Medical Negligence Solicitors

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

The highest-rated medical negligence solicitors in Middlesbrough

If you’ve suffered as a result of a medical mistake, Patient Claim Line can help. As the UK’s highest-rated medical negligence solicitors on Trustpilot, we understand fully how devastating medical negligence can be and the impact it can have on your life and prospects. Our specialist solicitors represent negligence cases from patients across Middlesbrough and surrounding areas, and are experienced in bringing claims against a number of local hospitals and Trusts.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional, institution or clinic fails to provide an appropriate level of care to their patient. For example, a doctor may misdiagnose a patient’s condition, despite visible warning symptoms; or a surgical procedure could lead to complications when it is performed incorrectly. If the mistake or error is due to negligence that caused the patient avoidable injury, harm or suffering, then the patient could be entitled to make a medical negligence claim and receive compensation. The effects of medical negligence can be life-altering, and whilst compensation cannot reverse the effects of negligent treatment, it can help patients to move on with their lives and build some security for the future.

For more information on medical negligence, read our medical negligence guide.

We’ve helped patients in Middlesbrough since 2014

Since 2014, we’ve handled medical negligence claims for thousands of people across the UK, including Middlesbrough. Our solicitors are not just lawyers, they’re medical negligence experts and are experienced in dealing with all aspects of medical negligence, from misdiagnosis to prescription errors. Our expert legal team can quickly assess your case and let you know if you have a claim, and can then guide you through the legal process to help build the best case.

No win no fee medical negligence advice

We believe that everyone should have the right to qualified legal aid, that’s why we work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. We understand that costly legal fees can sometimes put patients off making a claim, so our ‘no win no fee’ service ensures that if you lose your case, you don’t have to pay any solicitor’s fees or costs. If your case is successful, you only have to pay your solicitor fees – all additional costs will be covered by the losing party.

Contact a solicitor that serves Middlesborough

As the UK’s highest-rated medical negligence solicitors, Patient Claim Line currently deals with 1 in 10 of all medical negligence cases across England and Wales. Our dedicated team of medical malpractice experts handle hundreds of cases a year and always approach every case with care and compassion.

As one of the biggest cities in the North East of England, our solicitors are experienced in dealing with claims against Trusts in Middlesbrough, including:

  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG
  • NHS North Durham CCG
  • NHS South Tees CCG
  • NHS Sunderland CCG
  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Claim types covered

Our expert team have successfully settled cases across a number of different specialisms, including (but not limited to):

Why choose our expert medical negligence solicitors?

With over 100 solicitors based throughout the UK and a combined experience of more than 400 years, you can trust Patient Claim Line to handle your medical negligence claim. Our specialist solicitors are skilled in building effective cases and will work with you to gather the right evidence and documents to support your case. We approach every case with compassion and sensitivity, and will manage the compensation claims process for you – so you can move on from medical negligence and focus on the future.

What our customers say

“Patient Claim Line were very, very good throughout all of this. Amy Kirk who handled my case has been super.”

– A customer, who due to the nature of her case wishes to remain anonymous, commenting on her experience of working with Solicitor Amy Kirk.

View all case studies here.

Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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Sarah's Story

"Now we have peace of mind"

My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.