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, stillbirths and infant deaths, TVT/mesh claims, claims arising from death in custody/detention, delayed diagnosis of cancer and nervous shock claims.

She is often instructed in cases concerning catastrophic brain and birth injuries where liability and quantum are in dispute and in claims involving the use of surgical mesh leading to serious complications.

“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

  • KL v A Health Board [2018-2020]: Acting for Defendant in liability settlement in cerebral palsy claim at 40% of full value. Quantum trial in 2020.
  • IB & MB v A Health Trust [2018-2020]: Acting for Defendant in ongoing claim concerning failure to diagnose HIV.
  • A,B & C v A Heath Trust [2019-2020]: Acting for parents of a child who died of sepsis in secondary victim claim.
  • TB v A Health Trust [2019-2020]: Acting for Claimant in ongoing claim arising from surgical error following Article 2 inquest.
  • JK & SC v A surgeon and A private hospital [2018-2020]: Acting for Claimants in ongoing litigation against surgeon regarding informed consent for rectopexy surgery.
  • 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.
  • JXY [2019]: Liability settlement in cerebral palsy case in child with pre-existing cystic fibrosis for Defendant.  Settled at 72.5% of full value.
  • 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.
  • AP v An NHSFT [2014]: For family of a patient who took his own life in a mental health unit. HRA and estate claim settled.
  • Fellows v DG NHSFT [2013]: Successfully defended the Trust in a claim for PTSD by a patient who self- delivered her child whilst waiting to be taken to the labour room. Claim withdrawn on first day of trial.
  • BP v SLM NHSFT [2012]: For the partner of a woman who absconded from an acute mental health unit and took her own life. Following the inquest the HRA, estate and dependency claims were successfully settled.
  • G v CNWL MNHST [2008] MHLR 24: Successfully defended the Trust at trial in case alleging negligence in the decision to grant unescorted leave to a mental health patient who attempted to take her own life.
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