Andrew Bentham

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Andrew Bentham

Partner - Injury

Biography

Qualified

2010

Firm Trained With

Parlett Kent Solicitors

Languages Spoken

English

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I am a partner in the clinical negligence department at McMillan Williams.  I joined McMillan Williams in November 2013 having previously worked at Parlett Kent Solicitors, a specialist clinical negligence firm, where I completed my training and qualified as a solicitor in September 2010. I was awarded the 2019 McMillan Williams’ Clinical Negligence Fee Earner of the Year Award.

I have acted for clients across the entire field of medical negligence including:

  • Birth injuries, including erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy claims
  • Neurological injuries, including acquired brain injury claim
  • Spinal injuries
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology, including mesh implant claims
  • Cardiology
  • Anaesthesia, including anaphylactic reaction to administered drugs
  • Management of diabetes, including management of diabetic foot infections
  • Delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis claims, including cancer cases
  • Prescription errors

I have a particular interest in fatal claims, including representation at inquests where a death has arisen from medical negligence. I volunteer with AvMA, a charity for patient safety and justice, in the charity’s Inquest Team.

Recent Successes

  • Urogynaecological claim relating to complications from vaginal mesh surgery performed by Miss Jayne Cockburn, Consultant Gynaecologist, at Frimley Park Hospital in July 2010. The Claimant was awarded damages of £1.1 million.  She was left with severe and life changing complications due to unnecessary surgery.  To find out more click here.
  • Spinal injury claim relating to the failure to diagnose and treat an acute L1 fracture in a 73 year old woman following a fall.  The case settled for £435,000.
  • Orthopaedic claim relating to a failed total hip replacement procedure in a 74 year old woman.  The claim settled for £750,000.
  • Orthopaedic claim relating to the management received at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1999 and 2000 for a serious bone infection in the right tibia.  The client was left with a serious, permanent chronic pain condition which requires extensive medication and which has had a profound effect on his life.  A liability only trial took place on the 7th March 2018 before Her Honour Judge Taylor sitting as a Judge of the High Court.  Her Honour Judge Taylor gave judgment for the Claimant.  Quantum investigations are ongoing.  To find out more click here.
  • Cardiac claim relating to the failure to diagnose a heart condition which led to the Claimant suffering a heart attack.  The claim settled for £110,000.
  • Cardiac claim relating to the failure to identify and respond timely to a bleed from the iliac artery caused during an angiogram to a 74 year old man.  The patient sadly passed away due to multi organ failure.  The case settled for £75,000.
  • GP claim relating to the failure to diagnose and refer for peripheral vascular disease resulting in a 75 year old woman having an above knee amputation.  The case settled for £60,000.
  • Diabetic foot infection claim relating to a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a diabetic foot, which led to a below knee amputation.  Following the amputation the client suffered severe metabolic acidosis and sadly passed away.  The case settled for £25,000.
  • Delay in diagnosis of a benign brain tumour at an audio vestibular clinic.  The case settled for £15,000.
  • Fatal claim relating to the failure by a GP to prescribe the correct inhaler to a 7 year old, following which he suffered a deterioration in his asthmatic condition, which resulted in his death.  We represented the family at the Inquest and in the clinical negligence claim.  The case on behalf of the estate settled for £18,500 and a nervous shock claim brought on behalf of the mother settled for £17,500.  During the lifetime of this case an application to strike out the secondary victim claim was successfully defeated
  • Fatal claim concerning failure to identify and treat a post-operative bleed following a Type A dissection repair.  We represented the family at the Inquest and in the clinical negligence claim.  The case settled for £190,000
  • Fatal claim concerning an 87 year old man who was admitted for an operation to remove bowel cancer.  During two different admissions the patient was sexually and physically assaulted.  The patient subsequently died from a brain haemorrhage.   Allegations were made in relation to failures in care and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998.  The case settled for £70,000.
  • Fatal claim concerning the failure to identify that a CTG trace was suspicious and expedite delivery of the baby.  The baby sadly passed away two days later.  We represented the family at the Inquest and in the clinical negligence claim.  The case settled for £20,000.Fatal claim relating to the perforation of the bladder during catheterisation.  We represented the family at the Inquest and in the clinical negligence claim.  The case settled for £35,000.
  • Fatal claim concerning the failure to identify and treat volvulus of the caecum in a 3 year old boy.  We represented the family at the Inquest and in the clinical negligence claim.  The case settled for £23,000.
  • Fatal claim concerning the treatment a one day old baby received when she was taken to theatre to correct oesophageal atresia and Trancheo-oesphageal fistula.  The case settled for £15,000.

What My Clients Say ABout Me

"I would highly recommend M W Solicitors they have been exceptional in the handling of my Clinical Negligence case.  My special thanks go to Mr Andrew Bentham who has shown me clarity and guidance throughout my case.  He kept me informed at all times I can’t praise him enough. I would also thank him and all his colleagues, for their kindness and caring throughout what was quite a distressing time." - DH (Nov 2019)

Professional Accreditations

  • Legal 500 2019 – London: “The clinical negligence department at McMillan Williams is made up of ‘highly experienced, knowledgeable and reputable lawyers” … “Rising star Andrew Bentham represents clients in inquests and fatal accident claims and is described as ‘immensely hardworking and really sharp’.”
  • Legal 500 2019 – South East: described as a ‘key individual’.
  • Legal 500 2020 – London: “McMillan Williams offers representation to both children and adults in a range of claims involving spinal cord damage, neurological deficit, chronic pain and surgical errors arising from clinical negligence. The London team is headed by Lauren Phillips, who has developed an interest in matters concerning obstetrics, gynaecology and birth injury. Andrew Bentham's expertise spans orthopaedic claims, and he demonstrates particular experience in fatal accident claims and inquests.”
  • Legal 500 2020 – South East: “The clinical negligence group at McMillan Williams handles a variety of catastrophic claims including spinal and brain injuries. Lauren Phillips, who co-leads the team, has expertise in obstetrics and gynaecology, and practice co-head Nicola Mooney has experience in complex brain injury cases in children. Other core team members include Jacqui Hayat and Andrew Bentham”.

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