Linda Jacobs specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury; inquest and professional regulatory law; and Criminal Injury Compensation Authority Appeal Panel claims. Linda is instructed by unions, organisations, companies, and a wide range of specialist solicitors on behalf of individuals and families. Linda accepts work on a CFA basis.
Linda has extensive advisory and advocacy experience in a broad range of clinical negligence claims, including failure to diagnose and incorrect treatment (for example, failure to investigate and refer a baby with urinary symptoms resulting in renal failure; and negligent hip replacement surgery resulting in permanent disability); delayed diagnosis of cancer; fatal accident claims (for example, failure to diagnose and treat a myocardial infarction; and failure to ensure adequate artificial ventilation); failure to obtain consent, including a successful claim for aggravated damages; and claims involving negligent nursing care, dental negligence, and patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. In addition, Linda has experience of catastrophic injury litigation, including spinal/neurological injury; cerebral palsy, birth-related injuries, and limb amputations.
Linda’s personal injury experience includes workplace claims, occupational illness and disease, road traffic claims, fatal accident claims, product liability, dangerous animal claims, and civil claims under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Linda has particular expertise in representing families at inquests, often preceding successful civil litigation claims. She has also represented care homes. In addition, Linda has experience of appellate advisory work following inquests. Linda been instructed by healthcare practitioners in cases before the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, including interim order hearings. She was junior standing counsel to the British Psychological Society.
Linda has advised and represented applicants before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. In a Pro Bono case, the applicant, who was repeatedly raped by her father as a child, was accepted as eligible for an award of compensation; the award had been disallowed for a failure to apply for compensation within the required time.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Linda was a Sister in intensive care in one of London’s leading teaching hospitals. Her specialist medical knowledge and experience means that she is comfortable dealing with complex medical facts and issues, expert evidence, and quantum cases.
Contributor to Lewis and Buchan: Clinical Negligence: A Practical Guide 7th edition [chapters on inquests, and Low Value Clinical Negligence Claims in Wales]
Dissertation: "A Comparative Study between the Jurisdictions of England and Wales and the State of Victoria Australia of Death Investigation by the Coronial Service and Death Certification" [Awarded a Distinction]
Chaired AvMA's conference Essential Medicine for Lawyers: 2014
Delivered an AvMA London LSG Lecture on Inquests: 2013.
Jones v Dr’s Pinnock and Jackson (GP’s): Inquest and clinical negligence claim for the mismanagement of a patient with Addison’s disease. The conclusion of the Coroner was that death was contributed to by neglect.
Adcock v University Hospital of Leicester : Represented the family at the inquest that has been adjourned after 5 days. In January 2015, the Register in Paediatrics and 2 nurses were charged with gross negligent manslaughter following evidence and expert opinion obtained at the inquest. Also clinical negligence claim.
R (Protected Party via The Official Solicitor) v Lewisham Healthcare Trust : Negligent management of meningitis in a 6-month infant resulting in severe cognitive and behavioural problems (Junior to Patricia Hitchcock QC).
Gorog v Reynolds : RTA resulting in amputation of fingers of a Hungarian student undertaking vacation work in the UK. Required prosthetics.
Davies v Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust : Clinical negligence/delayed diagnosis of spinal abscess resulting in incomplete tetraplegia. Liability and quantum in dispute (Junior to Patricia Hitchcock QC).
B v NHS Trust : Failure to prescribe antibiotics leading to multi-organ failure.
F v GMC : Represented the Registrant at a five day GMC hearing.
J v Nursing and Midwifery Council : Represented the Registrant before an Investigate Committee Interim Order Hearing. The Committee decided not to impose any Interim Orders [including a Suspension Order].
L v Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust : Inquest and clinical negligence claim L was admitted with respiratory difficulties. When she was initially intubated, she received inadequate artificial ventilation and suffered a cardiac arrest. She died four weeks later. Successful settlement of the clinical negligence claim.
K [A Child] v Dr Watson : GP failed to refer K when she was a baby to a specialist for investigations of a urinary tract infection. She later developed a reduction in renal function, and underwent a nephrectomy. Successful settlement.
Cowell v Cowell : Advised the High Court on an ongoing CICAP claim in ancillary relief proceedings. The husband was found guilty of a serious assault on his wife.
A v B NHS Hospitals Trust: Lawtel : A delay in diagnosing a meningococcal infection resulted in septicaemia, bilateral below the knee amputations, loss of fingers, renal failure, and psychological problems. The claimant received £1,250,000 Junior to Simon Taylor QC.