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Background

Karl Hirst

Call: 1997

Karl Hirst is a specialist in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury, with a number of years experiance behind him.

Expertise

Clinical Negligence

For a long time Karl has been recognised in the legal directories as a “real star in the senior-junior group” and thrives on securing great outcomes, even in difficult cases. He is hailed as “an excellent counsel in every respect”. His practice in conducting high-value cases involving devastating injuries is busy and well established.

Although well versed in neuro, spinal and birth injuries, claimants and defendants alike seek Karl’s input as an advisor and advocate across all cases of particular complexity or sensitivity involving a range of clinical disciplines and multitrack values.

Karl’s experienced and insightful approach, along with a great bedside manner, make him a real asset to challenging litigation. Priding himself on being attentive, accessible and responsive, you will find Karl an invaluable member of your specialist team.

The half dozen or so digests of some of Karl’s cases below provide a flavour of his practice.

Notable Clinical Negligence Cases


D v NWL

In this pelvic mesh claim (TVT/TVTO – surgical negligence), the Claimant recovered damages to reflect a perforated bladder, pain and urinary incontinence that required corrective surgery.


Re: W

Lapses in the quality of diagnostic attempts and treatment arising in a neonate with meningitis.


W v W

Negligently performed hip surgery, settled at GBP 700,000.


M v C

Incorrectly fulfilled prescription in an elderly patient (anti-psychotic medication instead of vitamins) with an adverse reaction to the medicine received, leading to neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Settled at GBP 700,000.


H v N

Failure to diagnose an aortic tear resulted in treatment requiring medication to which there was a recognised adverse reaction (neuroleptic malignant syndrome) and an untimely death.


A v L

Inquest resulting in a verdict of neglect following the inadequate nursing care of a patient who developed horrific bed sores which contributed to death.


A v K

Negligent ritual circumcision by a GP, where the GP denied having performed the procedure.


Re: K

Failure to diagnose herpes simple virus leading to death. Value: GBP 1m.


U v N

Delayed treatment of cervical myelopathy leading to serious permanent disability. Value GBP 1.5m.


Personal Injury

According to the directories, Karl is “an excellent counsel in every respect” and “a real star in the senior-junior group”.

Karl’s real interest is in working hard as part of a team to secure outstanding results that matter to his clients. His experienced insight is matched by a great bedside manner and a commitment to being attentive, accessible and responsive. He is a valuable component in any specialist team.

Karl’s experience spans RTA, EL and PL cases and is now largely focused on cases involving brain and spinal injuries, chronic pain conditions, fatalities and severe orthopaedic injuries.

Half a dozen or so digested cases below provide a taster of the nature of Karl’s personal injury practice.

Notable Personal Injury Cases


J v L

The Defendant alleged dishonesty and drip fed evidence in this RTA up to the trial. Won the week-long trial, beating the Defendant’s several offers to settle by over GBP 150,000.


Re: M

CICA case involving complex legal issues requiring the establishment of trusts in order to demonstrate eligibility under the Scheme. Value exceeding GBP 5m.


K v I

A fatal accident claim involving novel areas of law as applied to the particular facts of a devout Mormon family, whose significant charitable contributions and extended periods of dependency due to 2 year missionary service, made the issues in this case out of the ordinary.


G v B

Upper limb pain disorder arising out of RSI, complicated in this case by the fact that both the Claimant and the Claimant’s spouse were profoundly deaf and communicated using sign language. Acting for the Defendant, settlement negotiated at GBP 1/4m.


B v M

A cyclist riding without a cycle helmet was knocked down and suffered a head injury causing intermittently debilitating headache and sleep symptoms which were inexplicable by conventional medical understanding. Involved groundbreaking evidence from the world’s foremost experts in the field. Settled GBP 1/2m.


Re: D

An occupiers case involving a child who suffered devastating head injuries. This complex claim settled in the form of a lump sum and periodical payments, yielding a value of GBP 2m/6m.


CCR/3425/2003

An appeal to determine the extent to which evidence in compensation proceedings should be considered admissible in a subsequent appeal against a Certificate of Recoverable Benefits.


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  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • LLB (Hons)
  • Pupillage Supervisor
  • Karl is a Harvard trained advanced mediator

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No5 Double Act defeat claims of negligence against brain injured child pedestrian and his mother

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Clerk Team

William Theaker

Practice Director, Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury

williamt@no5.com

07494 070989

Clare Radburn

Practice Director, Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

clarer@no5.com

07809 407950

Pete Mottram

Practice Manager, Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury (Multi-Track)

peterm@no5.com

Matthew Reeves

Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury (Multi Track) and Regulatory Clerk

matthewr@no5.com

Tracey Witherford

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury (Multi-Track) Clerk

traceyw@no5.com

Morgan Smith

Clinical Negligence (Multi-Track) & Personal Injury Clerk

morgans@no5.com

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