Solicitor, Clinical Negligence
Shauna has specialised in medical negligence cases since qualifying as a solicitor in 2013. Her cases include delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis of conditions and illnesses, surgical errors in hospitals, GP negligence and dental negligence.
As a solicitor, being able to assist clients in reaching a conclusion to an aspect of their life which has been the cause of significant distress and worry is extremely satisfying and rewarding, regardless of the level of compensation achieved.
I pride myself in being open and honest. The claims process can be very daunting for someone who has lost trust in medical professionals. I therefore ensure I provide my clients with the highest level of support throughout the process and have an ability to explain what is happening and why whilst avoiding unnecessary technical or legal jargon.
I secured compensation for the family of an elderly patient who suffered a massive blood clot and died after being left without the vital blood-thinning medication she required for more than two days, due to a mix-up over medication. A Serious Incident Review at the Hospital Trust highlighted that there was a lack of system to prevent the error being made. In cases such as this I feel our role plays a vital part in ensuring such errors are fully investigated, and that lessons are learned for future patients.
I also acted in another case where an elderly life was lost in a hospital because of a failure to follow basic procedures. In this case it was a cancer patient who died from a brain injury after suffering three falls in hospital because staff failed to keep him safe. Despite knowing he was at risk of falls, staff failed to carry out an adequate assessments and did not take basic steps to ensure his safety
Career, qualifications and memberships
- 2:1 (Hons) Law LLB degree.
- Legal Practice Course with distinction.