Recent Brain Injury Client Stories

31 Jan 2022 | Stephanie Prior

Osbornes Law specialises in helping families who have suffered a brain injury as a result of medical negligence.

Our specialist team is led by brain injury lawyer, Stephanie Prior, who has over twenty-five years of experience in helping families hold NHS Trusts to account for avoidable mistakes and medical negligence. Before Stephanie qualified as a lawyer she was a senior NHS nurse. This means she is very familiar with medical terminology and procedures. She is, therefore, able to quickly identify any anomalies in medical records, which may help in bringing a claim against the NHS Trust.

Stephanie is also able to support you and guide you through the inquest procedure.

Below are some of Stepanie’s most recent brain injury claims.

NHS admit liability after negligence leads to brain injury claim

Stephanie Prior acted for her client who sustained a significant brain injury leaving her in a minimally conscious state until her death 19 months later. The claim against the NHS Foundation Trust related to an overdose of Lidocaine given to the Claimant which caused her a cardiac arrest. There was a delay in treating the cardiac arrest which led to the Claimant suffering permanent brain damage. Tragically, she was in a persistent vegetative state from December 2016 until her death in April 2019.

Breach & Causation was admitted by the NHS Foundation Trust and the widower of our client successfully pursued a claim following her death.

Negligent brain surgery leads to patient death

Stephanie Prior is acting for the family of a woman who underwent brain surgery to cure her epilepsy. During the surgery, the consultant surgeon became unwell and stopped the surgery. He then continued with the surgery but inadvertently cut the Claimant’s brain stem. This led to her death 12 days later. A criminal investigation is ongoing. An inquest will then take place and then the civil claim will be pursued. The case is complex and complicated by the criminal investigation.

Care package allows brain injured client to return home 

Stephanie Prior acted for a woman who had a fall and sustained a fractured skull and a subdural haematoma in three areas of her brain. There was a delay by the NHS Trust in transferring her to a neurosurgical unit and a failure to follow NICE guidelines. She underwent neurosurgery 10 days later. Our client lost all mobility and required 24-hour care. She moved into a care home and then returned to live with her husband 5 years later with a bespoke care package.

Failure in diagnosis leads to catastrophic brain injury

Stephanie Prior is acting for a young woman in her 20’s who has sustained a catastrophic brain injury due to a delay in diagnosing and treating a blockage in the shunt in her brain. She had the shunt in situ since shortly after birth to drain fluid because of hydrocephalus. She has undergone 8 brain surgeries and has a significant brain injury. She requires 24-hour care and attendance. She has a baby daughter who she is separated from and cannot care for. Her husband cares for their child.

Our client and her husband are Romanian and Osbornes provide a Romanian speaking solicitor to attend all meetings with the client’s husband and her family. 

Failure to diagnose leads to permanent brain injury

Stephanie Prior is acting for a woman who sustained a significant brain injury leaving her in a minimally conscious state until her death less than two years later. The claim against the NHS Trust relates to a failure to diagnose a medical condition that could and should have been treated with medication. Instead, she underwent brain surgery which led to her permanent brain injury. 

To speak with Stephanie about your situation and to find out if it may be possible for you to bring a claim please contact Stephanie. You can fill in the form below and we will get back to you.

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    • "She works tirelessly for her clients and is incredibly focused on their needs. Attention to detail is key and she is meticulous."

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    • "She's a very committed lawyer and always has the best interest of the client at heart."

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    • "I know [we have] expressed our appreciation, but I also wanted to thank you for all your hard work, time and patience in pursuing mum’s claim through to a successful outcome - your kind and professional approach was genuinely appreciated."

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    • “May I take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and true compassion in yet another very tough year of representation on the behalf of my wife. I certainly must say you did it all with amazing stamina and positivity which regenerated my self-esteem…. You honestly eased the pain and I can see a healing process ahead.”

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    • Stephanie has developed a particularly strong reputation for her handling of birth injury claims, as well as cases concerning surgical negligence and delays in surgery.

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    • "Stephanie Prior takes on complex cases and gets excellent results. She has a background in medicine which serves her clients well and is a realistic but tough litigator."

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    • "Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes."

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    • Stephanie’s background in medicine gives her an ability to read between the lines where medical records and expert evidence are concerned and is a great asset.

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    • "Her knowledge base is second to none and her understanding of the litigation process stands out, as does her ability to work collaboratively."

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    • "Stephanie Prior... manages a varied caseload, including obstetric claims, child and adult brain injury cases and fatal and non-fatal spinal cord injury cases."

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    • "Stephanie is experienced, knowledgeable of all aspects of clinical negligence work, and strategic in running cases."

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    • Stephanie Prior is always very professional and kind. Highly recommended.

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    • Stephanie Prior is ‘very warm’ and ‘caring’, and an ‘exceptional professional’.

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    • Stephanie Prior continues to receive widespread praise from clients, who state that she explains the legal aspects of the case very clearly, and she is also a caring person who handles cases on a personal level.

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