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“My route into Law was an unconventional one: after a career as a Nurse and an NHS manager, I made the transition to Medical Negligence law.

I began my career studying for a BSc (Hons) in Applied Science. I then trained in general and mental health nursing, qualifying as a registered mental health nurse (RMN). As a nurse with a degree, I soon became a manager, running a drop-in centre for a mental health charity and community mental health services for a council.

In the years that followed my career was focussed on the improvement of public sector services, working in roles at:

  • District Audit/Audit Commission
  • NHS Modernisation Agency
  • National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE).

I consolidated my management learning by completing a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) at Warwick University, where I had the opportunity to study in South Africa and the USA.

The MPA course was meant to set me on a journey to becoming a public sector director and/or chief executive, however whilst working for a director in a large hospital trust, I became increasingly concerned about the medical errors I was investigating, and the reluctance of the hospital trust to admit their liability. This concern led me to study law.

When I commenced a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), it became apparent how challenging it would be combining legal studies, with a full-time job in the NHS and family commitments. I therefore changed roles and worked as a locum inspector for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), where I planned inspections around my first year of legal studies. I subsequently moved to review criminal cases for the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), where I completed my second year GDL, leaving CCRC to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) full-time.

Finding a solicitor training contact, given my unorthodox background, was a challenge, however I was soon recruited by specialist personal injury firm in Manchester, qualifying as a solicitor in July 2021.

Why did I join Brindley Twist Tafft and James in Coventry?

I knew when I qualified as a solicitor that I wanted to work in medical negligence law. It was clear to me that my nursing and NHS experience, when combined with my audit/inspection experience provided me with unique knowledge about the NHS, how it operates, and the reasons why medical negligence can occur.

I am fortunate to how found a firm that recognised my skills and experience acquired in my previous roles – Brindley Twist Tafft & James (BTTJ) in Coventry. I am now delighted to be working at one of the country’s leading Clinical Negligence departments and bringing my unique background to the claims process for the benefit of our clients

As a newly qualified solicitor I am surrounded by a team with many years’ experience working in the field of clinical negligence. I am impressed with the level of care and attention that each member of the team gives to clients and potential clients from the moment they make contact with us.

I look forward to becoming an integral member of the team, and to successfully working with clients in pursuit of their claims.”

Julia French

Solicitor – Clinical Negligence

 

If you need any advice on a medical negligence case, then please get in touch with our expert team to see how we can help. We offer free, no initial consultations.

Coventry lawyer and Head of the Medical Negligence team at BTTJ, Tom Barnes, has been awarded membership of the AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel for a further five years.

Tom and his BTTJ medical negligence colleague Richard Stanford are the only AvMA panel members within Coventry and Warwickshire.

AvMA was established in 1982 and today the specialist clinical negligence panel is a highly sought after quality mark for medical negligence specialists.

Tom, who is also a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, has focused on medical negligence claims since 1988 and represents clients nationwide.  He has also been recognised recently by the Legal 500 which acknowledged Tom’s huge amount of experience in this field.

 

If you need any advice on medical negligence, please feel free to contact Tom directly on tom.barnes@bttj.com or call 024 7653 1532

What is Needed for a Successful Brain Injury Claim?

Head or brain injuries are often the most severe types of injuries as they can cause serious and life-changing impairments. Even seemingly mild head or brain injuries could cause some unwanted side-effects. Medical professionals may sometimes miss subtle brain injuries as it can be difficult to assess the severity of a head injury. This means that the affected person may not get the appropriate care that they require.

If you have suffered a head or brain injury in the last three years that was caused by medical negligence, then you could be entitled to compensation. In order to make a successful brain injury claim, you must be able to prove that the injury was a result of the negligence of the Defendant..

 

What You Must Prove

To successfully make a claim for a brain injury, there are several elements which we will need to show:

  1. The Defendant must have owed you a ‘duty of care’.
  2. The Defendant must have failed to uphold their duty of care to you known as a breach of duty. This is required to substantiate a brain injury compensation claim and it can be through either something they didn’t do, or something they did do but didn’t meet the appropriate standard of care.
  3. As a result of the Defendant’s breach of duty they must have caused you to suffer a brain injury. This is known as Causation and is often the most disputed component of any medical negligence claim.

 

We must prove all of the elements above in order to be successful in your claim. It is for you to prove your case and not for the Defendant to disprove it.

These points may make the entire process sound quite difficult and challenging, but our experienced medical negligence solicitors at BTTJ have the legal and medical knowledge required to guide you through every step of the way, ensuring that making a claim is as easy as possible.

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Brain Injury Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of negligence are. At BTTJ , we have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered due to medical negligence and you would like to discuss pursuing a claim for brain injury compensation, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

There are a number of types of brain injuries ranging from an acquired brain injury (ABI) arising from birth, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually caused by trauma to the head or other forms such as tumor, stroke or brain haemorrhage.

If someone suffers an injury to the brain, the effects can be wide ranging and can depend upon factors such as the type, locality and severity of injury.

For many people who have suffered as a result of medical negligence, compensation is the only way that they can afford to cope with the life-changing effects of a brain injury and to ensure that they receive adequate care and that their dependents are also looked after.

Perhaps it is someone close to you that has suffered from a brain or head injury?  If that person is not able to manage their own medical negligence claim, then you can do this on their behalf.

To help you understand more about brain injuries and how it might affect you, we have detailed some of the effects of brain injuries and provided more information about claiming on behalf of others.

 

Effects of Brain Injuries 

Even after a minor head injury, brain function can be temporarily impaired and is sometimes referred to as concussion which can cause further difficulties such as dizziness, fatigue or depression.

The more severe the brain injury, the more pronounced the long-term effects are likely to be. Those with more severe brain injuries are likely to have complex long-term problems affecting their personality, their relationships and their ability to lead an independent life.

Each area of the brain accommodates various mental and physical functions, so it can be difficult to quantify and cover the impact that a severe brain injury may have. There are three main groups as a general outline:

Cognitive Functions: Impairments to a person’s cognitive functions can result in severe problems and it may restrict their ability to function independently afterward. Memory loss, changes in personality, and intellect deficits can make reintegrating with society after an injury quite challenging. This may require extended therapy to regulate or overcome.

Motor Functions: The physical abilities of a person could be heavily affected which may restrict or reduce their mobility. This will increase their reliance on others for everyday activities and, ultimately, reduce their independence. The effects of the loss of independence may bring upon negative emotional reactions.

Emotional Responses: Emotional responses can be altered which makes symptoms harder to diagnose or quantify. Changes in emotional responses mean that this can be more complex to treat. They can be relatively minor responses such as mood swings but they can also be significant, such as depression or apathy.

 

What if my loved one does not have the capacity to claim?

If someone close to you had experienced brain injury from medical negligence and they are not able to manage their own claim, then a trusted friend or relative will be able to bring the claim on their behalf. By claiming on their behalf, you will take on the role and responsibilities as if they were acting themselves.

Generally speaking, there is a three-year time limit to make a medical negligence claim. However, in some cases where the individual has lost the mental capacity to make a claim without the assistance of others, there may be no time limit.

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Brain Injury Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of negligence are.  We have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered due to medical negligence and you would like to discuss pursuing a claim for brain injury compensation, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

We are very pleased to announce that Brindley Twist Tafft & James has been awarded the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM).

 

The Specialist Quality Mark is a quality assurance standard designed for organisations who supply complex legal help and offer a full range of legal services. Its purpose is to ensure legal service providers are well run and provide excellent client care.

 

The award, which was achieved following an independent audit by the SQM Delivery Partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing a high quality legal service to our clients.