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I am an Associate in Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham office, specialising in a range of medical negligence claims. I've worked within the team since 2008.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and I have a wide range of experience in assisting clients who have suffered injuries or who have sadly lost loved ones as a result of avoidable errors in their medical treatment received on the NHS or privately.
I have particular expertise in dealing with fatal claims, and have assisted several families with the Inquest process. I am currently responsible for a varied caseload of complex clinical negligence claims. I have a wealth of experience dealing with general surgery claims, including; bile duct injures following gallbladder surgery, delay in diagnosis of appendicitis leading to rupture and bowel damage caused during surgery.
Medical negligence claims can often be very high profile and clients often wish to share their stories with the press to raise awareness. I have provided legal comment to the BBC, ITV, Sky TV, Channel 5 news teams and also to local and national newspapers. It is of great importance to me that clients feel their stories are heard to help ensure that errors in medical care are not repeated.
"Thank you so much for all your help with this claim. Words cannot really say how extremely grateful and thankful I am for all the work that you have done on our behalf. I know that my mum is overwhelmed with the support you have given her and I will say on her behalf, thank you for being our champion." – Client
"Thomas was very highly recommended to me when I made the very difficult decision to sue my husband’s GP following the former’s death in horrible circumstances. Over the last three and a half years, there have been some painful and frustrating times. Through it all, Thomas has proved to be the ideal solicitor to have on your side. His calm, professional and extremely knowledgeable attitude has allowed me to feel informed and to make decisions that have often felt overwhelming. I now have a settlement and can move forward – I know I could not have done this without Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Riis-Bristow in particular." – Mary P
"Thomas Riis-Bristow has been fantastic throughout my case. I have been a client of Tom’s for several years and I can truly say he is professional, knowledgeable but extremely friendly which has been invaluable to me during two traumatic events. He has taken his time to explain each and every step, sometimes several times, showing patience and empathy throughout. Tom is a top solicitor and a top guy!" – Esther W
"After 8 years of working with Irwin Mitchell and my personal solicitor, Thomas Riis-Bristow, our relationship has become a friendship. I have always felt that Tom had mine, my wife and my son's best interests at heart. I truly believe we would not have got the result we did if I had not had Irwin Mitchell by my side." – Darren M
I have always been fascinated by the way in which the law underpins everything we do and is designed to protect our rights. Following my pre-and post-graduate studies, I wanted to work within medical law to ensure clients who have often suffered life changing injuries get the justice they deserve.
I find great satisfaction in helping clients who have suffered injuries or have lost a loved one make sense of what is often a very complex and traumatic experience. I am driven by helping clients move forward with their lives as best possible and ensuring they obtain the rehabilitation they require.
I find it very rewarding when clients are satisfied that they have completed the legal process and are able to move forward knowing they have obtained justice.
I have been lucky enough to have worked the entirety of my formal legal career at Irwin Mitchell, from being a legal assistant to becoming a qualified solicitor. I feel that the firm represents all of the core values that are important to me. The level of knowledge and expertise we offer makes me feel secure that our clients are receiving the very best legal advice and overall service.
I am a keen road cyclist and can be found most weekends out on a long ride. I also enjoy spending time with family and cooking is a great passion of mine. I also enjoy entering charity challenge events and charity work generally.
“Whilst many people with brain injuries may be perceived by others to show no outward signs of any injury, like Darren, there are often multiple hidden consequences for the individual who is living with their brain injury. Things such as memory loss and aggression mean that the individual often needs more time to think or deal with these symptoms. Every day normal tasks can often take more time and require patience. Having to deal with issues like this can be exhausting for those trying to cope with the daily impact of their brain injuries.
“While Darren continues to make great progress through his rehabilitation he and his family will continue to face major challenges because of his injuries. Darren and his family are keen to share his story so that others don’t suffer in silence and awareness is raised.
“We join Darren in supporting Action for Brain Injury Week. The campaign is incredibly important in raising awareness on how fatigue can often be a misunderstood consequence of brain injury and how its impact on people living with brain injury should be better understood.”
“This is a truly devastating case which highlights the huge consequences that even the most basic failings in care can have.
“While nothing will ever change what has happened, we are pleased to have at least helped our clients to gain justice regarding their loss and the unacceptable errors which led to it.
“This case must be a reminder to the NHS of the need for test results to always be thoroughly examined and reported correctly – the issues seen here simply should not be allowed to happen again.”
If Darren’s aneurysm had been detected as it should have been during his annual MRI re-licensing scan, the BBBoC would have immediately and indefinitely suspended his professional boxing licence and an appropriate medical plan could have been put in place to treat the aneurysm before it got to a more dangerous stage.
“Darren would certainly not have sparred and so he would not have suffered his traumatic brain haemorrhage, two subsequent invasive open brain surgeries and would not have suffered the permanent brain injury he lives with today. He should never have been allowed back in the ring, but was sadly let down by shortcomings in InHealth’s professional boxers’ MRI protocol.
“We welcome the admission of liability and hope that this settlement helps Darren and his family cope with the permanent impact his injuries have on them in the best way they can.”
Denise’s family has suffered unimaginable loss and a great deal of stress and anger for more than four years as they sought answers from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust regarding her death.
“Denise was tragically let down by the Trust when she was at her most vulnerable, with devastating consequences. Sadly, her family now has to go on without Denise and the only positive they take from the conclusion of the legal case is that they have pursued the matter to the full extent that the law will allow.”
“The Trust was the first ever Mental Health Trust placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission in October 2014 as it was deemed to be providing an ‘Inadequate’ standard of care. Despite this request to improve, the Davies family were stunned to learn that the Trust was placed into special measures for a second time in October 2017.
“While nothing can make up for Denise’s death, the Trust’s admission and apology fully vindicates the family’s four year quest for answers. The family feels they have honoured Denise’s memory in legally establishing the Trust failed her when she needed it most”.
“However, they are shocked that, despite the Trust saying it has learned lessons from her death, the number of unexpected deaths at the Trust has continued to rise. It is vital that this failing Trust urgently improves and puts measures in place to ensure other families have to suffer the heartache that Mark and his family have.”
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