David Knifton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2018

kniftonqc@exchangechambers.co.uk

"He is able to deal with huge amounts of detail and quantum elements very quickly. He is organised in his approach and in conferences he will provide a detailed plan, which clients appreciate."

Chambers and Partners 2019
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Clinical Negligence

David practises exclusively in high-value personal injury and clinical negligence cases, primarily on behalf of claimants. He is recommended as a leader in those fields by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. He will generally only accept new instructions in cases with a value in excess of £1m, and typically achieves settlements each year totalling over £20m.

David has extensive experience of high-value clinical negligence claims, including:

  • Wrongful birth
  • Obstetric injuries, including cerebral palsy
  • Failures/delays in diagnosis (particularly in cancer cases)
  • Consent issues
  • Negligent treatment
  • Claims against alternative medical practitioners

Described by an experienced clinical negligence solicitor as “inspirational to work with”, he wins widespread praise for his thorough preparation, sensitive client-handling, up to the minute legal knowledge, and excellent negotiation and advocacy skills.

Clinical Negligence Cases

C v The Walton Centre for Neurology & Neurosurgery NHS Trust (2018): David negotiated a settlement worth £3.9m on a global basis on behalf of an elderly patient who suffered a haemorrhagic stroke due to a negligent delay in managing her meningioma, in order to enable her to return home to live with her family with a 24-hour care team

H v Mid Yorks Hospitals (2018): An award of £1.7m was negotiated on behalf of a man who required an above-knee amputation due to a negligent delay in diagnosing critical limb ischaemia, ensuring his prosthetic and other needs would be met throughout the remainder of his reduced life expectancy

B v Central Manchester University Hospital (2016): Settlement of £1m negotiated on behalf of 57 year-old man who suffered severe complications as a result of a negligent delay in detecting a leak following abdominal surgery, despite reduced life expectancy

Jones v Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (2014): Settlement of almost £585,000 negotiated on behalf of young man who suffered an Erb’s palsy due to obstetric negligence when he presented with shoulder dystocia

Boulton v Aintree University Hospital (2013): David secured a settlement of £540,000 for a young woman with spina bifida who underwent a Symes’ amputation as a consequence of a negligent delay in diagnosing an MRSA infection in her foot

Banks v Wirral University Hospital (2014): David negotiated a settlement of £450,000 on behalf of a young woman who had suffered the premature onset of the menopause as a result of a negligent failure to diagnose cervical cancer from a routine smear test

B v Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (2018): Settlement of over £400,000 achieved for negligent delay in diagnosing HIV infection, leading to advanced HIV disease

White v Crean (2009): Claim for chronic pain suffered due to negligent spinal manipulation by “Bowen” practitioner, in which David negotiated a settlement of £400,000 at a JSM

Porter v Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals (2014): Damages of £300,000 recovered for negligent failure to diagnose fractured scaphoid, leading to loss of promising career as bricklayer

Bapu v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (2012): A claim for damages resulting from a negligent failure to warn the patient of the risks of developing cauda equina syndrome, which settled for £300,000 despite liability and causation remaining firmly in dispute

Walker v Wirral University Hospital (2014): Delayed diagnosis of wound infection in elderly diabetic, leading to accelerated need for below-knee amputation. Settled for £210,000 despite vigorous opposition by Defendant to amendment of Particulars of Claim

Garfin v Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (2015): Damages of £175,000 recovered on behalf of the family of a psychiatric patient who had been negligently discharged without implementation of an appropriate psychiatric care plan, despite a significant dispute over causation