Areas of expertise / specialisation
Katie works in all areas of clinical negligence however she has specific experience of dealing with claims involving orthopaedic injuries, delays in diagnosis of cancer, obstetric cases and misdiagnosis of symptoms.
Katie also has experience of dealing with a number of cases concerning the failure to obtain informed consent. This can include the failure to obtain consent to an elective procedure in the private sector or an operation performed on the NHS.
Katie also has a significant caseload of claims concerning Ophthalmic treatment and more specifically patients who have suffered an injury as a result of laser eye surgery or refractive lens exchange. These cases include elective and non-elective surgery. She is also currently assisting in the team who represent a significant number of people who have been affected by a defect in the Intraocular lens they had inserted into their eyes. The Claims are being brought against the manufacturer of the lenses Oculentis.
Katie is mentioned in the Legal 500.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Katie thoroughly enjoys helping people who have been affected by medical negligence. She finds it extremely rewarding to try and help clients get their lives back on track when they have been affected by an injury. She appreciates that bringing a claim can be very stressful and emotional for her clients and she does all she can to guide them through the process and absolve them of as much stress as possible.
Katie ran a complex and heavily defended claim concerning the negligent failure to diagnose a drain infection following a successful kidney transplant. The client developed sepsis and was left with permanent nerve damage to her leg leaving her unable to work. The client also developed PTSD. A few weeks before trial the claim was settled for the sum of £300,000 at a Roundtable meeting with the Defendant.
Katie assisted a client in a claim concerning the delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer. By the time the diagnosis was made the cancer was terminal. As a result of the delay in diagnosis, the patient required extensive surgery, multiple procedures and had to undergo aggressive treatment. Unfortunately, the patient passed away during the claim. This left his partner to run the claim. The couple were not married which made the claim legally complex however Katie obtained a substantial amount of compensation as recognition of the patient’s pain and suffering and the extensive amount of care provided by the client over several years.
Katie assisted a senior solicitor, acting for the claimant, in a claim against an individual GP that proceeded to trial in the High Court of Justice. At trial, the claimant was successful and obtained a substantial payment of compensation of nearly half a million pounds as he was not able to return to work due to the negligent treatment.
Katie assisted a senior solicitor in obtaining an innovative Provisional Damages award for a client who was at risk of suffering future deterioration in their sight and possible blindness. The award was very favourable to the claimant and allowed them to return to court in the future should their vision deteriorate or they suffer further injury related to the negligent treatment.
Katie represents a significant number of clients who are bringing claims against the manufacturer of a lens which is said to be faulty and causing visual loss.