I am proud to be a part of the Clinical Negligence team in our Sheffield office. It is always a difficult time for a client when they have cause to bring a claim, and so I strive to help make the process as smooth and easy to understand as possible.
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I am a Litigation Executive who works closely with Jodie Cook, providing support on cases where clients have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of negligent medical treatment.
I qualified as a Solicitor in in the field of clinical negligence in March 2015. Between 2015 and 2021 I represented clients in claims involving a wide variety of different medical conditions. I have experience in cases concerning delays in diagnosing cancer, surgical errors and GP failures amongst other issues.
I have particular interest in claims where there has been a delay in diagnosing sepsis leading to, sometimes fatal, complications. During the course of my career a number of my client’s cases have attracted national media attention, helping to raise awareness of important issues.
I successfully settled claims for two young children who died from sepsis at the same NHS Trust. These were emotional cases where we were able to obtain admissions of liability from the Defendant. Both matters attracted national media coverage which gave the families an opportunity to have their voices heard.
I also acted in a matter in which my client received compensation totalling £500,000 following delayed diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. This was despite liability being denied by the Defendant. The settlement ensured that the client, who could no longer return to her career as a nurse, had financial security.
In addition, I successfully recovered compensation for a family in a very sad case concerning the death of their newborn daughter. With the assistance of Counsel we were able to argue that the father was a secondary victim and to resolve the claim as a whole for him, the mother and the estate of the child. Secondary victim claims such as these are extremely difficult to succeed in and so this was a great result. The case also attracted some media attention both locally and nationally.
The extra mile
As well as acting for clients and assisting colleagues, I have also been involved with marketing and charity work.
I cannot praise Rebecca enough. As you can imagine, it has been very stressful at times, but Rebecca was always available with constant updates regarding the claim and giving her expert advice on the next steps forward. If I had any queries, I would email or telephone and always got a response on the same day, if not immediately. Client testimonial for Rebecca Dowse
From the beginning and throughout, Rebecca was incredibly thorough and informative and this was even more helpful since I had never made a claim before, so Rebecca made me feel very reassured. Client testimonial for Rebecca Dowse