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Partner, Clinical Negligence & Personal injury

James Cahan

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’ and has been named in one of the principal guides to the profession, The Legal 500, where he is been described as ‘very sound on tactics’.

James Cahan

Specialisms & expertise

  • 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
  • Head injuries (including all elements of acquired brain injury)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Multiple orthopaedic injuries
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other severe psychological disorders.

Examples of work

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

Mrs T v Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (Issued at the High Court)

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

Mr M v Barts Health NHS Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs S v Waterstones Booksellers ltd

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

Achievements & other appointments

James is a member of the prestigious AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. James is also recognised in the leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK and has been named in one of the principal guides to the profession, The Legal 500.

James Cahan, Chambers 2024 The Legal 500 Next Generation Partner AvMA logo 2024-25

Education

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.

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