Clinical Negligence

Selected Cases

  • Choppin v Brighton & Hove City Teaching NHS PCT & Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust: failure to control bilateral hip infections. The claim settled in 2016 for a substantial six-figure sum.
  • Ashley Watkins v North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Trust: failure by midwives to manage shoulder dystocia. The claim settled in 2016 for well over £1 million.
  • BM v UCLH NHS Trust: acted for the Defendant in this quantum-only case where the claimant was left in a persistent vegetative state. After protracted negotiations, the case settled in 2016.
  • Grimshaw v County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust: acted for the claimant who, as a result of the admitted negligence was left with severe injuries, including chronic pain, a permanent stoma and loss of mobility. The case settled in 2016 for a substantial six-figure sum together with PPOs.
  • Scott v Bournemouth NHS Trust: For the Claimant; brain damage as a result of allegedly mismanaged delivery. Settled for a large retained sum together with PPOs.
  • Pendreich v James Paget etc NHS Trust: on behalf of the hospital, in a high value brain injury case, involving an alleged failure to treat high blood pressure.
  • Lindsay v Fewster, Blackpool CC: successful defence of a surgeon re cauda equina.
  • Fielding v Rosbottom, Manchester CC: successful defence of a GP; alleged failure to diagnose congenital dislocation of the hip.
  • Yates v Poole Hospital NHS Trust: for the Claimant; brain damage allegedly caused by a negligent forceps delivery. Settled for a retained sum of £1.5 million together with PPOs.
  • Willis v East & North Herts: Brain damage resulting from failure to diagnose PKU. (settled for undisclosed sum.)
  • Brown v Sandeman: catastrophic damage due to alleged failure to diagnose a post operative spinal haemiorrhage. Settled for £4.5 million.
  • Birch v University College London Hospital [2008] EWHC 2237 (QBD) Cranston J: consent, and the failure to advise of the relative merits of two alternative procedures.
  • Wright v Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals QBD: £1.9 million award for catastrophic injury, together with PPO.
  • Rowley v Laing, HHJ Grenfell, Leeds CC, Unreported: damages for undiagnosed cauda equine syndrome, against a background of inevitable damage.
  • Warrilow v Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals NHS Trust [2006] EWHC 801 (QB) QBD (Langstaff J): the effect of exaggeration in a claim for personal injuries.
  • Fenech v East London & City HA (1999) CA [2000] Lloyd’s Rep Med 35: ‘Date of knowledge’ in clinical negligence claims.
  • Steele v Mooney & Ors [2005] EWCA CIV 96, CA: drafting errors and CPR 7.6(2) and the slip rule.)
  • Talbot v Berkshire CC [1984] QBD 290 [1993] 3 WLR 708 : (1993) 4 All ER 9 : (1993) RTR 406 : (1993) PIQR P319 : (1993) 157 LG Rev 1004 : (1993) 143 NLJ 402 : Times, March 23, 1993. Action estoppel.
  • Napier v UNUM [1999] 7 Med LR 349, QBD (Tuckey J): permanent health insurance.
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