A breast surgeon has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients in "completely unnecessary" operations.

“A breast surgeon has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients in "completely unnecessary" operations.

Consultant surgeon Ian Paterson, 59, was convicted today of 20 counts of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding against nine women, and one man. The fear, however, is that there may be many more people who have been left scarred by the actions of this rogue breast surgeon.  The NHS has, to date, had to pay out nearly £10m in compensation to more than 250 patients.  In some cases, the surgeon had carried out “cleavage saving” operations on breast cancer patients, which involved leaving some breast tissue, which experts say increases the risk of secondary cancers.  In many cases he left patients unnecessarily scarred for life.

Many of Paterson’s operations were carried out privately at the Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, but for people who paid privately for botched operations, it is still unclear whether they will be able to seek redress, as the Spire Hospital have argued that Paterson is not technically their employee.  A civil case has been brought and seven test cases will be heard later in the year in order to determine the extent that the hospital can be held liable for Paterson’s actions.

David Hawkins, a Clinical Negligence Lawyer at Verisona Law said “This truly shocking, and all the more so if the surgeon was conducting unnecessary surgery for what seems like financial gain.  The area of vicarious liability, where businesses are responsible for the actions of employees, or agents, is a developing one and there are recent decisions which establish that you don’t have to have a conventional employer / employee relationship to establish liability on the part of the employer - there just needs to be a close enough connection between the business and the “employee”.  Clinical Negligence practitioners will be awaiting the outcome of these cases with interest, and I hope for the sake of those affected that they will be able to seek redress.”     

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by medical negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.”

David Hawkins joined Verisona Law from Slater & Gordon, as a Litigation Executive in the Historic Abuse Team in August 2016.

David has almost 20 years’ experience working in Personal Injury law. After working in the insurance sector for many years, firstly in general insurance, then moving to dealing with Personal Injury claims for the insurers, he decided to join the legal profession to uphold and pursue the rights of people who have been injured through no fault of their own.

After 13 years working for firms in West Sussex, acting for Claimants in a wide range of claims, from Road Traffic Accidents, Work Accidents to Clinical Negligence Claims, he has dealt with many complex, high value cases involving severe physical and psychological injuries. David has earned a reputation as a robust litigator, securing the best results for clients, whilst being approachable, explaining often complicated issues in plain English.

‘Verisona Law has a well-respected reputation and achieved a great deal of success in this developing area of law and I wanted to bring my expertise and experience to an impressively dynamic team,’ he says.

David is married with two young children..

Since 2003, David has acted for Claimants in Law Firms across Sussex, including 11 years at Bennett Griffin LLP in Worthing, where he worked with a small dedicated team of personal injury lawyers, dealing with complex high value claims.  David joins Verisona Law from Slater & Gordon, a large national firm, having wanted to get back to his roots of providing a quality, personal service.

David is an accredited Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and has specialist legal experience in the following areas:

  • Child Abuse Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Professional Negligence & Liability
  • Litigation & Disputes



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