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Richard Kayser

Associate

Biography

I am an Associate Solicitor based in the Medical Negligence team in London, representing individuals and their families who have suffered injury as a result of a medical accident. I have a specialist interest in the following areas:

  • Adult and child brain injury
  • Children who have suffered injuries at birth
  • Spinal injury
  • Fatal cases
  • Delay in the diagnosis of cancer
  • Meningitis and Encephalitis

I qualified as a solicitor in 2010, joining Irwin Mitchell in November 2014. I initially trained to be a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in September 2008. In August 2008 I joined Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors where I undertook the cross qualification training.

I manage my own varied caseload which includes representing clients who have suffered major spinal cord injury and brain damage through substandard medical treatment. I have experience with representation of families at inquests where death is suspected to have occurred due to neglect.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

Being able to help injured people obtain the compensation they deserve to help them rebuild their lives and put in place much needed rehabilitation.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Irwin Mitchell is one of, if not the leading, medical negligence firms in the country. To be able to work with an extensive team with vast experience means we can offer our clients the best possible service. This ensures injured people get the rehabilitation they need and obtain the compensation they deserve.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell is able to offer its clients the full range of legal services under one roof, including access to a client liaison manager, Court of Protection team and assistance with education and public law. This means I can give my clients the very best legal advice, helping them throughout their legal claim and beyond.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Away from the office, I love to travel and experience new cultures. Having recently become a father I spend as much time at home with my daughter.

Significant Cases

MRR v Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The claimant suffers from severe cerebral palsy as a result of the mismanagement of Group B Streptococcus following her birth. She will remain dependent on carers for the rest of her life for all activities of daily living. Several large interim payments were obtained before the case had concluded to fund a care package, case manager and to enable the claimant to move to more suitable accommodation. The Court approved a final settlement reached between the parties out of Court which had a seven figure lump sum plus six figure yearly periodical payment.

DC v Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

I achieved a capitalised award of 1.9 million for a brain injured adult who suffered life changing injuries following failures to monitor the Claimant’s blood levels whilst on Warfarin after major brain surgery. Test results were obtained which showed the Claimant was dangerously over coagulated but no action was taken for over two hours, and when action was taken it was inadequate. Damages were obtained to put in place a care package, suitable accommodation along with funds to continue with his rehabilitation.

JL v Medway NHS foundation Trust

I achieved an award of over 2.9 million for a brain injured adult who suffered life changing injuries as a result of hyponatremia and hypokalemia following mismanagement of her sodium levels.

PW v unspecified

I worked with Rebecca Cherry to secure a seven figure settlement for a seriously disabled adult who suffered debilitating pressure sores whilst recovering from a road traffic accident. It was the highest documented settlement for a pressure sore injury case.

NB and DS v Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

I recovered an undisclosed amount of compensation for parents who lost their son during childbirth and both suffered serious psychiatric injuries. The parents were encouraged to have a natural birth following a previous caesarean section, but this resulted in an emergency caesarean section.

AB (Deceased) v Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Legal representation was provided to the family at the inquest into the death of AB following the birth of her daughter. The Coroner found two findings of neglect in the care that she received. The legal case into her death is ongoing.

CE v various GP’s

I recovered £215,000 for a father of three who was failed by his GPs. Despite numerous attendances he was not referred for further investigation which would have led to a diagnosis of cancer. Due to the delay he developed secondary metastasis and his condition was terminal.

CD v unspecified

I secured £275,000 in compensation for a client who was administered a spinal anaesthetic directly into her spinal cord whilst already under a general anaesthetic, leaving her with permanent nerve damage and unable to return to full time work.

MP (Deceased) v Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 2012

I secured £125,000 for the family of the deceased, who died after a severe reaction to penicillin given during surgery. The case led to full internal review of Trust policy for monitoring patients with known allergies.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 14/08/2017
    Man With Hep B Died When Medics Failed To Give Him Anti-Viral Medication Before Chemotherapy Coroner Rules

    “While Donald’s family has received a full apology from the Trust, along with an admission of liability from their solicitors, it cannot bring back a much loved husband, son and father. “To learn that Donald’s death was preventable has added to their grief and their greatest wish now is for lessons to be learned so that what happened to Donald cannot happen to anyone else. It is their hope, and ours, that the new safeguards will ensure that.”

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  • 27/04/2017
    Settlement For Mum Left Brain Damaged After Hospital Delay In Diagnosing Life-Threatening Illness

    “The last 12 years have been incredibly difficult for CBR and her family. And while nothing can change what has happened to her, the significant settlement agreed by the courts today will provide her with access to suitable accommodation, a full care package and continued rehabilitation for the rest of her life. “It is important that the NHS Trust continues to learn from the mistakes made and improve its practices to ensure that no other family will have to endure what CBR and her family have been through.”

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  • 09/05/2016
    Grandparents Launch Legal Action Against Hospital Where Daughter Died Following Childbirth and Granddaughter Was Left Brain Damaged

    “S’Riaah is an incredibly strong little girl, but one who should never have had to endure what she has been through. She will need a lifetime of care and therapy as well as costly adaptions to her home to enable her to stay there. “Sylvia and Parbeto, and D’Lissa’s siblings, have had to be incredibly strong for S’Riaah while still grieving the sudden loss of D’Lissa at a time when the family was supposed to be celebrating the happy arrival of a new baby. “It is hoped that an inquest into D’Lissa’s untimely death will give Sylvia and her family the opportunity to hear from those responsible for D’Lissa and S’Riaah’s care and how events unfolded to leave S’Riaah with life changing injuries.”

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  • 11/01/2015
    Woman Left With ‘Months To Live’ After Delay In Lung Cancer Diagnosis

    Kim’s diagnosis has come as a complete shock to her and her family and they are desperately seeking answers as to why her condition was not picked up at an earlier point by the doctors who treated her. “Delays in promptly diagnosing and treating any type of cancer can have devastating consequences and it is vital that doctors focus on the symptoms and give each patient the best possible care when deciding whether or not it might be cancer. “In this case we are still in the early stages of our investigation for Kim and her family to get some answers as to what happened during her care. “There is sadly nothing that can turn back the clock but, this case is about highlighting any potential issues and lessons that can be learnt to hopefully prevent any other families having to go through what Kim and her family are at the moment.”

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