Lucy qualified in 2007 and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a Commissioner of Oaths. She joined Russell-Cooke's personal injury and clinical negligence team in 2015, having worked in this area of law for over 20 years.
Her expertise covers cases involving alleged negligence on the part of hospitals, individual doctors, and other medical practitioners. Her work also includes a wide range of personal injury cases.
Lucy helps those who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of negligence, including for mothers and children in childbirth-related injuries, misdiagnoses of cancer cases, lack of consent in surgery and delays or misdiagnosis of medical emergencies and conditions. She also represents families in fatal accidents through medical negligence and personal injury cases and acts for families at inquests.
MP V Kingston Hospital NHS FT
Our client MP was injured on March 2012 when she fell down a flight of 10 stairs onto a stone floor. She sustained injuries to her left wrist, shoulder and elbow. She was x-rayed at a local hospital and then transferred to Kingston Hospital. The x-rays taken showed a displaced fracture of the capitallum of the left elbow. However, these were not reviewed by the defendant trust, nor were new x-rays obtained. Instead she was treated by way of two manipulations under anaesthetic on July 2012 and December 2012 and had a surgical release in April 2013.
She sought a second opinion in November 2013 when the old fractures were identified. Despite further surgery she continued to experience significant pain, stiffness in the left elbow and restriction of movement which impacted upon her day to day living and future employment. Whilst some breaches were admitted the Hospital Trust failed to admit causation. The matter was eventually settled by way of a mediation with the NHS, for £50,000.
Ms V Epson & St Helier NHS Trust
Our client was admitted to hospital on 27 October 2011 for elective hysterectomy and oophorectomy. She was discharged home. She was admitted 6 weeks later with seizure and headaches and disorientation. She was discharged home and the seizures were put down to high blood pressure. It wasn't until she had an outpatient client appointment and was referred by her GP to urology that a scan showed that she had a non-functioning small kidney. It would appear that the ureter was damaged in the course of the operation and this had caused kidney failure, high blood pressure and seizures. The claim was complex and it was alleged that the defendant had failed to diagnose acute onsets of the hypertension as well being secondary to acute kidney injury due to ureteric obstruction. Causation was complex with multiple experts required to comment from urology to obstruction to gynaecology. Proceedings were issued and a defence was filed denying liability and causation. Our client wished to conclude the matter and the case was concluded by way of a Tomlin Order for £60,000.
DB V Others
Lucy Lawson conducted this case which arose when the claimant fell through an open cellar door in the floor in a restaurant on 28 October 2016. The claimant fell some 12 feet and was knocked unconscious. The claimant suffered multiple injuries including head laceration and soft tissue injuries of varying severity to her temple, neck, shoulders, elbows, left side of the upper body, upper back and legs. The defendants did not admit liability. They alleged the claimant should have noticed the cellar door was open. The claimant became aware of evidence and made a pre-action application for CCTV evidence which was not forthcoming but subsequently the defendants admitted liability following service of without prejudice witness statements. Case settled pre litigation for £38,000.
SP V Other
The claimant was an 84 year old pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on 21 December 2016 and sustained serious injury including serious head injury, a subarachnoid haemorrhage, intraparenchymal bleed, multiple head lacerations, a zycoma fracture, multiple undisplaced rib fractures and a calf haematoma. The claimant lacked capacity and was in a coma and liability was initially disputed by the defence. The claimant could give no evidence regarding the circumstances. Liability investigations were undertaken and police then decided to prosecute and the defendant was found guilty of driving without due care and attention. The claimant required substantial support in the form of care and assistance and aids and adaptations in order to return home. Russell-Cooke arranged for the claimant to have extensive rehabilitation which was eventually funded by the defendants to ensure a transition home. The claimant proceeded to make a good recovery and regained capacity but was left with a risk of delayed head injury epilepsy. Time was of the essence given the claimant's age to settle the claim sooner rather than later and negations began. The case was concluded expeditiously for the claimant's benefit. Case settled for £85,000.
Achieved £450,000 out of court settlement for a 23-year-old woman following injury sustained after a procedure to repair her chest wall, following a diagnosis of asymmetric pectus excavatum.
Acted on behalf of a client who suffered a haemorrhage after giving birth, losing more than half her blood volume. A financial settlement of £21,000 was agreed.
Obtained £65,000 for a client with hearing damage caused by prescribed medication.
Mrs Liezel Travers, executor of the estate of Robert Travers V Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust & King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Obtained an £180,000 out of court settlement for a client who brought an action on behalf of the estate of the deceased who died from cryptococcal meningitis on 24th December 2015.
The Deceased was admitted to the emergency department of Maidstone 27th February 2015 with suspected meningitis. Despite commencing the treatment for meningitis, no lumbar puncture was performed. Had a lumbar puncture been performed, this would have revealed an abnormal result but also would have confirmed the absence of either bacterial or viral meningitis. Instead, the deceased was discharged on 28th February 2015 and reassured his condition would resolve with time. The Deceased returned to Maidstone Hospital on 8th March 2015 with deterioration in his condition. By 19th March 2015, the Deceased had developed severe bilateral papilloedema. An urgent lumbar puncture was requested and performed on that day. The results were abnormal and meningitis was suspected. This led to the diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis on 21st March 2015, following which the deceased was transferred to King's College Hospital. The use of steroids was contraindicated in the absence of any space occupying lesion as these would (i) disseminate the disease (ii) reduce the lymphocyte levels further and (iii) induce diabetes. On 27th March 2015, the 2nd defendant commenced the deceased on 60mg prednisolone. By 7th April 2015, a weaning off from steroids commenced. However, the extent of cryptococcoma was such that treatment to resolve the meningitis was not effective. The deceased deteriorated and was transferred to palliative care on 15th December 2015. He died on Christmas Eve 2015.
Liability was denied save in respect of Defendant 1 who admits a lumbar puncture should have been performed shortly after 8th March 2015.