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Mary heads up our medical negligence and serious personal injury practice in Bristol. In addition to complex medical negligence cases, she specialises in inquests, public inquiries, and serious or life-changing personal injury claims. She has a particular interest in cases giving rise to declarations under the Human Rights Act.
Patient safety expertise
A patient safety expert, Mary believes passionately, in the valuable role claimant lawyers play in supporting clients to achieve just and fair resolutions and pushing for improvements in healthcare standards.
Mary’s strong healthcare background working in-house in the complaints and litigation department for a large NHS Trust, as well as an auxiliary nurse in both the NHS and the private sector during her legal training, means she has an in-depth understanding of how the healthcare system works.
High profile medical negligence and mental healthcare negligence cases she’s been involved in include misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of serious illnesses, surgical and prescribing errors and claims involving perinatal and postnatal depression.
Mary is proud of the results she has achieved for her clients and the difference she has been able to make in their lives. She has been fortunate to be involved in several cases which have gone on to have a far wider impact. These include ensuring safe working practices and systems, improving patient safety within the community, GP, nursing home and hospital settings, to recommendations for the implementation of new National Guidelines.
Mary is currently supporting Anne and Graeme Dixon, the parents of Elizabeth Dixon, a baby who sustained a brain injury due to hospital negligence in 2000 and then tragically died in December 2001 after community care package failures. Dr Bill Kirkup’s Dixon Inquiry has been widely reported by the media.
“Mary Smith’s expert help, guidance and support have been invaluable to us. Since the day she first spoke to us, she has shown us total commitment, kindness and compassion. She believed in what we were saying, she studied our evidence and like us, was determined for the truth to be recognised and for good to come from all that had gone wrong in our daughter’s care.”
Activities and Achievements
She is on the LexisNexis Consulting Editorial Board for Medical Negligence and Personal Injury and is a Contributing Editor to APIL’s Personal Injury practitioner journal, published by LexisNexis.
Mary is an experienced public speaker and has given many patient safety talks, including a Keynote Address for the Westminster Health Forum.