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Helen Pagett

Call 2008

Clinical Negligence

Helen has an extensive clinical negligence practice and represents both Claimants and Defendants (NHS and individuals in private practice). Helen is happy to accept cases on a CFA.

Recent cases Helen has been involved in include:

Claimants

  • NS (Minor) – advising and obtaining settlement for a family where a 5 year old boy was negligently discharged by a hospital when suffering a sickle cell crisis. The child sadly died 48 hours later.
  • NB – advising and obtaining settlement in a case of missed Os Acromiale of the shoulder.
  • JW – advising and obtaining settlement in a case where there was a delay in diagnosing the Deceased’s lung cancer.

Helen has several ongoing case including:

  • incorrectly performed gynaecological surgery;
  • failure to obtain informed consent before procedures; and
  • inadequate district nursing care for pressure sores.

Defendants

Helen has an extensive Defendant practice. Recent cases she has been involved in include:

  • SK (unreported) – Successfully striking out a case brought by a prisoner for alleged delay in diagnosing his COPD.
  • SL – Claim arising out of a minor injury to the bile duct during a cholecystectomy. In this pre-QOCS matter, Helen represented the NHS Trust where the surgery was performed. Helen advised that this matter should be defended. Helen represented the Trust at various interlocutory matters. A week before trial the Claimant discontinued.
  • Helen is currently instructed by the NHS in an obstetric case, where the costs of surrogacy are pursued by the Claimant.
  • Helen is also currently instructed by the NHS in a multi-million pound cauda equina case.
  • Drafting pleadings, attending interlocutory hearings, advising and attendance in conference in cases involving the following allegations:
    • Failure to diagnose/delay in diagnosing cancer: including cervical cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer
    • Mental health: failure to prevent suicide
    • Obstetric care: failing to induce/perform a c-section earlier, incorrectly performing a c-section, failing to manage an ectopic pregnancy correctly and failure to plan and manage placenta accreta
    • Nursing care: alleged failures in nursing care in respect of pressure sores
    • Orthopaedic cases: failing to manage nerve damage following hip surgery, failing to diagnose and/or treat fractures appropriately and incorrectly performed spinal surgery
    • Bariatric surgery: failing to consent a Claimant before a procedure and negligently performed surgery
    • Physiotherapy: failing to put in place appropriate care plans and carry out a sufficient risk assessment before commencing physiotherapy
    • Vascular surgery: failing to obtain informed consent and failure to manage post-surgery complications, including DVTs.
    • General surgery: failing to diagnose and treat sepsis sooner, failure to diagnose and treat a perforated bowel sooner, failure to follow surgeons advice post-surgery and failure to remove all of the appendix during an appendectomy
    • Plastic surgery: including failure to obtain informed consent, failure to perform biopsies prior to surgery and negligently performed surgery
    • Abuse: including failure to treat a patient who had suffered Satanic Ritual Abuse appropriately

Selected Cases

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Qualifications


  • 2007 – 2008 – BVC (Very Competent) Inner Temple Exhibition
  • 2006 – 2007 – GDL (Commendation)
  • 2005 – 2006 – Probationary Research Student (History of Medicine) University of Oxford Thomas Linacre Studentship
  • 2004 – 2005 – MA Philosophy (HPSM) (Distinction) (Dunelm) MA Wellcome Trust Studentship
  • 2001 – 2004 – BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (1st Class) (Dunelm)

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Member of PIBA


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