Helen dedicates much of her time to her busy clinical negligence practice. She is frequently instructed to advise on merits, evidence and quantum at various stages of claims.
Helen is currently instructed as both sole counsel and junior counsel on a number of high value clinical negligence cases which involve life changing brain injuries. She also has particular experience in obstetric and gynaecological cases, psychiatric cases and delayed diagnosis cases in both cancer and orthopaedic contexts.
She is well versed in dealing with complicated issues surrounding breach, causation and evidence and is confident and experienced in approaching such issues head on with experts in conference.
Notable Clinical Negligence cases
PD v EL
fatal clinical negligence case which arose out of a tragic and fatal killing of a young man by stabbing whilst an inpatient at a mental health institution. The claim was brought by his widow on behalf of her and her daughter. Helen drafted pleadings, advised in writing and in conference and ultimately settled the case after a JSM, counsel to counsel discussions and approval hearing.
RW v X & Y
fatal clinical negligence case arising out of delayed diagnosis of bowel cancer. The case involved complex issues of causation. The claim was brought on behalf of several dependants including children and grand children and care evidence was obtained in order to particularise the services dependency claim.
IM v X
case involving serious injury to a superficial peroneal nerve during surgery to fix an ankle fracture. Causation was complex and required input from a peripheral nerve expert and chronic pain expert. Settled after a JSM.
SS v X
case arising out of a serious bowel injury during a robotic laparoscopic hysterectomy. There was a delay in recognising the injury post-surgery which led to the Claimant developing peritonitis, sepsis and an entero-cutaneous fistula. This led to the Claimant developing a serious acute kidney injury which required renal replacement therapy and invasive catheterisation dialysis. Causation was complex and expert evidence was obtained from an anaesthetist, nephrologist, gynaecologist and general surgeon. The matter settled for a six figure sum post issue of court proceedings.