Based at Thompsons Solicitors' Newcastle-upon-Tyne centre, Clair Wilson is a highly accomplished clinical negligence lawyer and a supervisor of colleagues in the clinical negligence and serious injury units which cover North Eastern England, Yorkshire & Humberside and Cumbria.
While Clair manages other solicitors, she also runs her own caseload involving particularly complex and high-value litigation. The excellence of her work has been recognised by The Law Society, which is the professional body for solicitors.
Clair represents clients who have undergone life-changing injuries and illnesses, caused or exacerbated by medical incompetence and delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of potentially fatal conditions such as cancer. Sometimes patients have died as a direct result of the clinical errors.
The cases taken by Clair involve injuries sustained during delivery (such as cerebral palsy), injuries to the brain, loss of limbs and injuries to the spinal column (cauda equina syndrome in particular, an extremely serious condition involving pressure on the nerves at the bottom of the spine).
Clair became a solicitor in 2001, and during the first part of her career represented clients suffering from a range of personal injuries. Cases involved employer’s liability, public liability and road accidents. Her work also involved people who were suffering stress, deafness, Repetitive Strain Injury and exposure to hazardous substances. Clair is committed - like Thompsons as a whole – to representing exclusively the victims of injustice and not those who are responsible for their plight, or their insurance companies.
Clair is proud of her record of giving clients the best possible professional advice and cherishes the accolades she regularly receives from clients. Clair’s aim is always to win the highest possible compensation in the shortest time possible.
In her spare time Clair spends as much time as possible with her husband and sons and enjoys fell walking in the Lake District.
Clair's case experience
- Secured £170,000 compensation for a teacher who specialised in teaching horticulture to children with special needs as a result of a botched knee replacement operation.
- Represented a man who had his right leg amputated above the knee due to a delay of nearly a week in diagnosing a serious condition. Clair secured compensation of £1.7m.
- Recovered more than £528,000 for a client who was forced to undergo a below knee amputation after she broke her right ankle. The woman’s consultant said the fracture should be left alone for at least five days, however another orthopaedic consultant took a different view and operated two days later.
- Advised her client to reject an offer to settle by the hospital which denied liability. Clair established that her client’s home was not suitable for an amputee and that she needed to purchase a different property and that should be reflected in the compensation.
- Secured £250,000 compensation for a client who developed discitis, a permanent disability, which was the result of delay of diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome and a surgery gone wrong. The hospital denied liability but compensation was eventually settled.
- Secured £48,000 settlement for multiple claims after a baby boy of one of Clair's clients died when the midwife failed to monitor the unborn baby's heartrate during labour when it would have shown abnormalities.
Clair is a member of the Law Society's clinical negligence panel which is testimony to her widely respected expertise and knowledge in her specialism. Clair is also a member of the medical negligence charity, AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents), which provides free independent advice and support to people affected by medical accidents.