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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.
"Has 'great client manner and good understanding'". - Legal 500, 2018/19
"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
“The SNAPS Superhero Zoom will be a fun-filled day for children of all abilities and their families.
We are proud to support SNAPS as our charity of the year at the Leeds office and we highly commend the work they carry out in the local area. I encourage everyone to do the same by coming along to the event in September.”
“Hannah’s experience is an incredibly worrying one.
“For an experienced ENT surgeon this should be relatively straight forward procedure yet Hannah was operated on by someone who admitted themselves that they were without the necessary recent experience and she now has to face a lifetime with permanent right sided hearing loss and vestibular failure which includes horrible symptoms such as vertigo, imbalance and dizziness. This simply should never have happened.
“Investigations into this case have revealed that the Trust failed to obtain adequate references regarding the surgeon’s clinical skills and that they were also allowed to operate unsupervised.
“Assumptions were made about the surgeon’s clinical skills based on their CV, experience and qualifications. Perhaps most worryingly, they had even asked not to do such procedures because they did not feel competent yet those requests were seemingly ignored.
“While we are delighted to have secured Hannah a settlement to help her in future she would rather not be in this position and it’s absolutely vital that lessons are learned from this case and the many issues raised are simply never repeated again in the future.”
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“We are all so impressed with the amazing work that SNAPS does for local children with special needs and their families. It is such a great charity and I know from personal involvement as a Trustee that the money we have raised will go a long way.”
“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.”
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