Tina Whitman Senior Associate
Tina specialises in working with the public sector, primarily undertaking defendant personal injury work on behalf of the NHS and national and local government.
Main areas of practice
Tina's case load includes RTA, employer’s liability, public liability and disease claims at all levels of severity. She also provides advice to NHS bodies and other public bodies on a range of issues, including Judicial Review, Inquests, the NHS Performers List Wales Regulations 2004, continuing health care, funded nursing care and the NHS Pharmaceutical Regulations.
Tina is a key member of Blake Morgan’s Public Sector and Personal Injury training forums, regularly delivering training on all aspects of personal injury law and risk and claims management.
Health & Social Care
- Advising a NHS body in a long running dispute regarding a GP’s capacity to provide primary care services, involving several applications to the FHSAA/Primary Health List Tribunal, appeals to the Upper Tribunal and High Court and referrals to the GMC. GP nationally disqualified from providing primary care services..
- Special interest in advising on disputes over the funding of continuing health care packages.
- Advising a NHS body in relation to the public inquiry held to investigate the outbreak of E coli in South Wales in September 2005. This work included the preparation of detailed statements, the review of large quantities of evidence, liaison with the Inquiry, instruction and close liaison with Leading Counsel and advice in relation to the presentation of oral evidence.
- Management of legal proceedings following the death of a 6 week old baby. The case involved an initial police investigation, a Trust internal investigation and an inquest. The PI claim was worth over £100,000. The inquest required a review of changes in approaches to a particular kind of surgery on infants.
- Management of a high profile inquest into the death of child which had occurred 14 years prior to the inquest. The inquest lasted 20 days over 6 weeks.
- Advising NHS body in relation to a novel claim for restitution/negligence arising from alleged failure to assess a patient as being eligible for continuing health care. Claim was used as a test case in the High Court.
- Part of a team providing crisis advice to a NHS body following the revocation of mortuary licences by the Human Tissue Authority. Work included preparing representations to be put to the Authority at a hearing (the first of its kind) in order to secure the return of the licences.
Defendant Personal Injury
- Inquest into a road traffic accident which caused a double fatality. Following conclusion of inquest, management of six personal injury claims arising directly from the incident and one further related claim. All claims involved complex decisions to be made in respect of liability, including whether to involve contractor third parties and contributory negligence.
- Successful defence of a multi-million pound catastrophic injury claim involving detailed consideration of the principles of Occupier’s Liability.
- Multi-million pound claim involving the assessment of a professional sportsman’s loss of chance due to an inability to continue in his chosen sport due to injury. The claim required the procurement of novel expert evidence from outside the jurisdiction.
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