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Leanne Couzens- Medical negligence solicitor

Newcastle senior medical negligence solicitor

Leanne is a solicitor in our Newcastle office and represents clients throughout the North East. After initially working in other areas of personal injury law, Leanne chose to specialise in cases involving medical negligence. She is a member of our medical negligence team and has dealt with a wide range of injuries resulting from medical negligence. These include cases resulting from unreasonable delay in the diagnosis of various cancers and other medical conditions, surgical negligence, misdiagnosis of fractures, pharmacy dispensing errors, failure to remove surgical equipment during operations, dental cases and a variety of other medical issues.

The nature of medical negligence compensation claims requires that solicitors dealing with such cases acquire in depth knowledge of medical practices and procedures. They also need to understand how sub-standard medical treatment caused their client’s injuries and whether the injuries could have been avoided with an appropriate standard of care.

Leanne always deals with clients and their families in a sensitive and professional manner. She understands the legal issues that arise in medical negligence compensation claims and has the experience to deal with complex claims using her strong negotiating skills, commitment and determination, to secure the optimum amount of compensation in every case.

Leanne, a Newcastle solicitor, is a committee member for Headway Durham and Chester-le-Street, a regional charity located in the North East that operates as part of the Brain Injury Association. As a committee member she provides specialist legal advice and also assists them in developing the facilities and services the charity offers to brain injury patients within the local community.

She is also involved in fund raising for local regional charities including the Percy Hedley Foundation, a regional cerebral palsy charity and The Children’s Foundation, a charity that works to improve the health and well-being of young people in the North East.

Leanne attends AvMA regional meetings, the independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident.

Successful medical negligence compensation claims

Here are just a few examples of the type of medical negligence and surgical error cases which Leanne has successfully concluded.

Medical negligence compensation claim – Failure to remove surgical equipment

Our client, Mr Bould, underwent hip resurfacing surgery to relieve the constant pain and discomfort in his hip that had developed due to deterioration to his hipbone. The surgeon advised Mr Bould that a general anaesthetic was unnecessary and always carried an element of risk. The procedure was therefore carried out under local anaesthetic with an epidural.

The surgery was a success. However, the following day Mr Bould was told a guide pin had been left in his hip during the operation. He then had to undergo a second operation under general anaesthetic to remove the guide pin. It was also necessary to extend the original incision line and Mr Bould subsequently experienced severe pain at the site of the extended scar.

The defendants admitted liability in this claim for medical negligence compensation, on the grounds that there had been a breach of duty resulting in the need for Mr Bould to undergo further surgery. Leanne was able to negotiate a settlement of £4,000 in compensation and the hospital has implemented procedural changes to prevent further incidents of this kind.

Medical negligence compensation claim – Negligent prescription of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Leanne’s client was prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which included oestrogen and progesterone, at 48 years of age. Later her HRT medication was changed to an oestrogen only preparation, but this was not noted during her subsequent periodic reviews.

Although she subsequently started to experience heavy vaginal bleeding, her GP took no action.

However, when Leanne’s client attended a review with a different GP and reported her symptoms again, she was told to stop her HRT immediately, and was referred for an urgent gynaecological opinion.

Following investigations at the hospital, Leanne’s client was diagnosed with complex hyperplasia and an endometrial cancer could not be excluded. Her unopposed oestrogen only prescription had increased her risk of developing endometrial cancer.

She therefore underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. She went on to make a full recovery and is no longer at risk of developing endometrial cancer, with no increased risk of developing any other cancer in the future.

We obtained supportive expert evidence and submitted a letter of claim to the four GPs who were involved in our client’s care. They acknowledged that they had provided care falling below a reasonable standard and did not dispute liability. We negotiated a settlement of £16,000 on our client’s behalf.

Medical negligence compensation claim – Surgical error

This client’s deceased relative had been admitted to hospital for a routine laparoscopic (key hole surgery) cholecystectomy. The surgery was apparently successful but the patient did not make the expected recovery, suffering several infections and bouts of fever.

Some days after the surgery, he was taken for a second emergency operation during which two holes were discovered in the bowel, caused by negligent stitching of the bowel to the keyhole entry site. Remedial surgery was performed and further treatment followed, but the patient died a few days later.

Initially the defendant denied liability, but Leanne sought independent medical advice that confirmed that it was substandard care during the first operation that had resulted in the holes in the bowel and this was the eventual cause of our client’s death.

After issuing court proceedings Leanne was able to secure compensation in this medical negligence claim.

Client comments

Here is just a small sample of the many expressions of gratitude that Leanne receives each year.

“I found Leanne vey professional, very friendly and very informative. She put me at ease from the first meeting and kept me informed at every stage of the way. A big Thank you”.
Mr Bould – recipient of compensation for surgical error

“They were amazing, there were no catches or hidden costs, it was just win win! My assigned solicitor was a great communicator and was great support. Thanks for everything!”.
Recipient of compensation for the delayed diagnosis and treatment of a hand injury

“I have been very pleased with the service I recieved. Both solicitors were very helpful and friendly. They explained every step in a language I could understand and kept me up to date with proceedings”.
Recipient of compensation for prescription dispensing error

“Clear & concise advice & constant feedback & attention”.
Recipient of compensation after a family member died as a result of surgical error

Making a medical negligence compensation claim

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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