Caroline is instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, including private hospitals and Defence Unions, in relation to Clinical negligence claims. She accepts CFA instructions where appropriate.
Caroline also represents interested parties at inquests into deaths in a healthcare setting, which assists with her understanding of the medical background in clinical negligence claims. She has acted pro bono for families at inquests, instructed by AvMA.
Example clinical negligence instructions include:
- Led by Andrew Lewis QC in cerebral palsy and large loss claims.
- Delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancer: breast, pancreatic and ovarian.
- Delayed treatment of Crohn’s disease.
- Birth injury, including secondary victim claims. A recent instruction involved a causation issue where the expert medical evidence conflicted with the outcome of an inquest.
- Claims arising from cosmetic surgery such as gastric band surgery and breast implants.
- Consent claims following Montgomery.
- Claims arising from care homes, including successfully defending a claim for an alleged assault by a carer.
- Infections, including MRSA and delay/ failings in treating post – operative infections.
Recent Inquests include:
Inquest touching on the death of LH (2020): 3 day inquest. Cause of death was Group A Strep infection, recent third trimester delivery, acute PET and HELLP syndrome. The factual background was complicated by incorrect records relating to blood pressure during an emergency C – section. Narrative outcome.
Inquest touching on the death of HP (2018): Caroline represented a Care home, in respect of deceased who had fallen from a chair, bumped his head and died from a sub-dural haematoma. Short form: Accident. No criticism of care home.
Inquest touching on the death of JS (2018): Caroline was instructed by AvMA on behalf of the family following the death of JS after a hip replacement operation at which the Coroner made a PFD/ Regulation 28 report.
- AvMA Regional meeting on claims for Immunotherapy/ private treatment in cancer claims.