MLAS Meet & Mingle: Paediatrics and Traumatic Brain Injury

Medical & Legal Admin Services (MLAS) hosted another successful Meet & Mingle event with 9 St John Street Chambers on Wednesday, March 20th, at the latter’s headquarters in Manchester. The event brought together expert witnesses, barristers, solicitors, instructing parties, and colleagues from medical reporting organisations (MROs) for an evening of insightful discussions centred around paediatric patients and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). 

Understanding Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 

Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) refers to any disruption of the brain function in a child caused by an external force. This can range from mild concussions to severe injuries with lasting consequences. TBI is a significant concern in the UK, as it’s the leading cause of death and disability in children1

TBI presents unique challenges in the medicolegal context. Due to a child’s developing brain, the effects of TBI can be complex and long-lasting, impacting cognitive function, motor skills, and behaviour.  Medically, diagnosing and treating TBI in children requires specialised expertise. 

Legally, cases involving paediatric TBI can be intricate. Determining negligence, assessing damages, and ensuring the child receives the necessary care, requires a thorough understanding of the medical complexities involved. 

Expert Insights from Leading Figures 

We were very fortunate to have two esteemed speakers share their knowledge and expertise with attendees: 

John Kitchen: A Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon with extensive experience in all aspects of the field. Mr. Kitchen specialises in neuro-oncology, particularly brain and spinal tumours in children. He is also highly regarded for his expertise in paediatric epilepsy surgery. Importantly, John has extensive experience in treating and operating on children that have suffered traumatic brain injuries related to birth, accidents and non-accidental causes. He was able to offer a unique perspective on the challenges and treatments associated with paediatric traumatic brain injury.

Ian Little: 9 St John Street Barrister practicing exclusively for claimants in personal injury and associated inquests. Mr. Little’s experience spans various courts, including the Supreme Court, and he has represented clients in cases arising from road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, and other negligent acts. His focus lies on life-changing injuries, including catastrophic brain injuries in children. Mr. Little’s extensive experience provided a legal perspective on the complexities of navigating these situations.

A Meeting of Minds

The success of a legal case involving paediatric TBI hinges on having the right people on your team. Attending the MLAS Meet & Mingles, fosters networking and future collaboration with leading experts. This empowers you to tackle complex paediatric TBI cases with confidence, achieving the best results for your clients. 

The MLAS Meet & Mingle is not just about informative presentations. These events offer a space for legal and medical professionals to connect, exchange ideas, and share their experiences.  

This collaborative exchange is crucial for ensuring the best possible outcome for these complex cases.  

Building Connections 

At our Meet & Mingles, attendees have the opportunity to: 

  • Engage with MLAS Experts: Allowing for a deeper understanding of their skills and specialisations. 
  • Explore Collaboration Opportunities: Discussions centred on potential collaboration on future cases, ensuring you can find the perfect expert for your specific needs. 
  • Network with Peers: The event facilitates valuable networking opportunities with colleagues from various legal backgrounds, lawyers, agency professionals, and barristers.  

Feedback from Delegates

Mr Kitchen made a very complex subject (The Brain!) understandable. I believe he would make a credible witness in court.
“This was our best event yet. With superb speakers, an attentive and knowledgeable audience, and mutually beneficial discussion and exchange after the talks. We will be hosting a similar event in London soon.”

Didn’t manage to join us? 

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2 April 2024

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