Andrew Yaw is a highly experienced member of Thompsons Solicitors’ medical negligence team, covering the North West. Since qualifying as a solicitor 16 years ago, he has only ever acted for claimants. He has dealt with a wide range of complex clinical negligence and personal injury cases, settling claims out of court where it is beneficial for the client, or pursuing litigation to trial when required.
Andrew has specialised in medical negligence for more than two years, dealing with a wide range of claims involving significant injuries and sometimes, unfortunately, death.
Among the cases he has taken was one in which failure to diagnose and treat acute appendicitis led to life-threatening complications.
In other cases, Andrew supported a case where medical staff failed to adequately advise a patient in respect of the contraction of MRSA, leading to recurring abscesses over a period of 5 years, as well as a patient who was negligently discharged, leading to an acute coronary event.
Andrew’s aim is to recover the highest possible compensation for victims of medical negligence in a professional but empathetic way. Andrew fully appreciates that when clients come to him they are inevitably suffering one of the most traumatic periods of their lives.
Andrew values his role at Thompsons because of the firm’s insistence on only representing the injured party or their relatives, and never those who might be responsible for the injury or insurance companies. He says Thompsons gives him the ability to act vigorously for union members and to make a positive difference when relatives have lost loved ones or clients have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of negligent treatment.
Andrew said: “Thompsons is dedicated to acting in the best interests of its clients and is willing to fight on their behalf when defendants are intent on restricting a client’s access to justice.”
Away from work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, including watching his boys participate in sporting activities.
Andrew’s case experience
Delayed diagnosis client: Andrew acted for a specialist construction worker following a failure to treat a chest infection with antibiotics, leading to the client suffering from pneumonia and empyema. The client eventually required an operation and has left him with a permanent breathing problem. Andrew recovered compensation of £25,000.
Medical negligence client: Andrew recovered compensation for a UNISON member acting on behalf of the estate of his late mother, who received negligent treatment in hospital, leading to avoidable pain and suffering and unfortunately death. Despite a coroner heavily criticising the treatment provided, the NHS denied breach of duty. Formal medical evidence was obtained in support of the claim and legal proceedings were issued and served on the NHS trust. The claim was settled shortly after.
A UNISON member said: “Thank you for your help and support in my time of need. You have been informative and consistent in pursuing on my behalf. Thank you for not giving up or giving in to the other side and thank you for your continued updates and communication right through to the end. Thank you for seeing me through the whole process. It is much appreciated.”
"Excellent service in sorting out my claim. Many thanks to Andrew Yaw for all his help with my case. My accident could have been a lot worse and I am very grateful for Thompsons for getting the right result. Without your help I would have got nothing for my work-related injuries. Thank you for all your support over the past few months."
A UNISON member said: “I have found dealing with Thompsons Solicitors a very stress free experience and found their service very professional and friendly. I would not hesitate in recommending to others and I would certainly use the service again if occasion arose. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Yaw for dealing with my case.”
A UNISON member said: “The service was very good. I felt at ease all the time even at the time of the case. I was ill on the court day. I don't know how I did it, but I made it through the day with a lot of help from my solicitor and my barrister. A very big thank you to you both.”
A Unite member described the service provided by Andrew as “efficient and professional”.