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Tom Gibson acts for successful claimant in ‘freak accident’ brain injury case

Tom Gibson acted recently for a claimant, a young high-flying teacher, who suffered a fractured skull and brain injury in a ‘freak’ road traffic accident.  While driving on the A1, a sheet of metal flew through her windscreen and sliced her skull open. Over the next few years, the claimant attempted, courageously but ultimately unsuccessfully, to return to her career as a senior teacher.  However, she eventually came to the very sad realisation that her teaching career – and her ambition to progress to being a headteacher – was over, due to the continuing effects of her brain injury. Tom was instructed by the claimant’s solicitor, Lesley Edwards at Barratts Solicitors, who brought a claim via the MIB’s Untraced Drivers’…

News 31 Aug, 2022

The Spinal Sessions; Cauda Equina Syndrome – Talk 4: A legal update on cauda claim catastrophes – committals for contempt of court!

Outer Temple Chambers hosted a conference on spinal injury, focusing on Cauda Equina Syndrome on Thursday 23rd June 2022. The fourth in a series of five talks was by Tom Gibson, who gave a legal update on cauda equina claim catastrophes. Outer Temple Chambers hosted a series of talks and discussions on spinal injury related topics. These were chaired by Eliot Woolf QC. The webinar was held on Thursday 23rd June 2022. The Spinal Sessions focused on the topic of Cauda Equina Syndrome. The fourth talk of the day was by Outer Temple’s Tom Gibson, who gave a legal update on cauda claim catastrophes. Tom Gibson looks at two case studies with in his presentation; ‘Calderdale and Huddersfield v Metcalf’ and ‘North…

Webinars & Recordings 4 Jul, 2022

“International Clinical Negligence, from Cayman Islands to Cumbria”- Sarah Crowther QC & Tom Gibson at the Travel Law Conference 2022

Sarah Crowther QC and Tom Gibson presented a talk on international clinical negligence at Outer Temple’s Travel Law Conference in Manchester. The video and slides are now available. Outer Temple Chambers hosted a Travel Law Conference in Manchester on 17th March 2022 together with a selection of esteemed guests from the travel law industry. This was a hybrid event and the recordings are now available online. The second talk of the day was “International Clinical Negligence – from the Cayman Islands to Cumbria”, presented by specialist travel law silk Sarah Crowther QC and clinical negligence expert Tom Gibson. International Clinical Negligence – from the Cayman Islands to Cumbria Tom opened the presentation by focusing on an area close to his heart,…

Webinars & Recordings 22 Apr, 2022

Event: The Spinal Sessions Part 1; Cauda Equina Syndrome – 23rd June 2022

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for the first in a series of seminars and discussions on spinal injury related topics on Thursday 23rd June. Part 1 will focus on Cauda Equina Syndrome. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers and our esteemed guests for an afternoon of talks on Cauda Equina Syndrome. As well as a series of talks by our members we look forward to welcoming John Leach (Consultant Neurosurgeon), Dr Naveen Kumar (Consultant in Neurorehabilitation), and Maggie Sargent and Gill Creighton (Care and Case Management Specialists) of Maggie Sargent & Associates. Book your place This event, originally planned as a hybrid event, will now be offered as a virtual event due to the impending national rail…

Events 14 Apr, 2022

Manchester Seminar - Invitation 17.03.22

Event: Join our Travel Law Conference in Manchester on 17th March 2022

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for an afternoon of travel related talks at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel Manchester. This will be a hybrid event, with limited in-person tickets and streamed online. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers and our esteemed guests at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel in Manchester. This event will include a number of topical talks followed by a panel session. Agenda 12.30: In person registration/refreshments for a 1.00 start 1.00 – 1.15: Welcome by Gerard McDermott QC and Ian Denham (Joint Chairs) 1.15 – 2.00: “Litigating RTAs Abroad After Brexit” – Colin Murphy (Leigh Day) and Carin Hunt 2.00 – 2.45: “International Clinical Negligence – from the Cayman Islands to Cumbria” – Sarah Crowther QC…

Events 28 Feb, 2022

Secondary Victim Claims: Tom Gibson comments on Paul v Wolverhampton

The Court of Appeal has now handed down judgment in Paul v Wolverhampton, Polmear v Cornwall and Purchase v Dr Ahmed – three conjoined appeals on the ‘secondary victim’ criteria for psychiatric injury claims in a clinical negligence setting.  Tom Gibson takes a closer look at the implications. While medical negligence practitioners everywhere may have been hoping for clarity in the law, it looks as though the secondary victim claims saga will continue to run.  Though the Court of Appeal decided the appeals, perhaps reluctantly, in favour of the defendants, the Court also encouraged the claimants to appeal to the Supreme Court. All three cases featured claimants who suffered psychiatric injuries resulting from family members’ tragic, sudden deaths following medical…

Legal Blogs 18 Jan, 2022

Tom Gibson acts for successful defendant in secondary victim claim strike out

Tom Gibson acted for the successful defendant in Purchase v Ahmed in striking out the claimant’s ‘secondary victim’ claim for psychiatric injury following the death of her daughter. However, the law on ‘secondary victim’ claims may soon change… The law might develop further in this area soon as the appeal in Paul v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 2893 (QB) is due to be heard this week, on 13-15 May 2020. Tom Gibson of our Clinical Negligence Team has successfully struck out the claimant’s ‘secondary victim’ claim in the case of Purchase v Ahmed (Birmingham County Court, 6 May 2020) and analyses the case and what the future may hold for ‘secondary victim’ claims below. The Facts The defendant,…

News 12 May, 2020

Tom Gibson appears in successful ‘misinformation’ psychiatric injury claim

Tom Gibson represented the successful claimant recently in an unusual ‘misinformation’ psychiatric injury claim. The claimant, a man in his 40s, saw a consultant respiratory physician in clinic at his local hospital, following an x-ray and a CT scan of his chest. The claimant was told, wrongly, that he had “incurable” lung cancer and that he was likely to die within a year. However – as the lung multidisciplinary team meeting had concluded the day before the consultation – the claimant actually needed further investigations in order “to gain a diagnosis”. After the further investigations were done, 2-3 weeks later the claimant was actually diagnosed with a low grade lymphoma – a much less aggressive form of cancer, which carried…

News 4 Dec, 2019

Tom Gibson acts for patient in successful sight loss claim

Tom Gibson acted for a successful claimant who lost the sight in his right eye after a hospital failed to organise proper follow-up care following retinal detachment surgery. The case was reported, before its successful conclusion, by the Daily Telegraph in April 2019 as part of a feature about systemic problems within the NHS [see here]. As that article explained, Mr Dalton was an active 71-year-old at the time of his retinal detachment surgery. He enjoyed extreme sports such as skydiving and climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp. However the loss of sight in his right eye – and with it his 3-dimensional vision – left him unable to go cycling and struggling to pour a cup of tea. In the legal…

News 30 Jul, 2019

Ben Bradley speaks at the PEOPIL Young Lawyers Group Conference

Ben Bradley spoke at the recent Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) Young Lawyers Conference in Manchester, on 29 March 2019. Ben contributed to a lively panel discussion with young lawyers from across Europe, focusing on the interrelationship between criminal proceedings and personal injury law. Outer Temple has close ties with Clifford Law Offices of Chicago, Illinois, with members of Chambers joined at the Conference by US attorney, Jack J. Casciato. Jack presented on aviation claims brought under the Montreal Convention. The Conference, held at the Manchester offices of Irwin Mitchell, was also attended by Outer Temple International Illness and Travel law team members Ian Denham, Dan Clarke, Tom Gibson and Olinga Tahzib together with Business Development Director, Paul…

News 15 Apr, 2019

Tom Gibson appears in successful amputation claim

Tom Gibson appeared recently in a successful (and complicated) amputation claim, brought by a patient against her local hospital and her GPs. In 2008, the claimant (then in her 50s) required surgery at her local hospital to fix a fractured femur. The operation failed, with revision surgery being required just 20 days later. This led to a very long and unfortunate chain of events: four years later, in 2012, the claimant required her sixth knee operation, to attempt to reconstruct her extensor mechanism. After that operation she developed a wound infection. As her GPs failed to refer her back to hospital, she later required five further operations to attempt to eradicate the infection from her knee joint. The infection could…

News 28 Nov, 2018

Tom Gibson appears in successful ‘secondary victim’ psychiatric injury claims

Tom Gibson appeared recently in two successful ‘secondary victim’ psychiatric injury claims brought by the bereaved parents of patients who died in hospital. In the first case, a newborn died shortly after birth, following unsuccessful resuscitation attempts in the operating theatre, after the mother’s labour had been managed negligently. The baby’s father brought a secondary victim psychiatric injury claim. He claimed that he had suffered a depressive adjustment disorder as a result of witnessing his baby’s resuscitation attempts and death. The defendant hospital trust denied, in its defence, that the claimant father was entitled to recover damages for psychiatric injury as a ‘secondary victim’. However the claim was settled successfully, in autumn 2017, after case management directions had been set towards…

News 21 Mar, 2018

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