Elaine is Head of Medical Negligence at Ralli Solicitors. She has practised exclusively in healthcare law for over 13 years, covering the full range of medical specialisms.
Elaine started her career as a registered general nurse, spending 17 years within the NHS, which gave her a good background in healthcare at the coal face, even before she trained as a lawyer.
She joined Ralli Solicitors in February 2014 and as a former operating theatre nurse has a special interest in general surgery. She also finds it rewarding to represent families at inquests who have lost their loved ones as a result of medical negligence.
Education, professional qualifications and memberships
MA in Health Services Studies (Nuffield Centre, Leeds University)
Registered Health Visitor (RHV)
Registered General Nurse (RGN)
Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice
Why did you join Ralli Solicitors?
I joined Ralli Solicitors because of its excellent reputation for client care and quality work.
Who inspires you?
Medecins Sans Frontieres – fearless and flawless in offering good medical care to those who desperately need it in the face of overwhelming difficulties.
Key cases or achievements
- Whilst there have been many high value settlements these are not necessarily the most challenging to work on. I have a greater degree of satisfaction in managing cases which are technically difficult from the medical perspective, for example, achieving an admission of liability in a claim where there was a delayed diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis from non-specific chest symptoms.
- Bringing a claim against a GP for failure to refer a patient for specialist opinion regarding a suspicious looking mole, which ultimately turned out to be malignant melanoma. The wife of this unfortunate 52 year old deceased man was assisted by me in achieving a high value and deserved dependency settlement in excess of half a million pounds, thus taking away uncertainty for financial security; although it could never bring her dearly loved husband back to her.
- Recovering compensation on behalf of the estate of a deceased client for delayed diagnosis and treatment of gastric volvulus. Whilst the compensation recovered were not the family’s priority, the lessons learned and an apology from the opponent were appreciated.
Describe yourself in three words
Older but wiser!
Hobbies and interests
When not engaged in legal work, I enjoy playing the flute and tenor saxophone. I also take great pleasure in spending quality time with my rescue cockapoo dog, Ted.
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