Chris Gutteridge

Call 2006

gutteridge@exchangechambers.co.uk

“He is logical, extremely knowledgeable and a highly capable junior.”

Chambers and Partners 2021
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Clinical Negligence

Chris is an experienced clinical negligence practitioner. He represents claimants who have suffered serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries (and is happy to accept instructions on a CFA basis). He regularly deals with claims involving complex breach and causation arguments. He is always happy to become involved at an early stage, providing preliminary advice to solicitor clients and meeting with lay clients to discuss their claims. Chris can also help with the selection and instruction of expert witnesses. He regularly holds conferences with experts in wide ranging disciplines with a focus on ensuring expert evidence is presented in a compelling and comprehensive way.

Chris has a particular interest in catastrophic injuries arising from clinical negligence with experience of cerebral palsy claims arising from the negligent management of labour and spinal cord injuries caused by negligent surgery. Chris is also instructed to represent claimants who have suffered disastrous consequences after negligently performed cosmetic surgery.

Clinical Negligence Cases

A (2019)

The claimant had both of his legs amputated below the knee in 2015 as a result of a negligent failure to consider a vascular cause for his complaints of pain and numbness in his feet. Liability was admitted. The claimant became a full-time wheelchair user and was confined to the ground floor of his home. The claim settled after a JSM for £2.5 million (which included the cost of building specially designed accommodation on a plot of land close to the village where the claimant and his family had lived for years before his injury).
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/barristers-secure-2-5m-settlement-for-double-amputee/

B (2019)

The claimant had undergone surgery to fix right lower leg fractures with medial tibial plate but the operative site became infected and led to the need for a trans-tibial amputation. He claimed the defendant trust had failed to obtain his informed consent to the surgery (under Montgomery). Represented claimant at the 3 day trial of liability as a preliminary issue (which lasted 3 days) and succeeded with the argument that doctors had failed to make him aware of material risks and reasonable alternative treatments and that properly advised he would have opted for circular frame fixation and avoided amputation.

C (2017)

The 44 year old claimant suffered catastrophic physical and brain injuries after an aneurysm ruptured. The aneurysm had been identified by her doctors but was not promptly treated. The defendant Trust admitted negligence. The claimant would need round-the-clock care for the remainder of her life. She was wheelchair-bound and needed a great deal of disability equipment as well as regular access to therapies and specially adapted accommodation. The claim settled at JSM for a lump sum of more than £3 million plus annual payments of £200,000 per year for life. Led by William Waldron QC.

D (2017)

The infant claimant, now 10, suffered a hypoxic brain injury at birth. He has cerebral palsy but is an active little boy. He has significant behavioural issues which complicate his care regime. There was a dispute about how and where his care should be provided (whether at home or in a residential unit). Settled at JSM for £4.5million plus annual payments for life (expected to be to age 84) reaching over £190,000 in adulthood. The compensation encompasses the purchase/adaptation of a new home and the cost of professional care at home. Led by Amanda Yip QC (prior to her judicial appointment).
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/chris-gutteridge-multi-million-pound-settlement/

E (2016)

A complicated case involving a middle-aged woman who developed sepsis as a result of a negligently retained cannula in her arm. She went on to suffer terrible soft tissue damage across her upper body and chest. The scarring that resulted caused functional problems (interfering with movement) and psychological injury. Settled for £500,000 shortly after service of proceedings.