Claire Horton, Partner, Medical Negligence

Claire Horton, Partner, Medical Negligence, Fieldfisher

I am a medical negligence lawyer with over 29 years of experience of bringing the cases of my clients, who are often catastrophically injured, to a highly successful conclusion.

I have settled many significant cases, achieving substantial levels of compensation in a wide variety of complex cases, including in particular many relating to birth injury. This has often required the application of unique solutions to ensure that the lifelong needs of my clients can be fully met.

I have achieved excellent and hard fought successes in many highly complex and ‘difficult to win’ cases. I work with many clients who are unable to manage their affairs and am skilled at working with teams of experts, case managers, treating therapists and Court of Protection Deputies to achieve the best results for my clients.

Chambers Directory, 2019 – a ’careful and considerate approach….She understands how to put a case together and get it moving’

Chambers Directory, 2018 – combining ‘enormous empathy with legal skill and tenacity in pursuing her cliet’s cases’

I have achieved substantial levels of compensation in a wide variety of high value cases including delayed cancer diagnosis, failure to prevent stroke, failure to provide Vitamin K to a new-born baby and the delayed diagnosis of brain tumours. I have a particular interest in cases relating oxygen deprivation at birth causing both cerebral palsy and none-cerebral palsy (atypical) injury and injuries caused in the neonatal period.

I have recently secured several final settlements of between £15 million and £30 million (lifelong capitalised equivalent) ensuring that the accommodation, therapy and care needs of the respective clients will always be met. I have achieved liability settlements in several further cases which will also settle for or be awarded similar levels of compensation, calculated at current rates.

I have established case law which allows compensation for a statistical reduction in years of life expectation.  I have also obtained compensation for the majority of lifelong care, rather than the additional care only, where the negligently caused injury was to a person who would already have required some care due to an underlying non-negligently caused condition.

I have been a long term member of the specialist clinical negligence panels of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Law Society which both require excellent standards in their panellists. I am designated as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

In my spare time I enjoy reading and conversing about novels, participating actively in local politics and walking in wild places.