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Helen Thompson, Associate

Helen Thompson, Associate, Fieldfisher

Helen Thompson is an Associate in the Clinical Negligence team. She acts exclusively on behalf of Claimants and also has experience of representing families at inquests.

Helen has experience of dealing with a wide range of complex and maximum severity medical negligence claims. She has particular interest in orthopaedic, gynaecological, surgical, birth injury and brain injury cases.

 

Some examples of Helen's recent / notable cases are:

  • £550,000 for a failure to adequately perform an Oxford uni-compartmental knee replacement.
  • £395,000 for a failure to adequately perform an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
  • £270,000 for a failure to adequately treat a displaced fracture of the femur.
  • £200,000 for peritonitis, abscess formation, hemicolectomy and infertility following attempts at transvaginal aspiration of an endometrioma.
  • £200,000 for a failure to adequately excise a tumour resulting in a brachial plexus injury and loss of function in the dominant hand.
  • £175,000 for a failure to identify and treat a Lisfranc fracture of the foot resulting in permanent disability.
  • £105,000 for inappropriate performance of bariatric surgery resulting in sepsis and death.
  • £75,000 for over-resection of bone and detachment of the Deltoid muscle during shoulder surgery.
  • £75,000 for inadequate care and intubation of a patient with pneumonia resulting in death.
  • £75,000 for a failure to identify and treat a fractured wrist resulting in a displaced fracture and functional impairment.
  • £75,000 for a delay in treating vascular insufficiency and chronic lower limb ischaemia resulting in gangrene, sepsis and below knee amputation.
  • £40,000 for a failure to administer Heparin following abdominal surgery resulting in deep vein thrombosis.
  • £40,000 for a failure to monitor a baby's heart rate during labour resulting in death and psychiatric injury to the baby's mother.
  • £40,000 for inappropriate administration of chemotherapy drugs resulting in death from toxicity.

 

Other notable cases:

  • Early admission of liability in a case involving a failure to adequately monitor a baby's heart rate during labour resulting in hypoxic injury to the brain and cerebral palsy.
  • Admission of liability and substantial damages in a case involving a GP's failure to identify signs of a heart attack resulting in cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain injury.
  • Admission of liability in a case involving a failure to adequately advise the patient about risks of surgery to clip an aneurysm on the middle cerebral artery resulting in stroke and permanent neurological injury.
  • Early admission of liability in a case involving performance of a hysteroscopy resulting in multiple bowel perforations, peritonitis and hemicolectomy
  • Early admission of liability in a case involving over-ventilation of a baby in the neonatal period resulting in pneumothorax and death.
  • Substantial damages in a case involving a failure to appropriately manage atrial fibrillation resulting in the patient suffering an embolic stroke and sustaining permanent neurological impairment and physical disability.
  • Early admission of liability for a failure to adequately perform decompression and instrumental fusion of the lumbar spine resulting in significant physical disability.
  • Admission of liability and substantial damages in a case involving a failure to adequately perform a total knee replacement and use of unauthorised components resulting in permanent disability.
  • Substantial damages in a case involving a failure to adequately plan and perform surgery on the fifth toe and metatarsals resulting in permanent pain and mobility difficulties.
  • Early admission of liability in a case involving a failure to adequately treat a fractured wrist resulting in bone fragmentation, cystic change and fusion of the wrist.

 

Helen has had an article published in the PI Focus publication commenting on a case she was involved in which was heard in the High Court in 2013. She has regularly provided pro bono advice at the Citizen's Advice Bureau at the High Court in London.

 

Contact Helen

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