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Clinical Negligence and Serious Complex Personal Injury – Preston
I joined the firm almost 20 years ago and have worked almost exclusively in Serious Injury Law and Clinical Negligence during this time. During my time at Birchall Blackburn I have headed a number of Departments and been responsible for securing significant damages for vulnerable clients following surgical errors, involving Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ureteric and bladder injuries, complex spinal injuries involving Dural tears and CSF leakages, cauda equina syndrome, and patients effected with compartment syndrome following crush injuries.
Many of my clients have been left with serious Nerve Damage and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS. I have an interest in Orthopaedics and have dealt with a number of cases involving negligent hip and knee replacement surgery and product liability due to device failures.
A number of my clients are protected beneficiaries due to the extent of their injuries, usually following significant head injuries and polytrauma’s. I work closely with our Private Client department to ensure Deputy’s are appointed where necessary to assist the Claimant and their families through the litigation process and The Court of Protection.
In the past I have successfully recovered significant Provisional Damage Awards for injured Claimants and amputee’s, recovering significant damages for the purchase of suitable properties, prosthetic limbs, aids, adaptations, past and future losses, treatment and care claims.
I am particularly interested in accident and injury prevention which lead to me studying for an Occupational Safety and Health qualification, to degree standard. I am proficient in Risk Assessment, both pre and post incident. I have been instructed in a number of Inquests to protect the interests of family members who have lost relatives due to alleged surgical errors and inadequate risk assessments, particularly involving elderly patients and assessing falls risk.
Qualifications and professional achievements: BA (Hons) Law, DipLLP, DipOSH (British Safety Council. A member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
How did you end up working for a law firm? I enjoyed debate at school and was a member of the debating club. I became very versed at holding a good argument, as I became older my family knew I was destined for a career as a lawyer.
Unusual fact: I love operating heavy plant and machinery.