Iona Meeres-Young, Partner

Iona Meeres-Young, Partner, Fieldfisher

Iona is a partner in the Clinical and Medical Negligence team at Fieldfisher. She is on the specialist Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, a member of AvMA and is an accredited expert in acting for the victims of medical accidents.

Iona successfully combines her medical and legal knowledge to meticulously analyse each individual case.  She works tirelessly to maximise compensation and secure early interim payments to help those who have suffered as a result of medical negligence to rebuild their lives through rehabilitation, getting the best possible care and moving to suitable accommodation. Where possible this happens during the course of a claim to restore the independence of victims and their loved ones.

She has particular expertise in:

  • Obstetric claims (children who have suffered serious injury at birth leading to cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, as well as maternal injuries).  These may be mismanaged pregnancy or labour. She has specialist knowledge of cases involving mismanagement of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and pre-eclampsia
  • Fetal medicine claims - Advising in wrongful birth claims; where problems with a pregnancy should have been detected antenatal
  • Oncology claims involving delays in diagnosis and error in treatment - particularly lymphoma, cervical, breast, bowel, lung and skin cancers. Iona has particular expertise in bringing hybrid lost years/fatal accidents claims whilst reaching settlement within a client’s lifetime.  
  • Cases involving amputation - these may have arisen from negligent surgery or delays in diagnosis.  She has broad expertise in upper, lower and bilateral amputation claims.
  • Adult acquired brain injury as a result of medical accident (mismanagement of stroke, anaesthetic errors, neurosurgical errors
  • Fatal accident claims - to include assisting with representation at Inquest where a death has arisen as a result of suspected negligence

Some of Iona’s recent settlements include:

  • £600,000 recovered for a woman who had a negligently managed belt lipectomy
  • £750,000 recovered for a woman who suffered a delay in diagnosis of bowel cancer
  • £450,000 recovered for the widow of  man who died from an abdominal aortic aneurys
  • £600,000 recovered for a woman who suffered a delay in diagnosis of cervical cancer
  • £50,000 recovered for a woman who underwent a negligent breast augmentation
  • multiple recoveries for the parents who lost babies following negligently managed labour; recoveries ranged between £20,000-90,000
  • In excess of £220,000 recovered for a woman who had her ankle incorrectly fused after negligent foot surgery
  • £115,000 recovered for the widow of an elderly gentleman who died following negligent cardiac surgery
  • £45,000 recovered for a woman who suffered sexual abuse by a psychiatric nurse
  • £225,000 recovered for the widow of a man who suffered negligent post-operative management after undergoing a cholecystectomy

Iona has considerable media experience.  She has commented widely on clinical negligence matters in national and regional press. Iona has successfully featured across more than 100 different media outlets and appears frequently on television news channels:

  • Iona spoke in detail on SkyNews when the Review by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh Report into patient safety was released
  • Iona commented in The Sun on her client who suffered permanent life-long injuries post cosmetic surgery.
  • Iona commented in the Daily Mail on her case regarding the negligent mismanagement of labour, which lead to cerebral palsy.
  • Iona appeared on ITV’s This Morning programme where she discussed how her client, Leanne, became a bilateral amputee following her negligent breast surgery. Iona explained to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about how an easily avoidable hospital mistake had left Leanne’s life in ruins.
  • Iona also commented on the same case featured in the Daily Mail 
  • Iona called for the family of a four-year-old boy who died from cancer to be told the truth about their son’s care amid allegations of a hospital cover-up at Colchester Hospital.  She commented widely in the media on this scandal, appearing on news channels for Sky, channel 5 and the BBC. Iona also commented in the The Times and extensively in local and regional press
  • Iona commented on her case of Ruth McDonagh and the late diagnosis of her cancer in the Daily Mail
  • Iona appeared on BBC News and ITV London news and a year later gave follow-up commentary in the Evening Standard.
  • Iona commented in Kentonline on her client who sustained serious burns following a routine kidney operation.
  • Iona regularly presents to clinicians and nurses at NHS Trusts and charities to advise on how to avoid clinical negligence claims and separate presentations to offer a Claimant's perspective on the impact of injury in a clinical negligence claim:

    • Presented to the obstetric department at North Middlesex NHS Trust on pitfalls in instrumental delivery - avoiding clinical negligence

    • Presented to SIA (Spinal Injuries Association) at their bowel and bladder management study day: Avoiding clinical negligence and potential pitfalls in bladder/bowel care for spinally injured patients

    • Presented to clinicians at Hinchingbrooke Hospital - on the medico-legal issues for the maternity team. Training was provided by charities Birth 2 UK maternity training and Baby Lifeline