Living with a spinal cord injury - A podcast with Aideen McGarry and Ruth Earley

Aideen McGarry

Aideen McGarry in our Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team speaks to Ruth Earley, the founder of the This is Spinal Crap podcast,  about the reality of an acquired spinal cord injury.  Ruth developed Cauda Equina Syndrome in 2018 and describes waking up with numbness which quickly deteriorated.  She talks to Aideen about ways her injury has affected her day to day life including working, meeting up with friends and travelling around London. 
 

Ruth also talks about her treatment for Cauda Equina and what has worked for her.

Finally, Ruth offers etiquette advice to those who work with and interact with people with spinal cord injury and particular wheelchair bound people.

You can read more about Ruth and listen to her podcast through her website here

About the speaker

Aideen McGarry is an Associate in the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team. Aideen has experience working on high-value clinical negligence and personal injury claims. She has acted for clients in claims against their GP, hospital or health providers in relation to injuries suffered as a result of wrong treatment, surgical error, delay or missed diagnosis. Aideen has also represented clients injured in road traffic accidents, accidents at work and accidents on public property.

 

Client Case Studies

Client Case Studies

Cerebral Palsy affecting all 4 limbs settled for £27.4m

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Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer settled for £120,000

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Cerebral Palsy claim settled in 2019 concerning prolonged partial hypoxia awarded £26.9m

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Substantial damages awarded for a spinal cord injury during a surgical procedure

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Fatal claim for the widow of a teacher who died in a road traffic accident. We secured a settlement of £650,000

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Failure to diagnose and treat an Arterial Occlusion resulting in a lower leg amputation – settled for £715,000

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Cerebral Palsy claim settled in 2018 for in the region of £28m, made up of a lump sum payment and annual periodical payments

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Surgical negligence leading to brain injury – settled for over £5 million

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Fatal Accident claim - settled for £450,000

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Surgical negligence leading to permanent damage to spinal accessory nerve, recurrent laryngeal nerve and development of Frey’s Syndrome – settled for £490,000

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Failure to investigate and treat a lumbar spine disc prolapse resulting in Cauda Equina Syndrome – settled for £750,000

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Substantial settlement for above the knee amputation - failure to treat a peri-operative infection

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Failure to carry out emergency decompression surgery following an MRI scan resulting in cauda equina compression leading to permanent neurological and psychological injury – settled for £32,500

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