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Working in conjunction with the firm’s healthcare team, Anderson Strathern handles a wide range of medical accident claims against clinical and dental practices. Catriona Watt represented a client in an obstetric medical negligence case while team head Robert Carr acted for a client in a damages claim following a misdiagnosis. Carr also represented a client in a fatal case stemming from a delay in diagnosing cancer. Senior associate Robbie Wilson, who joined the team from Drummond Miller LLP, is ‘always well prepared, great with clients and ready to go the extra mile’.

One of Scotland’s top medical negligence pursuer firms’, Balfour+Manson LLP handles the full range of medical negligence work, with particular expertise in high value and complex cases. David McIntosh, who is praised for his ‘attention to detail and excellent case preparation skills’, ‘achieves impressive results time and time again’. He acted for a mother whose daughter was injured during birth resulting in cerebral palsy, in a claim against the Lanarkshire Health Board. The ‘compassionate, highly focused and well-organisedAnn Logan is ‘always prepared to go that extra mile’ and is ‘very experienced’ in birth injury cases, while consultant Fred Tyler is known for his track record in cerebral palsy claims. ‘Thorough’ team head Elaine Motion, who attracts praise for her ‘measured and realistic advice, guidance and insights’, frequently handles cancer cases, with an emphasis on cases concerning breast cancer. The team also includes Iain Nicol, who joined the firm from Compensation Lawyers (Scotland) Ltd.

Among the leading firms in the field’, Digby Brown LLP handles a wide range of clinical negligence litigation matters, including birth injury claims. Team head Sue Grantstands out for her vast experience’ and ‘is wonderful with clients’. She represented a client in a case involving a birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy, and acted for another client in a liability case following an ophthalmological examination. Associate Trish McFadden, who specialises in Court of Session litigation, ‘is a real fighter’, while associate Ruth Kelliher is ‘always well prepared, having thought through the implications of every case very carefully’.

Drummond Miller LLP’s ‘specialist’ team handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims, including birth damage, missed diagnosis, and GP and nurse failures. It also represents clients in the Sheriff Court, the Court of Session and the Supreme Court. The ‘impressive’ Liesa Spiller heads the team, which includes the recently promoted Darren Deery, who is known for his expertise in catastrophic claims, including those involving birth damage.

Harper Macleod LLP’s ‘organised’ team ‘knows how to investigate claims’ and is well equipped to represent its private client base in fatal claims and catastrophic injuries cases. Other areas of expertise include dealing with birth injury cases stemming from obstetric negligence, misdiagnosis and surgical error, and medical negligence cases arising from a sporting context. The team represented a client in a failed cardiotocography case and acted for another client in a mental health case. Practice head Douglas Cowan joined Keoghs LLP.

Jackson Boyd LLP acts for legal expenses insurers and individuals in fatality compensation and catastrophic injury claims. Debbie Milne deals with a number of delay in diagnosis, misdiagnosis, premature hospital discharge and birth injury claims. She represented an individual in Court of Session proceedings involving allegations of failure to diagnose a fracture following an accident. Alan Macdonald heads the team.

Morton Fraser acts for legal expenses insurers and individuals in medical and dental negligence claims. The team’s caseload includes matters involving misdiagnosis, errors in surgical procedures, orthopaedic injury and elderly care cases. Team head Jenny Dickson represented an individual in an unexpected pregnancy claim following the negligent fitting of an intrauterine device. The team also acted for a claimant in a Court of Session action against the Lanarkshire Health Board, which arose from a negligent knee replacement operation. Due to the fitting of an incorrectly sized replacement joint, the claimant had to undergo several revision operations. The team also represented an individual in a claim against the Greater Glasgow Health Board for surgical mismanagement, systemic failure and failure to take informed consent. On the dental side, litigator David Hossack represented an individual in a claim against a dental surgeon, which arose from an extraction operation where a nerve root was left in situ and became infected, causing facial deformity and reduced jaw function.

Shoosmiths is experienced in representing individuals seeking redress for medical negligence from various health boards. Senior associate and team head Judy Williamson ‘provides a clear pathway with concise explanations that inspire confidence’. She frequently deals with misdiagnosis, delay of diagnosis and birth injury cases brought before the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session. Williamson represented an individual in a fatality compensation claim following the death of a family member due to the failure to issue a referral for specialist treatment.

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