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Specialist clinical negligence solicitors

An injury caused by medical or clinical negligence can have a serious impact on your life and the life of your family. The last thing you expect when visiting your hospital or health practice is to suffer an injury, misdiagnosis or mistake. If you are given negligent medical treatment by a doctor or health professional, you have the right to recompense.

Compensation could include replacing your lost earnings, or providing care or additional medical treatment. If the worst does happen, you’ll want to confide in an expert you can trust. You can rely on us to provide the support and advice you need at a very difficult time. We understand that every case is different and we have been successful in working with many clients in various circumstances to bring them the maximum compensation they deserve.

Clinical negligence legal advice and services

Why choose us?

Our specialists work exclusively in this field, having developed vast knowledge and experience in clinical negligence claims.

This means we can handle your claim in a sensitive manner, providing tailored legal advice to suit your specific needs. We will work tirelessly to provide you with the compensation you deserve to allow your life, and that of your family, to be as comfortable as possible.

  • Our experienced team have advised clients on clinical negligence claims for over 20 years and we have a national reputation and have many successful claims every year
  • You will find our clinical negligence lawyers friendly, sympathetic and approachable
  • You can choose the best way to fund your claim, including insurance and conditional fee arrangements (“no win – no fee”)
  • Our caring, considerate lawyers will listen to your needs and explain the process in plain English
  • Lawyers accredited by the Law Society as clinical negligence specialists
  • Members of the Action against Medical Accidents Panel (AvMA)
  • Members of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
  • Members of the Brain Injury Group – a specialist network of brain injury solicitors and support services for brain injury survivors and their families

Over the years we have dealt with a wide range of medical negligence claims specialising in birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, and in spinal or brain injuries, including cauda equina. Should you need assistance with inquests and claims, where someone has died as a result of substandard medical care, we can also help. Follow our clinical negligence blog here to find out more about us and the work we do.

 

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Meet the team

Clinical Negligence Lawyers


Carolyn Lowe

Carolyn Lowe
Partner

0186 578 1019

Karen Reynolds

Karen Reynolds
Partner

0345 272 5677

Jane Williams

Jane Williams
Partner

0345 272 5724

Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell
Director

0186 578 1140

Siobhan Genever

Siobhan Genever
Director

0345 030 5774

Paul Balen

Paul Balen
Consultant

0345 050 3289

Gemma Bedford

Gemma Bedford
Managing Associate

0345 050 3282

Lynne Foster

Lynne Foster
Managing Associate

0186 578 1010

Jessica Atkin

Jessica Atkin
Senior Associate

0345 050 3276

Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper
Senior Associate

0345 274 6830

Adrian Denton

Adrian Denton
Senior Associate

0345 166 6258

Lucy Habgood

Lucy Habgood
Senior Associate

0186 578 1093

Naomi Soloman

Naomi Solomon
Senior Associate

0345 030 5742

Katy Barnett - Clinical Negligence Lawyer

Katy Barnett
Associate

0345 271 6766

Katie Shaw
Associate

0186 578 1009

Phillip McGough

Phillip McGough
Executive

0345 050 3290

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Testimonials

"Freeths has a great clinical negligence pedigree. Their lawyers are pragmatic and sensible. They rarely pursue weak cases/or argue weak points. They are forward-thinking and ready to embrace new ideas to explore novel ways to resolve claims. They are confident in their assessment of liability and quantum such that they will discuss resolution of cases at an early stage, rather than painting by numbers."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"Overall I like Freeths so much, and despite knowing a huge number of other law firms, I have chosen them to act for my own personal affairs – I hope that there can be no greater endorsement! An excellent legal firm."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

“It's an excellent legal team with partners who are clearly very supportive of their junior staff. The firm is very outward-looking, supportive and responsive.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

“Freeths provide a first-class service.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

“Freeths are excellent - they're very thorough and go above and beyond for their client needs.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

“They handle complex and difficult matters with professionalism and clarity, keeping communication at the fore to ensure all the role players are on board.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

"The firm is exceptionally professional and I felt that from day one. I was introduced to the firm via word of mouth. From my first conversation with them I felt at ease and like someone was listening and taking me seriously. During lockdown they continued to maintain a high level of professionalism."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Excellent communication and real focus on the client in all the comings and goings of a case. The size of the firm has huge advantages and the breadth of skill has allowed for other colleagues from separate disciplines to be pulled in to support with ease and professionalism. Fluid, appropriate and cohesive "

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Their knowledge and understanding are second to none. They dealt with requests and were very clear in their communication.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

"Overall an excellent clinical negligence department. Give a sense of confidence and expertise to both their clients and the expert witnesses that they instruct. Case management is very well organised and competent."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

Notable Work
  • Settlement of more than £5m on behalf of a 12 year old girl who suffered profound brain injuries due to lack of oxygen at birth. She was awarded a lump sum of compensation of £2.3 million, and then an annual sum of £120,000 up to age 19 and £175,500 thereafter for life to pay for costs of providing care.
  • Compensation of £550,000 recovered for the family of a man who suffered a devastating stroke due to a basic nursing error, which occurred during the removal of a central line following an operation. The patient survived for 3 years but required round the clock care from his wife and a team of carers.
  • Delay in diagnosing and managing anastomotic leak. This is after major bowel surgery. The client developed necrotizing fasciitis. Settled for £180,000.
  • Delay in diagnosing and treating Cauda Equina Syndrome. Settled for £230,000.
  • Failure to appropriately manage CSF leak after brain tumour surgery. Settled for £728,000.
  • Claim involving a patient who went in for what should have been a straightforward operation to remove an ovarian cyst. The surgeon mistakenly removed both ovaries. As a result the patient was unable to have children. Compensation of £80,000 was recovered.
  • Negligent Spinal Surgery: The negligent surgery resulted in damage to the Claimant’s L5 nerve and amputation of the affected leg. As a result the Claimant was confined to a wheelchair and has ongoing significant difficulties. The Claimant was unable to continue working as a result of the negligence and required adapted accommodation and care.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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