Daniel Bennett

d.bennett@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Call

2000
Daniel Bennett
Profile

Daniel acts for large numbers of claimants in personal injury cases every year. His practice encompasses workplace injury and disease, clinical negligence and product liability. He attends inquests on behalf of clients with injury claims.

 

A large part of his practice concerns workplace injury and disease. He is the Editor of Munkman on Employer's Liability (14th  15th and 16th Editions). He is the author of each of the chapters on the six pack regulations, on RSI and on hazardous substances. He lectures regularly on workplace injury topics. He has a large occupational disease practice involving asbestos, HAVS, RSI, asthma, allergy, dermatitis, NIHL and infectious agents (bacteria and viruses). He takes on many occupational cancer cases each year. He acts regularly in clinical negligence cases. Having initially built up a practice based around hospital infections, his clinical negligence work now covers the whole range of hospital based negligence.  He has developed an interest in claims concerning the abuse and neglect of elderly patients in care homes and hospitals. He also acts for many injured claimants in public liability, consumer and environment claims, including a number of multi-party actions. He is in Court regularly on all manner of PI cases before District, Circuit and High Court judges. He has an extensive paperwork practice and is committed to prompt turnaround of papers. As a former solicitor, he is well aware of the needs of solicitors for good service from their counsel.

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

Daniel's clinical negligence practice began many years ago with cases involving hospital acquired infections, principally MRSA and C-difficile. He has now settled in excess of 80 such cases. Daniel has had a considerable amount of experience of cases involving defective medical devices. Successful cases have included respirators, hip prostheses, electric blankets, latex gloves and surgical instruments, with such cases involving a cross over between clinical negligence and product liability. He has also acted often for patients suffering allergic reactions to products, hospital foods and medicines. In addition to this Daniel acts regularly in more traditional clinical negligence cases involving negligent surgical treatment and aftercare. His background in infection cases has led to experience in sepsis and amputation claims as well as in bowel injuries. He is interested in claims concerning the death, abuse and neglect of elderly patients.

  • AH v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust LTLP1 25/02/2015
  • M v Poole Hospital NHS Trust LTLPI 23/8/2012
  • Pepper v Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust LTLPI 3/9/2014
  • Johnson v East Kent Hospitals University NSS Foundation Trust  LTLPI 2/9/2011

Elder abuse and death claims Clinical Risk C. Risk (2012) Vol.18 No.5 Pages 194-196

MRSA infections: pinpointing responsibility Personal Injury Law Journal P.I.L.J. (2008) No.69 October Pages 9-11

Litigating hospital acquired MRSA as a disease Journal of Personal Injury Law J.P.I. Law (2004) No.3 Pages 197-208

Doctors & Nurses: Asthma and dermatitis caused by latex exposure Journal of Personal Injury Law, June J.P.I. Law (2001) Issue No.2 Pages 117-123

Product Liability and Group Actions

Prior to his conversion, Daniel practiced as a solicitor with a product liability and occupational disease caseload. He continues to act in many product based injury cases both single party and multi party. He has been involved in some major drug and medical device product liability litigation both as a junior and as sole counsel. Many cases have involved mixed product liability / clinical negligence, where medical product manufacturers and surgeons seek to blame each other. He currently acts for patients with hip prostheses which have fractured and in many claims concerning metal-on-metal prostheses. He has been involved in many claims for defective products including food items, clothes, cars, baby highchairs, dental fixative, flasks, razors, shoes and eCigarettes.

Daniel is currently instructed in two environmental nuisance claims, each involving well over 100 households. He also acts in smaller environmental nuisance/injury claims. 

Human Rights

For many years Daniel has provided free legal advice to groups campaigning on consumer, environment and workers' rights. He acts in many Town Green applications concerning open spaces threatened with development. He has acted many times for protestors subjected to civil injunction. He has a long standing interest in the role of corporations in society and has written and lectured on the subject.

Memberships

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Action Against Medical Accidents

Personal Injury Bar Association

Western Circuit

Publications

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