Kate O'Brien, Senior Solicitor, Bolt Burdon Kemp Kate O'Brien, Senior Solicitor, Bolt Burdon Kemp

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Kate is a Senior Solicitor and specialises in cases where adults have suffered brain injuries due to negligence.  She completed her training at a personal injury firm in London and joined Bolt Burdon Kemp as a newly-qualified solicitor in November 2016.

Kate specialises in cases where adults have suffered brain injuries due to negligence or accidents.  She has a particular interest in representing patients who have suffered surgical errors and delays in diagnosis of disorders or events directly affecting the brain (such as brain tumour or stroke), as well those who have suffered brain infections (such as encephalitis).  She regularly investigates claims where a brain injury has been caused by road traffic accidents, as well as those relating to employer’s and occupier’s liability (i.e. where an accident has occurred at work, or on property or land owned by somebody else).

She manages her own cases and works closely with Suzanne Trask and Ipek Tugcu on complex and high-value brain injury cases.

Kate has been involved in the following successful cases at Bolt Burdon Kemp:

  • Investigating a clinical negligence claim for a vulnerable young adult who suffered a catastrophic brain injury when he was inappropriately restrained by security staff at a hospital.  Due to the manner of restraint, the brain was deprived of oxygen for so long that he was rendered in a permanent vegetative state.  The legal claim was settled against both the hospital Trust and the security staff’s employers, despite their initial refusals to accept liability.  Unfortunately, our client sadly passed away. In addition to the civil claim, Kate also assisted our client’s family with the Coroner’s inquest investigation and hearing.
  • Obtaining settlements for a number of patients who suffered orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries following negligent medical treatment from shoulder surgeon, Simon Lambert, where a ‘PEEK’ implant was used despite this being unauthorised and untested.  Kate was also able to obtain apologies for her clients from the NHS Trust who were responsible.
  • An adult who suffered a stroke when an air embolism was negligently allowed to enter the central venous catheter.  Our client suffered life-changing injuries, meaning she was no longer able to live independently and struggled with changes to her personality.  Our client received compensation, which allowed her to purchase a new home, as well as an apology from the Defendant NHS Trust.

Kate has been commended for her approachable and empathetic manner.  She is passionate about making the lives of clients and their families easier, by pushing for early admissions of liability and apologies from Defendants and arranging rehabilitation services for her clients.  She works with third parties including independent financial advisers, charities, professional trustees and deputies in order to ensure that clients receive adequate support in managing any compensation they receive. 

Kate has been accredited with Senior Litigator status by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a body committed to improving the service provided to those who have suffered injury.  She is a supporter of the Encephalitis Society and fundraises for them.

Kate completed her law degree at the University of Limerick in 2010 and also holds a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University College Dublin.  Following her legal studies, she worked as a court reporter in Australia.

Professional memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator
  • Acquired Brain Injury London member (ABIL)
  • UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF)
  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • Kate & Suzanne were always kind and did their best for me, they listened when I needed to unload and I really felt that they cared.  The service was very professional.

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