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Will Young settles clinical negligence claim for £500,000

Will Young settles clinical negligence claim for £500,000

Will Young successfully represented the claimant in a clinical negligence claim for £500,000 arising out of a negligent failure. Will was instructed by the Claimant in a clinical negligence claim arising out of a negligent failure to diagnose Giant Cell Arteritis, leading to virtual blindness in one eye. The Claimant attended hospital complaining of headaches and various other symptoms. The diagnosis of GCA was not adequately considered, with the result that the Claimant was not given appropriate steroid treatment, which would have avoided the subsequent deterioration in her vision. The Claimant, who was retired, suffered significant visual loss (amounting effectively to blindness) in one eye, resulting in a need for care and assistance, as well as accommodation adaptations and equipment.…

News 18 Jun, 2024

Outer Temple's Will Young has recently settled a clinical negligence claim alleging negligent failure on the part of an NHS Trust for a seven-figure sum on the eve before the trial.

Will Young settles clinical negligence claim for seven-figure sum on eve of trial

Outer Temple’s Will Young has recently settled a clinical negligence claim alleging negligent failure on the part of an NHS Trust for a seven-figure sum on the eve of trial. Will was instructed by the Claimant in a clinical negligence claim alleging negligent failure on the part of an NHS Trust to diagnose bowel obstruction, leading to a bowel perforation, and subsequent post-ITU syndrome. The Claimant was a successful businessman, and the claim involved a complex loss of earnings claim, requiring the input of expert Forensic Accountants, and was pleaded just short of £2 million. Attempts to resolve the claim at a joint settlement meeting with the Defendant were unsuccessful, and the case was listed for a 7 day trial…

News 12 Jun, 2024

Outer Temple Chambers sponsors AvMA's 34th Annual Clinical Negligence Conference (ACNC)

Outer Temple Chambers sponsors AvMA’s 34th Annual Clinical Negligence Conference (ACNC)

Outer Temple Chambers is proud to sponsor AvMA’s 34th Annual Clinical Negligence Conference (ACNC) taking place on 21st and 22nd March 2024 at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. The 34th Annual Clinical Negligence Conference (ACNC) is aimed towards clinical negligence specialists where the very best medical and legal experts will give an update on all the key issues, developments and policies in clinical negligence and medical law. The programme this year will have a focus on Obstetrics and Gynaecology whilst also covering many other key medico-legal topics at such an important time for clinical negligence practitioners. As well as providing a top quality, thought-provoking, learning and networking experience, the success of the conference helps AvMA to maintain its position as…

Events, News 11 Mar, 2024

Jonathan Hand KC secures liability settlement for 14 year old born with brain injury

Jonathan Hand KC secures liability settlement for 14 year old born with brain injury

Clinical negligence expert, Jonathan Hand KC secured a liability settlement and future wellbeing for FXZ, a 14 year old boy with brain injury following maternity delays. FXZ, the 14 year old claimant, has agreed a liability settlement with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after he suffered a severe brain injury following delays in his delivery. On 15th January 2024, a High Court Judge approved the settlement of 90% of the full value of the claim at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, meaning that FXZ will now receive compensation from the NHS Trust to provide the life-long, round the clock care he requires. FXZ was born prematurely at 30 weeks. In early labour there were declarations in…

News 23 Jan, 2024

Aliyah Akram Joins Personal Injury Team at Outer Temple Chambers

Aliyah Akram Joins Personal Injury Team at Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome leading personal injury Junior, Aliyah Akram, to the team.  Aliyah Akram has joined the award-winning personal injury team, based in London, further expanding our stable of specialists in travel law, industrial disease, and related group litigation. Aliyah is ranked in Chambers & Partners for her cutting-edge personal injury practice and has a particular specialism in traumatic brain injury claims and fatal accident claims. She has also been involved in some of the largest personal injury group actions ever brought in the UK including against a major asbestos manufacturer and the Ministry of Defence. Her work frequently involves a cross-border element, from asbestos group claims in South Africa to cosmetic tourism claims, which has…

News 15 Jan, 2024

Paul v Wolverhampton: the dramatic end to the secondary victim claims saga

Paul v Wolverhampton: the dramatic end to the secondary victim claims saga

Clinical negligence barrister, Tom Gibson, comments on the dramatic end to the secondary victim claims saga. The Supreme Court has now handed down judgment on three conjoined appeals on the ‘secondary victim’ criteria for psychiatric injury claims in a clinical negligence setting; Paul v Wolverhampton, Polmear v Cornwall and Purchase v Dr Ahmed.  The judgment [2024] UKSC 1 brings the secondary victim claims saga to a dramatic end. The Supreme Court dismissed the Claimants’ three appeals by a 6-1 majority. The judgments (running to 256 paragraphs over 76 pages) are complicated. However, as a very brief summary: There is a crucial difference between ‘accident’ cases and ‘medical crisis’ cases:  The three previous key House of Lords authorities – McLoughlin v Brian, Alcock v…

News 12 Jan, 2024

Matthew Phillips KC and Tom Gibson represent successful claimant in £24m+ birth injury claim

Matthew Phillips KC and Tom Gibson represent successful claimant in £24m+ birth injury claim

Matthew Phillips KC and Tom Gibson represented a successful claimant who received compensation with a capitalised value of over £24million. The claimant suffered from four limb dystonic cerebral palsy as a result of the defendant hospital’s negligence at the time of her birth. The claimant’s family spent almost 9 years pursuing the claim, first establishing a full admission of liability, and then preparing for a quantum trial. The case involved complicated issues surrounding the claimant’s future care and accommodation needs in particular. A settlement, involving a £6,550,000 lump sum plus stepped periodical payments, was agreed after a settlement meeting and less than a month before the quantum trial. While no settlement can change what happened to the claimant, the compensation…

News 29 Nov, 2023

Tom Gibson acts for successful claimant in unusual bowel surgery case

Tom Gibson acts for successful claimant in unusual bowel surgery case

Tom Gibson acted for the successful claimant in an unusual bowel surgery case – where the largest claim was for increased food costs for life.  The claimant was aged 13, in Year 8 at secondary school, when his local hospital failed to diagnose a volvulus, or twisted small bowel. The delay in diagnosis and in operating led to the tissue death and loss of most of his small bowel. He was left with 30cm of small bowel, compared to the average of around 600cm. With competent treatment, and timely surgery, his bowel loss would have been avoided completely. The claimant and his parents spent years building his case – including getting expert evidence from 7 different fields. While the claimant…

News 13 Nov, 2023

Lorna Badham

Lorna Badham Joins Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome leading clinical negligence and personal injury Junior, Lorna Badham, to the team.  Lorna Badham joins the team in London, bringing with her a wealth of experience in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. Lorna is ranked as a Tier 1 barrister by Legal 500 UK for her personal injury work, describing her as “adept at running difficult cases and doing so with compassion [and is] commercially and tactically intelligent.” She has particular specialisms in international illness and accidents and cosmetic negligence claims, and will also be working with the increasingly sought-after Travel Law team. She has been instructed in claims arising out of accidents on planes, cruise ships, oil rigs, luxury and/or…

News 24 Oct, 2023

Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens successfully secure dismissal of Contempt proceedings

Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens successfully secure dismissal of Contempt proceedings

Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens have secured the dismissal of Contempt Proceedings arising out of the widely reported case of Muyepa v Ministry of Defence [2022] EWHC 2648 (KB). Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens, instructed by Marc Livingston, Simon Barker and Catriona Virden of Janes Solicitors, have secured the dismissal of Contempt Proceedings brought against their clients, Brian and Racheal Muyepa. The Proceedings, which arose out of Mr. Muyepa’s record £3.7m claim for non-freezing cold injuries against the Ministry of Defence, will now not proceed to trial, meaning that Mr. and Mrs. Muyepa will not be found guilty of Contempt of Court and will not face the prospect of being committed to prison for Contempt of Court. Find out more…

News 12 Oct, 2023

Nathan Tavares KC to speak at the APIL Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2023

Nathan Tavares KC to speak at the APIL Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2023

Nathan Tavares KC will be speaking at the APIL Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2023 taking place between 27th – 29th September at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Nathan Tavares KC of Outer Temple Chambers, also a member of the JPIL Editorial Board will be speaking alongside JPIL colleagues at the annual APIL Clinical Negligence Conference 2023 on the ‘JPIL Case and Comment’ segment on the first day of the conference. The Conference will be held in Brighton at the Hilton Metropole and will be a hybrid event. The APIL conference has been taking place for two decades and this 21st event will see medical consultants, expert witnesses, and leading practitioners come together to provide valuable specialist insight into clinical negligence cases…

Events 12 Sep, 2023

High Court approves settlement of £23 million in birth injury claim

High Court approves settlement of £23 million in birth injury claim

Jonathan Hand KC, instructed by Matthew Heap of CL Medilaw, represented the Claimant who suffered severe brain damage at the time of his birth. In this case liability had already been admitted because of failings in the clinical care during his mother’s labour, leaving the amount of compensation to be decided by the Court. The parties agreed a settlement with a capital value of about £23 million which was approved in the High Court on 11 July. The settlement was structured to allow the Claimant to receive periodical payments for care and case management for his lifetime. Payments of £112,500 pa were ordered up to age 19, with the annual amount increasing to £235,000 pa thereafter for the remainder of…

News 18 Jul, 2023

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