Katie McCraith

Partner

Email
katie.mccraith@hughjames.com
Department telephone
029 2039 1135

Since 2005 I have exclusively undertaken clinical negligence work. I have experience in a wide variety of areas. I have a specialist interest in orthopaedic, gynaecological and cardiac claims and cases involving gallbladder injuries, as well as delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer.

I am currently involved in a specialised investigation into the inappropriate prescription of anticonvulsant medication to pregnant ladies and the effects of the medication on babies in utero and the potentially significant care requirements needed by children born with mental and physical disabilities.

I run free legal advice clinics in the Bridgend area and I am always happy to provide free and impartial advice on any potential claim.

I have secured six-figure sums for many clients in successful cases but treat all cases equally irrespective of value.

I am on the Law Society Accreditation panel for Clinical Negligence and a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.

Expertise

All aspects of clinical negligence, including:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Cardiology
  • Cosmetic claims
  • Delay in diagnosis and missed diagnosis of cancer
  • Fatalities
  • Claim against GPs, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and private consultants and claims involving inappropriate prescriptions of medications, in particular, sodium valproate/anticonvulsant medications
  • General surgical cases, in particular, claims of negligence involving delays in diagnosing appendicitis, bile duct injuries and bladder and bowel damage.

Trained at Howells Solicitors – 2002 – 2004
Qualified:  2004
Currently: 14 years PQE
Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2014
Partner at Hugh James: 2017

Katie initially qualified into personal injury and litigation and spent nine months at Howells before moving to Lyons Davidson in 2005, where she solely practiced clinical negligence for five and a half years before moving to Hugh James in June 2010 where she continues to deal exclusively with clinical negligence claims.

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Experience

Recent settlements:

  • Fracture to claimant’s right humerus whilst undergoing examination under anaesthetic causing severe and ongoing disability – £150,000.00
  • Negligent gall bladder injury with ongoing effects – £200,000.00
  • Nerve damage and foot drop following total hip replacement – £110,000.00
  • Fatal delay in diagnosing heart attack – £300,000.00
  • Negligent knee replacement operation – £180,000.00
  • Negligent bowel damage – £290,000

“May I take this opportunity to thank yourself and colleagues for the magnificent work you have done in pursuing my claim. Without your help and expertise this would not have been possible.”
Anonymous

“We are so very grateful for your kindness, consideration and sympathy and your unflinching support throughout the whole process. You have guided us every step of the way and have been a great source of encouragement.”
Anonymous

“I was so pleased with the settlement offer and thanks to your expertise we got a great result. I cannot thank you enough, and can now put the nightmare behind me and move forward knowing that justice has been served.”
Anonymous

“You have done a wonderful job for N over the years. It can’t have been easy for her and you have helped her every step of the way; encapsulates just what the very best lawyers do”
Quote from an expert

“You work so hard – not just the time you put in (which is LOTS), but also with the thought you give the cases, and how much you care about the clients and the outcomes you get for them.”
Quote from counsel

Education

  • Mary Immaculate Secondary School, County Clare, Ireland
  • Barnet College, North London
  • Cardiff University LLB Law
  • Cardiff University Diploma in Legal Practice (Legal Practice course)

What do you love most about your job?

I really love helping people, whether this involves advice on small claims or assisting with serious and traumatic injuries.  Assisting people through the legal process in a friendly and empathetic manner is what I strive for.

What do you like to do outside work?

I enjoy cooking, especially baking, reading, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

 

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