Victoria Blankstone worked as an operating theatre nurse before studying law and qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. Having previously worked in a number of NHS and private hospitals in the UK and overseas, Victoria has been working as a senior solicitor in the Shoosmiths team in their Birmingham office since 2015 following 12 years of medical negligence experience at another national law firm. She is now a Legal Director and an accredited member of the Law Society Panel for Clinical Negligence and strives to ensure that no stone is left unturned in her investigation of medical cases.
With an in-depth knowledge of both the NHS and private healthcare system, Victoria is able to isolate the key issues quickly in clinical cases and has a broad range of legal experience involving claims in all areas of medicine and nursing. Her practice area includes neurological injury, the failure to diagnose and treat cancer, manage joint replacement surgery, anaesthetic awareness and the prevention and treatment of pressure sores and thrombo-emboli.
Victoria also has significant experience in representing bereaved families at inquests and has been involved in cases such as where there has been a death following insertion of nasogastric feeding and cholecystectomy, death following aspiration during anesthesia and during a clinical trial involving stem cell transplantation surgery.
Victoria also has experience in dealing with the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council in addition to judicial review proceedings giving guidance and assistance to clients in the legal process.
The most important aspect of her work is helping victims of clinical accidents rebuild their lives to reach their optimal level of independence. The best part of her work is the day she tells her clients that liability has been admitted and when their cases have been successfully settled.
Throughout her career Victoria has given a number of television and radio interviews regarding her work on high profile cases which have included a Radio 4 debate on “You and Yours” in relation to death certification by doctors owning care homes. She has also provided commentary in connection with the Ian Paterson breast cancer group litigation in which she was involved for 7 years.
Victoria has been featured in The Times as “Lawyer of the Week” and has also appeared in the Law Society Gazette as “Lawyer in the News”.
In the Legal 500 directory it quotes: "Victoria Blankstone – combines exceptional medical and legal knowledge with an impressive grasp of every nuance of complex claims". Victoria has also been commented on in Chambers and Partners and "is praised for her impressive medical background, with interviewees stating: Her clinical knowledge is superb. She often advises on surgical negligence and informed consent cases."
"I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the professional and helpful way in which you have processed my claim over the last two and a half years. Your advice has been first class and the end result has concluded in the manner which you predicted."