Clinical Negligence

Rory specialises in cases involving clinical negligence and is regularly instructed on behalf of Claimants.

He regularly lectures on a variety of aspects of clinical negligence, including, most recently, on causation and consent.

In addition to his civil practice he is frequently instructed to attend inquests in which clinical negligence is suspected.

His expertise in claims ranges from:

  • failure to diagnose tendon injury resulting in permanent disability,
  • delayed diagnosis of appendicitis,
  • negligently preformed shoulder/ hip / knee surgery,
  • failure to obtain informed consent,
  • substandard dental care;
  • pressure sores;

to claims involving deaths attributed to:

  • delayed diagnosis of cancer;
  • delayed diagnosis of sepsis;
  • administration of inappropriate antibiotic prophylaxis;
  • negligent midwifery / paediatric and / or neonatal care;
  • the administration of unindicated drugs;
  • delayed treatment / failure to follow clinical pathways.

Before starting in practice at the Bar Rory spent a year as a paralegal in the Clinical Negligence Department at Leigh Day  solicitors, following which he became a tenant at 12KBW.

Selected Cases

  • £900,000 on behalf of a teenager whose infected hip joint was not diagnosed resulting in premature hip replacement.
  • £600,000 on behalf of a woman who sustained significant muscle necrosis and neurological damage, resulting in impaired sensation and neuropathic pain and the loss of most of the muscle of her lower leg
  • £420,000 on behalf of the family of a woman who died following delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer.
  • £125,000 on behalf of the wife of a man who died following a negligent delay in conducting laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
  • £87,500 on behalf of a woman who suffered complications following a bilateral oophorectomy.
  • £55,000 on behalf of a mother for psychiatric injury caused as a result of the death of her newborn baby following negligent obstetric and neonatal care.
  • £50,000 on behalf of a man who underwent negligently performed hip replacement surgery.
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