Background

Based at Thompsons Solicitors' Bristol office, Madeleine is a senior medical negligence solicitor covering cases across the South West of England and Wales.
Madeleine is also the national co-ordinator for mesh litigation after leading a number of high-profile mesh cases in the Bristol area involving the surgeon Anthony Dixon resulted in Thompsons becoming a lead firm on the issue.
Beginning her career in 1998 as a paralegal and trainee solicitor working on clinical negligence and personal injury claims, Madeleine qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has specialised solely in clinical negligence since 2009.
Madeleine handles a varied caseload of high-value clinical negligence cases, including claims for child birth injuries, brain injuries (including cerebral palsy), amputations, orthopaedic injuries, cauda equina syndrome and mesh cases.
In addition, Madeleine represents cancer and stroke victims who have suffered delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses as well as families whose loved ones have passed away as a result of medical negligence.
Whether supervising junior executives and solicitors, carrying out her role of co-ordinator with national responsibility for mesh cases or working on her own caseload, Madeleine ensures tenacious investigation of all cases to ensure clients who have suffered a life-altering injury receive maximum compensation.

Madeleine also focuses on obtaining interim payments where applicable so that the client can obtain specialist rehabilitation or accommodation.

The most rewarding thing about being a Thompsons solicitor for Madeleine is working for a company that only represents those that have been injured and being able to support clients during what can be an extremely difficult and stressful time in their lives.

A mum of two, Madeleine is a keen sea rower and has participated in the World Gig Rowing Championships in the Isles of Scilly. She coordinates her gig club’s youth team, encouraging the development of the next generation of sea rowers. Madeleine supports and fundraises for Cerebral Palsy Plus and is a former chair and trustee of the charity.

 

Madeleine's case experience 

  • Supervision of more than 100 former patients of surgeon Anthony Dixon, who is alleged to have performed surgical procedures that left individuals in excruciating pain, as well as suffering from medical complications. 
  • Represented a client who as a result of the hospital’s negligence suffered cerebral palsy. Whilst the claim is ongoing, Madeleine was instrumental in obtaining substantial interim payments totalling £800,000 for the purchase of single storey accommodation adapted to the child’s needs.
  • Secured a six-figure settlement at a joint settlement meeting for a client who had negligently suffered a below knee amputation. The hospital admitted it was at fault as it failed to ensure systems were in place to prevent pressure sores. 
  • Represented a client who, following a fracture of the radial bone in the right wrist, the surgeon used a locking plate and screws, rather than the K wire to which she had consented, which caused nerve damage to the wrist. The patient suffered long term injuries after the surgery and a settlement of £145,000 was secured.

 

Professional membership

Madeleine is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel.

 

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