Nicola Wainwright is an experienced specialist clinical negligence lawyer who has specialised in this field since 1997. She is a member of the Law Society’s clinical negligence panel and a member of AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents). She is also an Association of Personal Injury Lawyer (APIL) Senior Litigator and is ranked by Chambers guide to the legal profession as a leading individual in the area of clinical negligence. She has previously been asked to submit oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Health on complaints and litigation.
Nicola has extensive experience in dealing with brain and spinal injury claims caused because of medical negligence.
Nicola is currently working on cases arising from the failure to diagnose brain tumours and diseases, such as meningitis and HSV, as well as cases arising from negligent brain surgery.
Nicola also has a number of cases on behalf of children who sustained brain damage at birth and now suffer cerebral palsy. Nicola was pleased last year to obtain a significant interim payment to enable one family to move into a more suitable house, which had room for their daughter to use her wheelchair inside the house.
Examples of Nicola’s recently concluded brain injury cases include:
- Securing a settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a stroke because of medical negligence by Barts & the London NHS Trust after she was treated for an aneurysm in her brain. A surgical blunder during coiling treatment caused her client to suffer a stroke. Her client’s right arm and leg were affected, with reduced balance, problems with speech and some brain damage. Nicola was able to secure a significant sum of compensation, which has enabled her client to pay for private physiotherapy to help with her mobility, to pay for a support worker to help her to get out of the house and to buy equipment which makes her everyday life easier.
- Securing compensation for a young boy whose meningitis diagnosis was delayed, leaving him with brain damage and severe hearing loss. Nicola’s client was four months old when his concerned parents took him to hospital showing many of the signs and symptoms of meningitis despite which he was discharged. The hospital trust eventually settled the case for £1.5m which has enabled the child’s parents to meet their son’s needs.
- Securing compensation for the family of a baby, who sustained brain injury at birth and sadly did not survive, after the hospital midwives did not react urgently to signs of the baby’s distress just prior to birth.