Medical Negligence & Personal Injury

"The Kingsley Napley team is highly skilled, reliable and unfailingly professional. I have complete confidence in the firm and its skill at engaging with and supporting clients." Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2020

"You can be sure that you are working together as a team in the best interests of the client, whether at the advisory stage, in settlement negotiations, or in court."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"The team has kindness towards their clients and they understand exactly what a complex medical situation is about."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"The team is really well prepared, and the solicitors are confident and well engaged."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"A very capable and extremely dedicated team who go out of their way to achieve excellent results for their clients."

Legal 500 UK 2022

"The team is very collaborative. Senior members ensure each case is subject to regular strategy reviews. Nothing gets missed and the clients can be reassured that their case is getting proper attention and expertise. The technology for sharing papers and bundles is very good indeed."

Legal 500 UK 2022

"The team is organised, well-resourced, pleasant to deal with, responsive and collegiate."

Legal 500 UK 2022

"As a team they’re hugely approachable, know their stuff inside out, prepare cases immaculately and are a force to come up against."

Legal 500 UK 2022

“Our experience of Kingsley Napley has been utterly flawless, I would without hesitation recommend the firm to anyone embarking on a medical negligence claim."

A Client

If you or a member of your family has suffered serious harm as a result of medical negligence or a personal injury we can help.

We focus on finding solutions which meet the individual needs of our clients, who are often coming to terms with life altering injuries or changes in family circumstances. Our team is top ranked and our lawyers are experienced in helping injured people and bereaved families navigate the legal process to obtain much needed financial compensation.   

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Further information

We understand that you may be anxious about bringing a legal claim, so we make the process as straightforward as possible. We investigate cases thoroughly, involving the best experts and barristers, to maximise the chances of success.  Our clients are involved at every step of the way and we have a long track record of securing substantial sums of money for our clients.

In most cases we are able to offer funding options, such as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements, so that our clients do not have to worry about how to pay for their claim.




 

Latest blogs & news

Supporting You In Dealing With Trauma Why Trauma-Informed Lawyering is Crucial

Many people who contact us for advice have experienced life-changing events. Our clients include people who have suffered medical negligence and been involved in cases of sexual abuse. 

North Bristol NHS Trust -v- White: Contempt of Court in a medical negligence claim

In my blog on 21 April 2022, I summarised the decision of the Court in the case of Natasha Colley, a contempt of Court committed by the Claimant’s mother and Litigation Friend. This blog focuses on a further judgment for contempt: North Bristol NHS Trust -v- White. The case concerns a claim for clinical negligence for Cauda Equina Syndrome where the Claimant exaggerated the extent of her injuries.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust -v- Natasha Colley: Contempt of Court

This blog summarises the position when a Defendant submits an application to commit a Claimant’s Litigation Friend for contempt of Court for false statements made in a document verified by a statement of truth.

Cojanu -v- Essex Partnership University NHS Trust: Update on Fundamental Dishonesty

On 2 February 2022 Mr Justice Richie gave Judgment on Cojanu, a clinical negligence claim where the Defendant advanced a defence of fundamental dishonesty.

Requesting Medical Records after a death

Losing a loved one when you think it may be because they received poor medical care is incredibly stressful at a time when family and friends are grieving their loss.  Often, people want to see a written record of the final days of their loved one and what happened to them, or they might want to go through years of records to ascertain whether there was diagnosis that may have been missed, such as cancer.

Ockenden Report: inadequate investigations into deaths of mothers and babies and a culture of silence

Last week the Ockenden report was finally published. A team of Midwives and Doctors, headed by Midwife, Donna Ockenden reviewed the maternity care given to 1,148 families between 2000 – 2019. The report made for shocking reading.

Breast Cancer: The Most Common Cancer in the UK

Breast cancer accounts for almost 15% of all new cancer cases and affects both men and women.  There are an estimated 150 new cases every day.  Sarah Harding’s death earlier this year was a tragic reminder that breast cancer also affects young and premenopausal women.

Brownlie v Four Seasons Group

Today the Supreme Court has handed down its Judgment in this long-running case, and in plain terms, Lady Brownlie has won the Appeal.

Supreme Court rules in favour of Lady Brownlie in Four Seasons Cairo case

The Supreme Court of England & Wales has this morning decided in Lady Brownlie’s favour, and dismissed the Defendant’s Appeal by a majority of 4 – 1 in FS Cairo v Brownlie.

Maternity Services in England

On 6 July 2021, the Health and Social Care Committee published its report into maternity care in England. The report looks at maternity care across the country and analyses the progress of the Government so far in its commitments to improving maternity care.

Proposed changes to the Highway Code: will they improve safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users?

Over the summer, the government suggested changes to the Highway Code to improve road safety for vulnerable road users. If the proposals are approved, they will change how pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are expected to behave on Britain’s roads.

Breaking the Stigma: September is Urology Awareness Month

According to the Urology Foundation, one in two of us will be affected by a urological condition in our lifetime.

World Suicide Prevention Day – how can you get involved?

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day. Each year, on the same date, communities and organisations campaign on a global scale to raise awareness of the tragedy of suicide and explore ways in which we can all help to prevent it.

Who can bring a claim when someone dies?

When a loved one dies, grief is difficult and there can be a lot to deal with.  If someone dies as a result of medical negligence or personal injury, then it’s important to consider who can bring a claim. 

Clarity on costs for consumers of legal services: the guideline hourly rates

Whether the claimant or defendant, successful parties to civil litigation can be disappointed to hear that they are highly unlikely to recover all of their legal spend.  The losing party is only required to pay what is considered reasonable and proportionate.  A key feature in what is recovered is the reasonableness of the hourly rates charged by the successful litigant’s solicitors.

What happens when medics miss a serious heart complaint?

An aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition, requiring early diagnosis and treatment. Sadly, classic symptoms are often misdiagnosed or dismissed, which quickly lead to the patient’s death. We have experience of successfully investigating claims of this nature.

Swift v Carpenter: and another thing…

Much has been said about the 2020 Court of Appeal judgment in Swift dealing with the disputed method by which claims for the cost of special accommodation following severe injuries are calculated, and rightly so; it was a privilege for one of the authors of this article to work on a case of such wide application and with such benefit for so many Claimants. 

Case note: Malik -v- St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The recent decision in the case of Malik -v- St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a further example of this approach.  Mr Malik required emergency spinal surgery in the form of a laminectomy and discectomy at T10/11.  No criticism was made of the performance of the surgery.  Post-operatively Mr Malik experienced ongoing numbness and weakness in his left leg.  His surgeon recommended further revision decompression surgery which unfortunately left Mr Malik with an incomplete paraparesis.  He was classified as a T7 ASIA D paraplegic.

The National Disability Strategy: the most comprehensive, concerted, cross-government plan ever. Is it really?

On the 28 July 2021, the Government unveiled the highly anticipated National Disability Strategy (‘the strategy’). Pledged in the Government’s 2019 manifesto, the aim is to “improve the everyday lives of disabled people”. The Prime Minister described the strategy as the most comprehensive, concerted, cross-government plan relating to disability ever. A bold claim, but is it justified?

When is the right time to question a medical decision?

Chimamanada Ngozi Adichie, celebrated author and feminist talks in Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail Podcast about the death of her father, and then her mother, 9 months later. Adichie speaks very eloquently about the many emotions that grief provokes.

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