Client whose cauda equina symptoms were missed returns to his love of the great outdoors
23 January 2019
Anna acts in a variety of cases including those involving delays in diagnosing spinal injuries such as fractures or abscesses; misdiagnoses of cauda equina syndrome; delays in treating meningitis; misdiagnoses of strokes and failures properly to treat pressure sores in patients with pre-existing spinal cord injuries.
Anna is a key member of the Legal 500 Tier 1 and the Chambers Band 1 clinical negligence team in Leeds. She was commended in the 2018 and 2019 Chambers directories as an ‘Associate to Watch’; one of only 3 people in the region for Claimant clinical negligence work to receive such commendation. Interviewees stated, “She has a thorough approach, is attentive and communicates well” (2018) and value her as a “very friendly, helpful and extremely effective solicitor” (2019).
Clients have praised her ability to explain complex issues in ways that are easy to understand. Other client feedback includes:
“Anna has shown such empathy for A’s position and has acted with high integrity throughout. We have been extremely grateful for her support especially as she has seemed to have instinctively known how we might react to particular situations and anticipated this in advance to alleviate our concerns.”
Anna represented AB, a vulnerable adult with special needs, who was left paralysed after a hospital failed to diagnose a fractured spine following a fall. His claim settled for a lump sum of £3m and periodical payments for care and case management.
Anna has substantial experience in drafting schedules of loss. She prepared schedules totalling £14m and £12m in two cases involving clients in their twenties who suffered spinal cord injuries at a young age. Anna settled a pressure sore claim for £500,000 and obtained judgment for a client in a hard-fought cauda equina case six days before trial, which then went on to settle for £1.2m.
Anna studied Law at the University of Nottingham, before returning to her home town of Leeds to undertake the Legal Practice Course which she passed with a distinction. Anna qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined Stewarts in January 2014.
Anna is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers as a Senior Litigator and is a member of Leeds Medico-Legal Society.
Anna enjoys giving legal presentations and has presented to doctors and students at both York and Leeds Medical Schools on the topic ‘What must I do to be proved negligent? – principles and pointers’.
Anna plays the piano and is a regular theatre-goer. She also enjoys travelling – her favourite destinations include Japan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.