A partner and clinical negligence team leader, Susan has worked exclusively on claimant medical negligence cases, specialising in high value brain injury, birth trauma and cerebral palsy claims since joining Boyes Turner in 1992 and is recognised by all the major legal directories as one of the leading clinical negligence lawyers in the UK.
Susan’s professionalism, astuteness and expertise gained over 20 years of top tier clinical negligence litigation experience together with her compassion and empathy have earned her the respect and admiration of her peers in both the legal and medical professions, and she enjoys close and loyal relationships with her clients.
Susan’s impressive track record of multi-million pound compensation awards reflects her personal commitment to make a genuine and lasting difference to the lives of disabled children and their families. Her incisive and rigorous approach to establishing liability secures early judgments and substantial interim payments for her clients, long before the full value of the claim can be determined. With interim funds in place, she can begin work with the family, case managers and other professionals to provide the care and respite, adapted accommodation, essential therapies, assistive technology and specialist equipment required. Meeting the child’s essential needs at an early stage enables both child and parents to participate fully in family life and gives the child the best opportunity to achieve their full potential. Final settlements are negotiated and structured according to the individual needs of the client, balancing lump sums where needed for capital costs and contingencies with life-long periodical payments for future certainty.
Susan’s clients often come to her through personal referral from families she has helped in the past and from other professionals, charities and support groups. Her clients have suffered severe disability from the negligent management of their birth, neonatal and paediatric care, delayed diagnosis of infection such as meningitis, or of other conditions leading to catastrophic injury.
Susan is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel as well as on the specialist panel of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). She is also a member of the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
She is acknowledged as an expert in her field by both Chambers and the Legal 500 legal directories.
Susan’s dedication to claimant cerebral palsy cases is driven by her compassion for the children who have suffered devastating injury from negligent care. Working closely with their families, she understands the life-long implications of injuries of this severity, not only for the child, but for the family who face a daily struggle – physically, emotionally, and financially – to care and provide for their disabled child. Only a small proportion of brain injured children can attribute their condition to clinical negligence. Where compensation is payable, an expertly handled claim can go some way towards providing essential care and resources to ease the family’s hardship; family life becomes possible again and parents regain the peace of mind that comes with a more secure and certain future for their child.
For those without a claim, resources are scarce, but their needs are just the same. Susan leads Boyes Turner’s clinical negligence group in working with charities like Scope, Cerebra and Meningitis Now which provide invaluable support to the families of disabled children and campaign for greater political, social, medical and individual awareness of the risks of life-changing injury and the needs and rights of the disabled.