Clinical Negligence

Sarah is a highly regarded specialist in clinical negligence. Experienced across the board in all types of medical claims, she now increasingly focuses on highly complex neurological brain injury, spinal, amputation and obstetric injury claims, including twins, and wrongful birth cases, acting both for Claimants and Defendants.   Noted for her empathy, she also has a significant caseload of fatal cases, particularly those arising out of delayed cancer diagnoses, cases of suicide by mental health patients, and secondary victim claims.

Selected Cases

Claimants

  • AB (a child) v B and T University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2020: settlement in excess of £9 million achieved for a child suffering from 4 limb dystonic cerebral palsy and delay as a result of mismanagement of an endotracheal tube when he was 8 weeks old.
  • LXK (A child, by her Mother and Litigation Friend, DXR) v NEL NHS Foundation Trust 2020: £2 million settlement achieved for a child Claimant in respect of late diagnosis of congenital hip dysplasia.
  • CJ (A protected party) v B and T University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2020: £1 million settlement achieved for older female claimant who had suffered a stroke due to a failure to anticoagulate.
  • EN (a child) v S University Hospital NHS Trust 2020: successful settlement achieved in an obstetric claim acting for a girl twin born with compromised kidney function.
  • KH (A protected party, by his Father and Litigation Friend) v NG Hospital NHS Trust 2020: (ongoing) very high value claim re delay in the diagnosis and treatment of the Claimant’s developmental dysplasia of the left hip. Claimant has unrelated global developmental delay.
  • XX  v X University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2020: (ongoing) wrongful birth claim acting for a mother making a claim in respect of the birth of her daughter with Downs Syndrome.
  • OG (a child) v M E Hospital Services NHS Trust 2020: (ongoing) obstetric claim acting for a boy twin born with profound neurological injury.
  • CW v M NHS Foundation Trust 2020: (ongoing) claim for an adult female claimant in respect of aortic occlusion leading to bilateral below knee amputations and ischaemic cord damage in the claimant’s mid 40s.
  • JB (a child) v C University H NHS Foundation Trust 2020: (ongoing) infant claim for a boy with hypoxic ischaemic birth injury Grade II hie microcephalic, 4 limb cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, blindness, hip dysplasia and epilepsy.
  • GP v GOSH NHS Foundation Trust 2019: 7 figure settlement achieved for an adult cerebral palsy sufferer in respect of surgical negligence suffered at the age of 12.  Complex arguments in respect of co-morbidities and existing needs.
  • A v B and C F Hospitals NHS Trust 2019: fatal claim with 7 figure settlement achieved on behalf of a widower and 2 young children following a maternal sepsis death.
  • JP v B and T University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2019: £1.6 million settlement achieved for an older female claimant who suffered spinal epidural abscess leading to paraplegia.
  • MN (a child) v N Hospital NHS Trust 2019: successful settlement for a child claimant in respect of severe neurological injury and deafness suffered as a result of negligent failure to diagnose pneumococcal meningitis and haemolytic uraemic syndrome.
  • AR v RB NHS Foundation Trust 2018: very hard fought spinal injury claim in respect of tetraplegia suffered following a fall from a chair in hospital.  Limited life expectancy claim with a £4.2 million settlement achieved.
  • GM (a child) v B H & R U H NHS Trust 2018: achieved a £15 million settlement on behalf of a profoundly neurologically injured child with a limited life expectancy.

Defendants

  • JR v GP 1, GP 2 and BC University Health Board 2020: achieved discontinuance against defendant in high value vascular case, (amputation).
  • CG v RW NHS Trust 2020: achieved advantageous settlement in a claim arising out of a failure to treat paranasal sinus infection in a teenager, leaving him with significant brain damage and personality change.
  • SP and HP v UHB NHS Foundation Trust 2020: (ongoing) acting for defendant in obstetric claim arising out of the delivery of twins.
  • TC v UHB NHS Foundation Trust 2020: (ongoing) acting for defendant in neurosurgical claim arising out of alleged delay in undertaking spinal decompressive surgery.
  • SP (a child) v B W&C C Hospital and R W NHS Trust 2020: (ongoing) acting for the defendants in a complex neurological claim concerning focal brain injury from evolving and untreated hydrocephalus.
  • TR v P A Hospitals NHS Trust 2020: (ongoing) acting for the defendant in respect of a claim by a child suffering profound neurological injury from neonatal herpes encephalitis.
  • MS v H & District NHS Foundation Trust 2020: (ongoing) acting for the defendant in a wrongful birth claim arising out of the birth of the female infant with phocomelia.
  • PH v NB NHS Trust 2020: (ongoing) acting for the defendant in a claim for loss of vision in a young mother.
  • XX v S NHS Foundation Trust 2020: (ongoing) defending a £10+million obstetric claim in respect of a child born with acute profound injury without labour.
  • SS v U H B NHS Foundation Trust 2019: acted for the defendant in a high value neurosurgical claim (back) in respect of incomplete paraplegia arising non negligently. Informed consent case. Successful settlement achieved.
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