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Anderson Strathern is ‘an impressive firm with talented solicitors’. The team represents clients pursuing claims in relation to accidents across the spectrum of clinical and dental context and has particular experience in pelvic mesh cases. The practice is co-led by experienced solicitor advocate Robert Carr and Catriona Watt who specialises in permanent injury resulting from medical negligence and fatal claims arising from accidents and clinical failures. ‘Sophisticated’ senior associate Robbie Wilson is noted for his ‘good interpersonal skills’ and his depth of knowledge across all areas of medicine.

As well as providing ‘excellent service’, Balfour+Manson LLP’s team has ‘a complete understanding of the issues’ facing clients pursuing claims arising from medical negligence and accidents. ‘Outstanding’ Elaine Motion , who leads the team, has considerable experience in representing clients bringing child birth and cerebral palsy claims, late diagnosis of breast and bowel cancer cases; as well as matters involving negligent bowel surgery and bedsore negligence. Ann Logan specialises in birth injury cases, but also has expertise in cerebral palsy, lack of informed consent and fatal claims. David McIntosh is acting for a mother whose daughter suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury, in a complex claim seeking to secure damages to cover care costs. Julie Clark-Spence is another key practitioner with experience in pursuing claims against hospitals, GPs and other care professionals.

The ‘excellent’ team at Digby Brown LLP is noted for its considerable expertise in pursuer litigation in the medical negligence space. Practice head Sue Grant successfully represented a client in a birth injury case that led to cerebral palsy and is currently pursuing a claim for a client in relation to the failed diagnosis of a kidney cyst. Recently promoted partner Ruth Kelliher is acting in a liability claim involving complications arising from failed surgery. Associate Trish McFadden is also recommended for Court of Session litigation.

Lindsays acquired the well-established medical negligence practice from Brodies LLP in February 2017; the practice, which stands out for the ‘sensitivity’ it offers to clients pursuing medical negligence claims, is highly active in court litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. The practice is led by ‘impressive’ David Armstrong, who is noted for providing ‘well-organised instructions’ and the manner in which he deals with defending parties. In a recent highlight, he successfully represented a client in a complex causation case involving a patient who suffered complications following surgery, which was settled with an award of periodic payments to cover additional care costs. Jonathan Cornwell is also recommended for his medical negligence expertise.

Drummond Miller LLP handles the spectrum of medical negligence claims, including child birth injury cases, missed diagnoses, surgical accidents and GP or nursing failures, in which it has considerable experience investigating, negotiating and litigating in the Sheriff Court, Court of Session and Supreme Court. Liesa Spiller, who leads the practice, and Darren Deery are the key contacts.

Harper Macleod LLP  handles a wide variety of clinical negligence claims, including birth injuries relating to obstetric negligence, misdiagnosis and surgical error. Drawing on its pre-eminent sports practice, it also has niche expertise in negligence in the sporting context and professional sport injuries. Practice leader Elizabeth Mitchell specialises in dealing with fatal cases on behalf of family members, in addition to gynaecological cases. In one complex case, she is currently representing the partner of a man who committed suicide in hospital after being left with belts, despite being considered a suicide risk, and in another matter, is representing the family of a woman who sustained a heart attack after the hospital failed to review her ECG and sufficient action. Associate Victoria Buchanan is recommended for her expertise in orthopaedic injuries such as hip replacements, and lack of consent matters.

Jackson Boyd LLP handles medical and dental claims brought by insurers and individuals, including fatal claims, treatment error and misdiagnosis, catastrophic injury, delay in diagnosis, premature hospital discharge and birth injury claims. Debbie Milne leads the practice and has considerable experience in Court of Session litigation. She recently successfully represented the family of a man who died as a consequence of bowel obstruction, having been misdiagnosed by an out of hours GP service.

Morton Fraser acts for a variety of individuals and insurers pursuing medical and dental negligence claims, including misdiagnoses, failure to diagnose and clinical errors. Jenny Dickson leads the team in a liability claim in relation to the negligent fitting of a contraceptive coil that resulted in an unexpected pregnancy. David Hossack successfully represented a client in a claim raised against a health authority for failure to timeously diagnose and treat a suspected stroke.

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