Stephen Jones leads the firm’s clinical negligence department in Manchester and has specialised in clinical negligence work since his qualification in 1986. He joined Leigh Day having previously been the head of clinical negligence at Pannone and that firm’s successor, Slater & Gordon, and has a long track record of bringing successful cerebral palsy and brain injury claims.
He has a national reputation in this area of work and has regularly been ranked as a leading individual in the field by Chambers and Legal 500, Chambers commenting in 2017: “He is a really brilliant lawyer in clinical negligence because he knows the medicine, knows the law and is vastly experienced.” Stephen is a member of both the Law Society and AvMA clinical negligence accreditation panels.
Stephen has consistently secured million pound plus awards in brain injury cases including the following:
- Settling numerous cases on behalf of children left severely brain injured as a result of the mismanagement of their mother’s labour or their birth. Stephen’s settlements have usually resulted in the payment of multi-million pound lump sums together with annual periodical payments for the rest of the child’s life so as to ensure a regular reliable income to meet the substantial cost of care. For example, in one case Stephen secured a lump sum of £2.35m together with annual payments exceeding £200,000 per annum to meet the young boy’s care needs. Stephen is presently acting for a number of children with cerebral palsy.
- Acting for children whose diagnosis of meningitis was negligently delayed with the result that they were left with significant brain injury demanding 24 hour care.
- Acting for children where there has been delay in treating herpes simplex encephalitis again resulting in serious brain injury.
- Acting where negligent hospital care has led to acquired adult brain injury which should have been avoided: for example, a failure to deal promptly with an asthma attack leading to brain injury; a case where air was inadvertently injected into a patient causing brain damage; and in ENT surgery where an instrument penetrated the brain causing frontal lobe injury.