Clare Forster is a key member of the clinical negligence team in Manchester having previously qualified and then worked in the firm’s serious injury department working on cases across England and Wales.
Clare’s high-value medical negligence practice ranges from failure to treat cases, those arising from missed or delayed diagnosis and surgical errors. She also deals with cases of inadequate consent and has acted for the family of patients who have lost their lives due to medical error.
Having joined Thompsons in 2016, Clare qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and worked on catastrophic injury claims for clients who had sustained life-changing injuries caused by road traffic accidents or accidents at work.
Clare is committed to obtaining the maximum possible damages for her clients in the shortest possible time but never fails to be up front with her clients about the stages in a claim and the time a case may take. Always conscious that her clients will already have experienced considerable stress caused by the medical malpractice and the litigation process will be adding to that, Clare supports her clients throughout the entirety of their claim, focussing on the financial compensation but also early rehabilitation and wherever possible interim payments for treatment such as counselling and therapy.
Clare is proud of Thompsons’ record as a firm which takes the injustice suffered by clients extremely seriously. She values Thompsons’ unique commitment to the trade union movement and exclusively the injured as well as their refusal to represent employers or insurers.
Outside of work, much of Clare’s time is spent with her family and her dog, Rupert, who she enjoys taking for long walks on the weekend. Her other hobbies include Yoga classes and swimming.
Examples of Clare's case experience
Clare worked with a colleague on a case where negligence during labour caused catastrophic injuries to a baby boy which means he will never achieve the full mental capacity of an adult and will never live independently. The claimant has been left with a form of epilepsy and cerebral palsy and will continue to suffer with seizures through into adulthood. The Thompsons team secured a substantial lump sum settlement, plus yearly payments to support the client for the rest of his life. The settlement secured him the funds to purchase a house designed specifically to meet his needs, including accommodation for a live-in carer.
Clare secured a settlement for a gentleman in a surgical error claim; where the hospital performed a wrong site surgery when excising a cancerous lesion on the Client’s scalp. As a result of the negligence, the Client required further surgery and a skin graft. He suffered additional scarring, emotional upset and psychological trauma and possible migration of malignancy because of 3 month delay due to incorrect excision.
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