Settlement during liability trial achieved for client with delayed treatment for spinal abscess
20 February 2019
Amy advises on a diverse range of clinical negligence cases that have left her clients suffering from life-altering injuries. Although not limited to these, she predominately deals with spinal, brain and birth injury claims resulting from varying acts or omissions from negligence in health care settings.
Amy has successfully acted in a multi-defendant claim in a 10-day trial at the High Court in which the claimant received private and NHS treatment from seven different parties. The case was referred to by Christopher Limb, senior counsel, at the APIL Clinical Negligence 2016 Annual Conference as one of the most interesting cases of the year. He described it as a “must read” when considering which experts to instruct and the importance of your leading expert in a claim where our leading expert’s evidence surpassed that of three of his peers.
Amy represented a family in a high-value fatal accident claim for a company director in the events industry and obtained £1.46m for his estate largely for future dependency claims for his wife and children. In a recent incomplete thoracic paraplegic claim, Amy obtained a £3.3m settlement for a client with an impaired life expectancy that included a £130,000 annual payment to cover ongoing future 24-hour care. Amy also recovered £3.2m for an 80-year-old client who suffered complete paraplegia due to negligent anaesthesia.
Following her initial degree in nursing (including becoming a Specialist Practitioner in District Nursing at the University of Manchester), Amy converted to a law degree studying at BPP Law School. She completed her Legal Practice Course with a distinction. She then worked for Charles Russell on the vCJD Trust and Clinical Negligence team. She completed her training contract at a regional North West firm in July 2007 before joining Stewarts in August 2010. She has since been promoted to associate and, in May 2016, senior associate.
Amy is a member of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and regularly involved with Action against Medical Accidents. Amy she is also a member of Women In Law London (WILL).
Amy represented a family at an inquest where a mother had died of negligent surgical error leading to multiple organ failure. This appeared in national and local press. She also represented a young mother and set a legal precedent to allow the inclusion of a deceased father’s details on a newborn’s birth certificate where the father died before the birth could have been registered. This was reported widely throughout legal press with many other firms referring to this groundbreaking precedent.
Amy makes the most of her spare time enjoying all that London has to offer. She is an art, cinema and theatre buff but usually can be found exploring new places and parts of London with her close family and friends. After completing the Great North Run in 2015, she has now hung up her running shoes and can be found swimming in many of the outdoor pools in the capital.