A top legal expert specialising in medical negligence has set up a new practice in Blackpool.
And Diane Rostron, who lives in St Annes, has hit out at the Football Association over a high profile case in which a young footballer was left brain damaged after collapsing.
Diane has joined Addies at their offices at Olympic Court, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, where she is heading a new department dedicated to national and international cases focussing on medical injuries which lead to brain damage or paralysis.
She represented the family of Radwan Hamed, a former Tottenham Hotspur footballer, who collapsed from a heart attack at the age of 17. He had been screened on behalf of the club by a cardiologist but the results which showed heart abnormalities were not revealed to Radwan or his parents. His case was fiercely defended but Diane won the case which had ramifications for the whole of the football world after a High Court judge ruled that the club and a Harley Street cardiologist were negligent and failed in their duty of care. The Football Association’s new head of performance medicine, Dr Charlotte Cowie, was one of the defendants in the case.
Diane said on behalf of the Hamed family:”We have been made aware of the appointment of Dr Cowie by the FA. The FA have said she had learned some hard lessons from what happened. As a family we accept that mistakes can happen. It is essential that lessons are learned from mistakes, especially when mistakes have such a catastrophic consequences as they have done for our family.”
“Dr Cowie denied all responsibility for what happened to Radwan for nine years but the judge found her to be negligent and apportioned blame between her and her employers – the club– at seventy percent.”
“She has not apologised to the Hamed family since the case.”
Diane is a member of the Law Society’s Criminal Negligence Panel and has been involved in some high profile cases in recent years.
Following the case, Diane said the outcome sent out a clear message to every football and sports club in the country. Clubs are now required to have defibrillators at all games, not just first team matches.
Diane said: “We specialise in winning the seemingly unwinnable. Many of the UK’s law practices have grown bigger and bigger over the past few years and I believe have lost the personal touch that I have always strived to offer with care ,support, practical help and guidance a client’s individual needs require.”
“Bigger does not always mean better. We are often dealing with families at the most vulnerable time in their lives when they have lost treasured loved ones and just don’t know where to turn for help.”
The FA declined to comment on the criticism.