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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
“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.”
“This is a very upsetting case and our client remains understandably devastated by the loss of her husband ten months on from the event.
“We hope that this inquest will provide the key information regarding the events that led to Walter’s death and that the findings will ensure that the family get the answers they deserve.”
“Shirley’s family have been left heartbroken after losing her, it has been an incredibly difficult time for Dawn to not only cope with losing her mother, but also come to terms with the fact that the hospital failed to treat Shirley correctly.
“We work closely with the national charity UK SEPSIS Trust and know from speaking to many people affected that sepsis can be a devastating condition with around 37,000 people dying of sepsis each year. But there are very obvious red flag signs which were missed in this case and in many others we have seen from across the UK. Errors of this nature are simply unacceptable when it comes to matters of life and death.
“We will continue to work with the family to ensure lessons are learnt from this case and that patient safety is improved to prevent other patients and families going through what Dawn and the family have sadly had to go through.”
“Shirley’s family have been left heartbroken after losing her, it has been an incredibly difficult time for Dawn to not only cope with losing her mother, and her father, but also come to terms with the fact that the hospital failed to treat Shirley correctly.
“We work closely with the national charity Sepsis UK and know from speaking to many people affected that sepsis can be a devastating condition with around 37,000 people dying of sepsis each year. But there are very obvious red flag signs which were missed in this case and in many others we have seen from across the UK. Errors of this nature are simply unacceptable when it comes to matters of life and death.
“We will continue to work with the family to ensure lessons are learnt from this case and that patient safety is improved to prevent other patients and families going through what Dawn and the family have sadly had to go through."
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