I qualified in 1992 and joined HJA in March 2015. I specialise in clinical negligence claims and have a wide range of experience from birth-related injuries to mother and child, brain damage following surgery (for example late removal of untreated tumours) and other cases involving disablement or life-limiting injuries to orthopaedic negligence claims (hip/knee replacements), cosmetic and dental surgery claims. I have also dealt with fatal cases involving significant dependency claims.
I adopt a holistic approach to the claims, helping victims cope immediately following injury/incident by assisting with any necessary treatment or financial needs, by applying for interim payments at the earliest opportunity, whilst striving to achieve a comprehensive overall settlement which can take time to resolve.
Previously, I worked for Sternberg Reed, where I was a partner for 12 years.
1988 Law Society Finals, Manchester Metropolitan University
1984-1987 LLB Law Degree, Queen Mary College London University
2015 – present – Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen
2002-2015 – Partner, Sternberg Reed
1999-2002 – Solicitor, Kennedys
1993-1999 – Associate Solicitor, Edwards Duthie
Dec 1992 – Admitted as a solicitor
I obtained a substantial out of court settlement for the family of a 32 year old pregnant Portuguese woman who died after 2 junior surgeons operated unsupervised to remove an inflamed appendix but removed a healthy ovary by mistake.The error was discovered by histopathology but not reported properly to those treating her so she developed septicemia and died 2 weeks later. At the Inquest the Coroner found that “a window of opportunity was missed” to operate again and save her. Investigations into fitness to practice by the General Medical Council resulted in some of the doctors involved being given restrictions on their practice. She leaves a widower and 2 sons and a daughter of school-age.
I represented a woman who underwent a procedure called microvascular decompression to alleviate symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia (severe and sharp shooting facial pains). The surgeon performing the operation, however, damaged the trigeminal nerve with an implement (bipolar diathermy) leaving her with a worse and even more disabling condition called anaesthesia dolorosa which required deep brain stimulation treatment. This treatment involved the insertion of electrodes to the brain connected to a subcutaneous pacemaker-type device in her chest to control the pain, something with which she has been left for life.
At trial, I succeeded in a claim for a man who had a scan which detected a small benign brain tumour but, the plan to monitor the tumour by successive scanning each year failed (no follow up was done because his records had been lost). Almost 10 years later when he became forgetful, confused and suffering from sight problems, he was scanned again but by then the tumour had grown significantly and, although it was then removed, he suffered brain damage owing to the size and location of the growth near the brain stem. After 2/3 years in a nursing home, he passed away.
I obtained a settlement for a man who had a large cancerous growth (malignant melanoma) on his lower leg which went undetected and untreated for several years resulting in deep and extensive removal of the skin tissue requiring significant skin grafting from another part of his body.
The claim of a middle-aged man who underwent a cosmetic eye-lift operation (blepheroplasty) by a Belgian surgeon who was not properly advised as to the risks and likely outcome of the surgery and was left with scarring, asymmetric eyelids which drooped (a condition called ptosis) and a severe psychiatric trauma as a result.
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel.
Family primarily, but when time allows music, comedy and long distance running.
Following the guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic surgery issued by the General Medical Counsel (GMC) in April this year, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has now issued some very helpful practical guidance for patients, surely long overdue! You may have seen that this was featured on BBC1 today.
Although it is right that a doctor is entitled to prefer one of alternative approaches to delivery of a baby and to advise a mother of their preference and why, the choice should always be the mother’s and not the doctor’s.This was stated by Assistant Coroner Bridget Dolan in the Inquest into the death of Leilani Chute which concluded on 30 June 2016.