Fighting for families

Solicitor Diane Rostron, whose practice is based in Lytham, is one of the few women who take on cases of medical negligence.
Solicitor Diane Rostron, whose practice is based in Lytham, is one of the few women who take on cases of medical negligence.
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DIANE Rostron is a mum who fights for other mums and their children.

The 44-year-old, from Lytham, is a fierce advocate for women and children’s health and a passionate legal champion for injured patients.

Now managing director for North West law firm Linda Myers, in Lytham, the mother-of-one has a reputation for winning against seemingly impossible odds and is one of the few medical negligence experts in the North West.

Not bad for a girl from a family of 10, brought up in Blackburn, who moved to the Fylde coast when she was 11.

She attended Highfield High School in South Shore – which she says shows you “don’t have to have gone to a fee-paying school to be successful”.

And after starting as a solicitor in general negligence cases, she branched off into medicine.

Diane said: “The medical cases really took my interest. I feel very passionate about this subject. The vast majority of medical negligence cases involve women and children.

“Unfortunately, for most people the most dangerous journey they will ever take is along the birth canal.

“Families think they are going to have a happy, healthy baby and in these cases, because of negligence by a professional, they can be born with brain damage, which can be very severe.

“From a parent’s point of view, their entire time is taken up with caring for that child and all the battles which come with it. Neither local authority or primary care trust funding is sufficient to provide these families with what they need. It’s a battle every step of the way.

“I’ve always loved a challenge. I learned long ago how to make myself heard. It doesn’t matter how complicated the case is, the devil is always in the detail. That’s my skill, to scour the detail over and over again to find the key to unlocking a specific case. I’m lucky to work with some excellent lawyers and barristers and some great experts.”

As a mum herself, Diane can empathise with other parents, although her own daughter Ellie, 21, is happy and healthy and studying history at Newcastle University.

“For me it’s about making a difference to these families and their lives. I have one family living in a tiny terraced house, with two disabled boys – one was born brain damaged, he is 14 and they have to carry him upstairs.

“It’s dangerous for him, for them, they shouldn’t be in that situation. We’re going to get them out of there, to get them a nice bungalow.

“Winning these cases enables parents to go back to just being parents. I get enormous satisfaction from that.”