Solicitor, Clinical Negligence
ExpertiseLaura is a solicitor with a large high-value medical negligence caseload, including many complex, high-value injuries. She has experience in handling fatal claims and supporting families at inquests, and in handling cases of GP negligence, dental negligence, hospital negligence, orthopaedic injuries and birth claims. Many of Laura’s clients have significant and ongoing healthcare and lifestyle requirements, factors which are considered and calculated when seeking interim payments to help people before their cases reach a final agreed settlement. A significant number of her cases are valued at six-figure and seven-figure settlements. Laura, who qualified as a solicitor in 2010, is committed to pursuing the rehabilitation needs of clients, in line with the firm’s objectives of improving clients’ quality of life. She is also successful in achieving outcomes that bring closure for bereaved relatives.
“I believe it is very important to ensure that my clients have a good understanding of the claims process from the start, as this helps us work towards addressing their concerns from the very outset and gives us both a clear understanding of what we are looking to achieve, why we are doing it and how it will work.
“Unfortunately, many of my clients continue to suffer the consequences of negligent medical treatment and in some cases live with the knowledge that this will impact upon their future. It is difficult to face these issues but I try to support my clients in ensuring that we do explore the full extent of their injuries and to secure a settlement which compensates them as best they can be for the harm they have suffered.”
I secured £650,000 in damages for a client who was wrongly diagnosed when suffering from a serious spinal condition and was left needing a walking frame and unable to pick up small objects. He was told he would likely be dependent on a wheelchair within two years, so it was pleasing to secure such a significant settlement as he told me he intended to use to buy an adapted bungalow to help regain some independence. The successful case will have made a real difference to his quality of life.
I represented the widow of a man at inquest who took his own life just hours after mental health specialists sent him home despite him being suicidal and having confessed to considering killing himself just the previous day. The coroner at inquest accepted his intent had been affected by mental health. I also successfully settled for £250,000 in a case relating to delayed diagnosis of lung cancer. The settlement was for the dependents of the patient who died due to delays in diagnosing and treating his condition, including his widow and her two youngest children.
Career, qualifications and memberships
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice