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Specialisms & expertise

James is a specialist in the fields of clinical negligence and personal injury and has a wealth of knowledge in both areas. James’ specialism in clinical negligence has been acknowledged by his admission onto the prestigious AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. He is also recognised in the leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK for being, “an extremely thorough practitioner”. James is also named in one of the principal guides to the profession, The Legal 500, where he is described as “very sound on tactics”.

James' medical negligence claims have involved a wide variety of issues, some examples include:
  • negligent spinal surgery
  • cerebral palsy
  • delayed sepsis diagnosis and treatment (leading to acquired brain injury)
  • delay in the diagnosis of cancer (ovarian, melanoma and colorectal)
  • limb amputation (often as a result of poorly treated vascular conditions and leg ulcers)
  • negligent surgical treatment, including cholecystectomy, nephrectomy, colectomy, arthroplasty, bariatric
  • negligent cancer resection procedures leading to severed urethra and ureter
  • substandard ophthalmic treatment, including retinal detachment and blindness
  • negligent gynaecology procedures leading to ‘wrongful birth’
  • misdiagnosis of a range of life threatening conditions including necrotising fasciitis
  • substandard management of patient's care by general practitioners
  • negligent cosmetic surgery (plastic surgery claims)
  • Fatal Accident Act claims arising out of hospital negligence
James' personal injury claims span all aspects of employer's, product, and occupier's liability claims, including cases involving:
  • head injuries (including all elements of acquired brain injury)
  • spinal injuries
  • multiple orthopaedic injuries
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other severe psychological disorders

Client stories & notable cases

Mr Scudder v Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (Issued with the High Court)

The claimant in this case underwent, what was supposed to be a routine spinal operation to his thoracic spine. The surgeon appeared to use a surgical technique that had been abandoned as too dangerous in the 1970’s, and as a result during his spinal surgery, Mr Phil Scudder suffered a profound spinal cord injury which has left him wheelchair dependent for life. This story was covered by BBC News South East today: Apology for man paralysed following spinal surgery. 
Damages recovered: £4.1million

A v East Kent Hospitals NHST (Issued with the High Court)

James acted for a client who sustained a significant brain injury following a mismanagement of sepsis in hospital.  As well as issues surrounding hypoxia, this case also involved ICU syndrome and PTSD which developed as a result of the lengthy stay in intensive care.
Damages recovered: £2million

Mr A v Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Issued with the High Court)

James acted for a client who had to have an above the knee amputation following repeated failures to diagnose that he had an ischaemic leg.  The case was complicated by the fact the negligence had caused a ten year acceleration to the loss of a limb that would always have required amputation.
Damages recovered: £560,000

Mrs P v Mr L (Private Neurosurgeon) (Issued with the High Court)

James recently settled a claim against a private neurosurgeon. The negligence in this claim surrounded both the consent process as well the fact that he attempted a spinal fusion procedure despite the fact the relevant spinal level was in fact already fused at the time of surgery.  The claimant suffered continuous back and leg pain as a result of the negligence.
Damages recovered: £581,000

Mr H v East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (Issued with the High Court)

Settling just four weeks before a full trial in the High Court this claim involved a negligent failure to diagnose a rectal abscess, which developed into a complex ‘horseshoe’ abscess.
Damages recovered: £380,000

Mr F v Origin Enterprises and another (2016) (Issued with the High Court)

James acted for a pianist who suffered catastrophic leg injuries to both legs when he was crushed against a wall by an articulated lorry.
Damages recovered:  £560,000

Mrs C v Dr Cox [General practitioner] (Issued with the High Court)

This claim was against a GP, and involved the failure to diagnose bilateral acute closed angle glaucoma, which in turn led to permanent damage to the patient’s eyesight. 
Damages recovered: £150,000

Mr R v Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Issued with the High Court)

A case involving a failure to manage an elderly claimant’s falls risk appropriately in hospital, which led to the claimant sustaining a major hip fracture requiring surgery and leaving him highly dependent on others on a day to day basis.
Damages recovered: £200,000

Mr M v Medway NHS Foundation Trust (Issued with the High Court)

This case involved a failure to diagnose a form of hip fracture called a slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE), in a child.  This led to accelerated acute arthritis and the need for additional hip surgery that would otherwise have been avoided.
Damages recovered: £250,000

Mrs P (on behalf of Mr P deceased) v Kings College Hospital NHS Trust

A negligent failure to continue with IV antibiotics in the Intensive Care Unit following the diagnosis of meningitis contracted after brain surgery, leading to avoidable death.
Damages recovered: £70,000

Mr P v Kent County Council (Issued with the High Court)

This case involved a minor traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused when a faulty sash window in a local school fell onto the claimant’s head.  The claimant’s brain injury caused a permanent balance disturbance due to an associated vestibular disorder.
Damages recovered: £200,000

Mrs S v Waterstones Booksellers ltd

A personal injury claim involving an elderly lady who fell in a shop and required a complete shoulder replacement procedure which led to permanent restrictions.
Damages recovered: £127,000

Mr C v East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (Issued with the High Court)

A clinical negligence claim involving a negligent failure to identify a traumatic injury to the claimant’s urethra during a resection procedure for colorectal cancer. 
Damages recovered £130,000

Profile

James read law at The University of Wales Aberystwyth where he obtained an honours degree and went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester.   He joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in 2006 and became a partner in 2017.  James is married with three children and enjoys hiking in the mountains and all things ‘outdoors’.

 

    

There were at times several difficult issues but we were always told clearly of our options and the affect of each.

Client

My lawyer was very friendly and easy to talk to, and I always felt he was working his hardest on my case.

Client

This has been a long, difficult and upsetting case. At all times James and his team have been caring, supportive and informative. My family and I appreciated that throughout. James always took time out to ensure we understood where we were at and what was next.

Client

I appreciate the thoughtfulness with which the case was dealt with.

Client

They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.

Client

At all times I was given appropriate and constructive advice in understandable terms. I was made aware of potential risks that might occur during the course of the claim and was explained suggested strategies to proceed with. I always felt included in these decisions and very confident in the advice I received.

Client

I built a wholly trusting relationship with TS&P and their solid work and experience resulted in a satisfactory conclusion to the claim.

Client

Sources note how associate James Cahan "uses his excellent professional skills linked with empathy and good communication skills to enable us to feel supported and informed throughout the process."    

Chambers UK 2016

Throughout the period of working through the claim I was given full explanations at each stage of the process in a clear and understandable manner. James Cahan and his team were extremely professional and empathetic to my experience, they were thorough in the handling of the case and a pleasure to correspond with.

Client

As a family we have no experience of dealing with such issues, so James’ considered approach, advice and guidance were invaluable to us. Invariably highly professional but also approachable and with clear explanations, he has inspired total confidence throughout the past 17 months.

Client

The team helped to build my confidence by keeping me up to date on any progress while reminding me of appointments with regular calls and e-mails. I can highly recommend their services to anybody who is unfortunately in my situation. Thanks James Cahan and his team of experts.”

Client

Sources say he is 'very sound on tactics'.

Chambers UK 2015

I felt that you were very sincere and compassionate when dealing with me when I was at my lowest. I would recommend James time and time again, to any future clients.

Evelyn Plum

James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  

Client

James Cahan has the wisdom of lawyers many years his senior.

The Legal 500 2017

My case was earlier rejected by another firm of solicitors yet Mr Cahan could see that there was a case to answer. With the expert medical witnesses which he sourced, good communication and sound advice, I felt very confident in his hands that we would get a successful outcome.

Client

I am so happy I chose to use yourself as it has been completely stress free and easy. Thank you so much for all you hard work and help getting this result.

Client

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