Victoria Blankstone

Legal Director

Medical Negligence

Victoria Blankstone worked as an operating theatre nurse before studying law and qualifying as a solicitor in 2003.
Vikki Blankstone

Having previously worked in numerous NHS and private hospitals in the UK and overseas, Victoria is now working as a clinical negligence solicitor in the Shoosmiths team in their Birmingham office.

With an in-depth knowledge of both the NHS and private healthcare system, Victoria has a broad range of legal experience involving claims in all areas of medicine and nursing. To date her cases have included repeated failures to diagnose incarcerated hernia in a patient with learning difficulties suffering from Prada-Willi syndrome, failure to diagnose and treat cancer and manage joint replacement surgery. Victoria has dealt with cases involving anaesthetic awareness, cosmetic claims and succeeded in a number of cases involving deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli and the failure to prevent and treat pressure sore injury.

Victoria has a special interest in neurological injuries and has undertaken cases involving the failure to diagnose and treat brain and spinal tumours, cauda equina syndrome failure to manage metabolic disease, cerebro-vascular disease and ventriculo-peritoneal shunt obstruction.

A significant number of Victoria’s cases involve multi-party claims, fatal injury and inquest law. Victoria has had a numerous cases involving a wide variety of medical and nursing failings both in hospitals and nursing homes, which have included death following insertion of naso-gastric feeding and cholecystectomy, death following aspiration during anaesthesia and during a clinical trial.

Victoria also has significant 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.

Victoria is happy to deal with local and regional press on behalf of clients having had considerable experience in preparing press releases and participating in radio and television interviews following her involvement in high profile cases.

The most important aspect of her work is helping victims of clinical accidents rebuild their lives to reach their optimal level of independence. Victoria’s favourite part of her work is the day she tells her clients that liability has been admitted and when their cases have been successfully settled.

In her spare time Victoria will often be found outdoors in all weathers exploring the British coastline or inland waterways.