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I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds.
In the past I have dealt with claims involving a wide range of conditions and injuries including delay in diagnosis of cancer, septic arthritis, hospital acquired infections, substandard abdominal and orthopaedic surgery, amputations and claims involving pressure sores.
I have particular experience acting in fatal cases arising from medical negligence and assisting families with the inquest process. I have experience assisting on high value claims involving spinal and brain injuries.
I chose to pursue a career in law, and particularly in personal legal services, because it offered the opportunity to deal with and help ordinary people who have suffered genuine loss as a result of negligence.
I have always had an interest in medicine with some early aspirations to become a doctor so naturally I was drawn to specialising in medical negligence.
There is a huge amount of job satisfaction in guiding someone who has suffered a terrible injury as a result of medical negligence through the litigation process from an initial meeting, through the investigation process to settlement and supporting them in their rehabilitation journey along the way.
For a lot of clients obtaining financial compensation is not always the main objective in bringing a claim and they can often simply want an apology or to get answers to questions relating to the care which has been provided to them. Being in a position to help my clients to get answers to those difficult questions is very rewarding.
I enjoy working at Irwin Mitchell because I am part of a national team of true experts in medical negligence who come very highly rated. Everyone is passionate about patient rights and has an obvious desire to make a difference for their clients. It is a great environment in which we can share our experiences and find the most effective way of achieving the best outcomes.
Away from the office, I enjoy being a dad. I also enjoy playing and watching football, when I get a chance, and I like to play golf.
"I would like to thank on behalf of my family, both Katie Warner and Ross McWilliams for their very professional and compassionate handling of my case, which ran for over 3 years. They kept me up to date at all times as things developed and were always sensitive towards the family regarding the very traumatic issues involved." - Chiff Chappell, Client
"I was initially concerned that during my case, Katie Warner had to pass my case over to Ross McWilliams as she went on maternity leave as we had built up a good relationship. All I can say is Ross was amazing. He took over my case half way, which isn't always easy, but he was excellent.
"He kept me informed at all times and explained the legal procedures and terminology in a way I could understand easily and I never felt rushed when talking to him on the phone. Ross worked very hard and long hours for me and was always seeking the best outcome for me. I am very grateful to both Ross and Katie and would highly recommend Irwin Mitchell." - Chan, Client
"I approached Irwin Mitchell to deal with a medical negligence claim relating to my mother. We were represented initially by Katie Warner and then by Ross McWilliams and both were extremely helpful and explained things clearly at each stage.
"The death of my mother during the proceedings meant we had to pass the claim over to myself but again everyone was very helpful and made things very easy under very difficult circumstances. I would have no reservations about recommending Irwin Mitchell to anyone. Thanks for doing a great job." - Dr. Louise Fletcher, client
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“Our clients have had long-held concerns regarding the medical treatment that John received following the incident before he reached hospital and this hearing has suggested that ultimately better care could and should have been provided.
“It is understandably upsetting to hear that a failure to provide timely and appropriate medical treatment contributed to a love one’s death.
“Following this hearing, we will now be supporting the family and helping them move forward with a civil claim in relation to John’s death.
“The Coroner was given assurances from a representative from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust that steps have been taken to address cultural and behavioural issues within the unit involved in this incident through a programme of training, to improve team communication, situational awareness in high risk and complex incidents like this and to improve the culture of shared decision making.
“This news was welcomed by the family. It is hoped that this will go some way to preventing similar incidents happening in the future.”
“More than a year on from John’s death, his loved ones still have a huge number of questions regarding the incident which led to his death and also whether he received the right support in the vital hours shortly after the event.
“We are determined to help the family get the answers they deserve and are hopeful that this inquest will be the first step in the right direction.
“As in any case of this nature, our fundamental hope is that important issues will be raised which in turn will ensure that lessons can be learned from this case.”
“When dealing with serious injuries to vulnerable road users such as cyclists, the immediate response is critical and unfortunately the NHS’s own internal report has found that there were some serious failures in the way that John was treated which could have caused or contributed to his death.
“We have been instructed by the family to assist them with the Coroner’s Inquest and to investigate the care that John received. The family are hopeful that they will finally be able to get some answers as to whether more could have been done for him and whether lessons can now be learned to reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.
“We will work with the family to ensure we get those answers and to support them throughout the process.”
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