For example, if a patient misses out on their scheduled surgery date, they may then have to go back on the waiting list for post-surgery therapies or check-ups which has the potential to delay diagnoses of any issues which may arise from surgery.
“Of course patient safety is key and it is important that people are given advice on how to seek medical assistance, including the telephone 111 service, while the hospital works to overcome the lack of resources.
“Local authorities should also be working strategically with their NHS Trusts to ensure that people who are safe to discharge can do so, to avoid hospitals being overwhelmed and surgical delays becoming a regular occurrence.”
“Peter is understandably concerned that despite the number of reviews of his leg surgery, and repeated acknowledgment in his medical notes that the wound was oozing, no urgent action was taken until January 27.
“Life since the operation has been very difficult for Peter who has had to adjust to significant restrictions on his mobility. He’s also had to come to terms with the fact that an operation which was supposed to give him a better quality of life, has ultimately led to a very traumatic period and has a long-term, if not permanent impact on the rest of his life.
“Such was the extreme nature of Peter’s scarring, when we showed the photographs of his leg to our medical experts they told us the disfigurement was more akin to a shark attack victim than that of a patient who had undergone a vein graft.
“Of course, it could have been so much worse for Peter. Had his infection been allowed to develop further he could have lost his leg completely or, shockingly, even died. It’s therefore incredibly important that lessons are learned from his ordeal so no other patient suffers as he has."
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