Clinical Negligence

Shaheen is instructed by the leading firms on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in high value, complex and sensitive clinical negligence matters including catastrophic brain injury and severe obstetric injury claims. Currently instructed in a large number of ongoing cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury claims, for both Claimants and Defendants.

“An excellent advocate. She is very, very effective in court and is fearless on her feet. She’s incredibly impressive.” “She’s firm but fair and completely on top of her cases – she knows them inside out.” (Chambers & Partners 2021)

Always adaptable and understanding of the aims of the client.(Legal 500 2021)

“She has quality in spades.” “Provides very sensible advice.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

‘An excellent advocate who is extremely effective in court.’ (Legal 500 2019-20)

“Very personable and easy to work with. She’s always on top of things; you know you can rely on her.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)

‘She is brilliant tactically, very through and knows her medicine inside out.’ (Legal 500 2017)

“She’s bold and tenacious and she stands her ground.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

“Shaheen is very good with clients. She is a tenacious advocate at court and gets results.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)

“Extremely good with clients and expert professionals alike.” (Legal 500 2014)

“Always strikes the right balance.” (Chambers & Partners 2012)

Selected Cases

  • DS v A Health Trust & A GP [2019-2022]: For Claimant who contracted TB meningitis in prison.
  • JK & SC 7 ors v A surgeon and A private hospital [2018-2022]: Acting for Claimants in ongoing litigation  against surgeon regarding informed consent for rectopexy surgery. Inquest in JK concluded in 2021.
  • JR v A Health Board [2020-2022]: Acting for Defendant in claim for delay in treating epidural abscess leading to tetraplegia.
  • AJ v A Health Trust [2020-2022]: Acting for Defendant in claim for delayed treatment of stroke.
  • JXY [2019-2022]: Liability settlement in cerebral palsy case in child with pre-existing cystic fibrosis for Defendant. Settled at 72.5% of full value.
  • IB & MB v A Health Trust [2018-2022]: Acting for Defendant in ongoing claim concerning failure to diagnose HIV.  Liability compromised 2021.
  • A,B & C v A Heath Trust [2019-2022]: Acting for parents of a child who died of sepsis in ongoing secondary victim claim.
  • KL v A Health Board [2018-2021]: Acting for Defendant in liability settlement in cerebral palsy claim at 40% of full value.
  • KR v A Health Trust [2021]: Settlement of claim concerning factitious disorder for Defendant.
  • TB v A Health Trust [2019-2021]: Acting for Claimant in claim concerning surgical error following Article 2 inquest.
  • RO [2019]: Quantum settlement in cerebral palsy case for Defendant.
  • ZT [2019]: Quantum settlement in cerebral palsy cases for Defendant.
  • JI [2019]: Mediation in fatal adult brain injury case, liability in dispute with alleged failure to diagnose Sub-Arachnoid haemorrhage.
  • CC v An NHSFT [2017]: Instructed for the Defendant in a quantum only matter arising from the failure to diagnose a perineal tear sustained in childbirth. Schedule approaching £3 million with claims for loss of bonus, pension and share options. Negotiated substantial discount at RTM.
  • CE v An NHSFT [2017]: Instructed for parents of an infant who died as a result of a misdiagnosed brain tumour. Liability for estate claim accepted. Claim for mother advanced on a primary victim basis due to her participation in unnecessary treatment causing her psychiatric injury, settled at RTM.
  • Garbutt v DB NHSFT [2017] EWHC 222: Successfully defended the Trust at trial in a fatal claim arising from alleged failure to diagnose constrictive pericarditis.
  • F v S [2017]: Successful settlement of fatal accident claim arising from GP’s failure to recognise complications of the oral contraceptive pill.
  • Spencer v UHMB NHST [2016]: Successfully defended the Trust at trial in a fatal claim arising from the death of an insulin dependent diabetic following discharge from hospital.
  • D v An NHSFT [2016]: Successful settlement of estate and secondary victim claims for the parents of a baby who died as a result of negligent management of labour.
  • RS v A Private Hospital [2015]: Successful settlement of high value estate, dependency and secondary victim claims on behalf of family of mental health patient who took his own life in hospital.
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