Karl Hirst

Viewing: Clinical Negligence for Karl Hirst

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.
“Karl is a leader in the field and a go-to barrister if you want someone who relates well to clients." "Karl is an excellent senior junior.” “He is exceptionally personable.”
Chambers UK 2023
“Karl is approachable and responsive and is always willing to talk issues through. He has incredible experience and will use tactics cleverly. He is the voice of reason both with clients and instructing solicitors and is straight-talking and practical.”
Legal 500 2023
“He is knowledgeable and intelligent, and his ability to relate to his clients is incredible.” “Very personable and clients love him.”
Chambers UK 2022
“Karl is the perfect combination of technical excellence and a genuine passion to help claimants who have been injured.”
Legal 500 2022
“Superb both with clients and opponents - he is a pleasure to be against.” “He quickly gets to grips with the evidence and really digs his teeth in. He is prepared to fight all the way for his clients.”
Chambers UK 2021
“An excellent tactician who is superb with clients.”
Legal 500 2021
“He really knows his stuff and is empathic and approachable when delivering advice. He’s always ready to take on big, complex cases and makes a success of them.” “He has a really good manner with clients, is very down-to-earth and very good at advocacy.”
Chambers UK 2020
Notable Cases
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.
LLB (Hons)
Pupillage Supervisor
Karl is a Harvard trained advanced mediator

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Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018