Based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office, Fiona Belgian is one of the firm’s highly-specialised and experienced lawyers working within the serious injury and medical negligence solicitors teams. Fiona has an enviable record of success in representing clients from all over Cumbria, Yorkshire & Humberside and the North East.
As part of her medical negligence specialism, Fiona takes claims concerning both the National Health Service and the private healthcare system, involving mistakes during and post-surgery and serious delays in diagnosis. Cases can involve birth traumas such as cerebral palsy and claims from clients suffering from cancer.
She started her career in the legal profession in 2000, qualifying as a solicitor in 2002 and joining Thompsons a year later. Fiona uses her skill and experience to win the highest possible compensation for clients to aid their rehabilitation and secure their future.
Like Thompsons itself, Fiona believes in securing justice for those injured through no fault of their own, rather than representing those responsible for the injury or their insurance companies. She points out that she works for a firm which is committed to seeking justice, whether through its legal work or its public campaigns. Fiona values Thompsons philosophy of combining the best legal expertise in the UK with a caring approach towards clients.
Away from work much of Fiona’s time is spent with her family, especially her daughter and twin sons. When she can find the time she goes running.
Fiona’s case experience
- Fiona won substantial compensation for factory worker Ian Slowther, who lost his right leg below the knee when he was involved in an accident at work. Ian had been trying to walk over a conveyor belt which suddenly started up and dragged him feet first into the rollers.
- Fiona secured £13,000 in compensation for her client who suffered the trauma of a highly invasive operation for breast cancer only to be told she did not have the condition.
- Fiona was successful in a case involving Home Group, an employer in Whitehaven, who routinely provided workers with ladders that were too short to reach heights and failed to train staff in the safest way to work at heights. They paid compensation after a labourer suffered a serious hernia.
Fiona is a member of Action against Medical Accidents, a charity which campaigns for patient safety & justice.