Marguarita is a partner in the Clinical Negligence team. She joined Clarke Willmott in 2015 and specialises in adult and child brain injury cases, including those arising as a result of meningitis, encephalitis, brain surgery and hypoxic damage as a result of birth injuries. She also works closely with and supports local charity Brain Tumour Support and is experienced in advising on a wide range of cases arising from delays in tumour diagnosis.
Delayed stroke diagnosis
A particular specialism is in acting for stroke patients who have suffered permanent neurological injury as a result of delayed stroke diagnosis or treatment.
In addition to brain injury cases, she is known for her work in other areas including serious spinal injury and amputation and is very experienced in catastrophic injury arising from medical treatment.
In fatal cases, Marguarita will advise on the Inquest process if this has not yet taken place and has experience of Pre Inquest Review, advising on evidence and witnesses and attendance at the coroner’s court. She is also experienced in Article 2 proceedings and jury Inquests. She will support families through this process and any ensuing claim.
Working with Marguarita
Marguarita is focused and has a keen sense of the importance of the case and that she has the privileged position of being able to support individuals and their families at a time of great trauma who share their most profound concerns. She tenaciously pursues a favourable outcome for her clients and is well respected by clients, experts and counsel. She works to identify and resolve tough issues early and provides clear, unambiguous advice to clients.
Recognition of skills
Marguarita’s expertise and skill has been recognised by her accreditation as a member of both the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) specialist Medical Negligence panels.
She receives excellent feedback for her presentations to junior lawyers on behalf of AvMA and regularly delivers training to other interested groups including Brain Tumour Support and Encephalitis Society.
What do others say about Marguarita?
Marguarita’s skills have been recognised by the legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers where she has been described as ‘excellent, very thorough and very client-focused’, ‘real talent’, highly professional at all times’, ‘an excellent lawyers who is recognised for her deft handling of client interests’, ‘very pragmatic and very good with the oversight of cases’
Stroke cases involving effectiveness of aspirin in preventing stroke after TIA including taking a case to trial with successful costs order for defendant conduct
Spinal cord injection resulting in incomplete paraplegia and significant neuropathic damage and pain; claim settled with substantial care package for life
Paediatric brain injury and amputation cases arising from failure to promptly diagnose and treat meningitis
Consent in private medical care and failure to advise on conservative treatment rather than further surgery resulting in serious neuropathic pain post surgery and avoidable operations
Failure to report on histology and advise patient of findings of cancer of the appendix resulting in late diagnosis and treatment of cancer and premature death
Inquests for elderly patients following misplaced nasogastric tube leading to death, pacemaker lead misplacement leading to death, and dispensing error leading to incorrect medication resulting in death
Mismanaged labour – cerebral palsy resulting from delayed decision to deliver a baby by caesarean section with profound consequences; claim settled with substantial care package for life
Delayed diagnosis of placental abruption and failure to deliver by caesarean section, maximum severity injury
Failure to diagnose and treat compartment syndrome in leg, young male patient resulting in significant lifelong disability
Surgical failure, clamped aorta during kidney surgery resulting in lower limb vascular and ischaemic damage, young male patient medically retired
Failure to recognise and treat hydrocephalus resulting in loss of vision in addition to original brain injury
Sources say that she is ‘very pragmatic and very good with the oversight of cases’.