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I have been involved in health law since 1993, covering all aspects of clinical negligence and areas of medicine. My experience in this area of law ranges from lower value cases involving limited injuries right through to complex and maximum value neurological claims, such as birth injury. I have a particular interest in cases of spinal neurological injury.
"Very down-to-earth manner with the clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
Tom Mather "never gets frustrated or impatient but will go through each of the questions and problems without any issue." - Chambers & Partners 2017
"Goes out of his way to take great care of his clients and... always provides useful insight" - Legal 500, 2017
Sources describe Tom Mather as a "very experienced litigator" who is "willing to fight his client's corner to the end." - Chambers & Partners 2016
"Very well skilled; very able, efficient and careful." - Chambers & Partners 2015
Highly regarded for his non-confrontational manner and his desire to get the best for his clients. One client states: "He was very patient and explained every little detail to me." - Chambers & Partners 2014
Contributor to APIL's guide to Clinical Negligence (2008)
Following a degree in Business Studies I secured a position with a local law firm specialising in Health Law. The fascinating and complex combination of medicine and the law persuaded me to follow this career.
Being able to obtain an appropriate compensation package for those who have suffered from medical accidents, so that their future is secure
Recognised as the leading personal injury and clinical negligence practice in the country, Irwin Mitchell is at the forefront of this area of the law, and continues to go from strength to strength.
My young family of 3 boys keeps me busy and active (and I can still beat them all at football - just!). We enjoy living close to the Peak District and regularly make the most of what it has to offer. I am also heavily involved in our local church, supporting it in many and various ways.
“We are concerned to note the number of cases in which patients received poor or very poor care, and we welcome auditing of care to highlight areas for improvement into patient care and safety.
“It is important that the audit findings are taken on board to ensure that standards improve in those areas identified.”
“This truly unfortunate story highlights the need for appropriate review of signs and symptoms and prompt referrals where necessary.
“At Irwin Mitchell, dealing with cases where a patient has died following unacceptable care, we see the impact that this has on their family members. We therefore welcome that the Trust has implemented an action plan to improve the care that they provide and to avoid this happening to another patient."
It is very concerning to see these Government figures which indicate that so many cancer patients are not receiving appropriate care. There is an urgent need for further review into resourcing for cancer diagnosis and treatment services, patient safety and care.
The idea that whether you live or die might come down to where you live is deeply troubling, but from our work with cancer patients and their loved ones, we sadly see the impact of failures in diagnosis and treatment all too frequently, which is why are calling for improved and consistent care across the UK.
“We have been instructed to investigate the spinal surgery performed on two patients who have suffered very similar injuries this year when screws appear to have been incorrectly placed, causing extremely serious nerve damage.
“Operations on the spine are obviously very serious and complex but we will be looking into whether more could have been done to avoid the problems these two patients have faced. They have been left with permanent injuries and face a lifetime of extra care and assistance, and one of our clients can no longer get upstairs which has completely changed his life forever.
“Our primary concern is ensuring they get the necessary treatments and support they need to help ease their symptoms and enable them to live as independent a life as possible. We will also be investigating whether anything could have been done to avoid the problems in the first place and whether any lessons can be learned to prevent the same thing happening again.”
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