Kerstin Scheel

Partner

Birth Injury | Brain Injury | Injury | Inquests and Fatal Claims | Medical negligence

About Kerstin

Kerstin specialises in birth and maternal injury claims, cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury cases, with a focus on complex and high value claims.

Although based in our Bath and Bristol offices, she works with clients across the country, including London. Her main areas of expertise relate to hypoxic birth injury, cord prolapse, meningitis and Group B Strep infection related injuries. Kerstin also specialises in cases involving cardiology and delays in diagnosis of neurological cancers.

After joining RWK Goodman in 2009, Kerstin nuanced her practice area to focus mainly in obstetric and neonatal cases, representing children and young adults who suffered neurological injuries before, during or after their birth. Kerstin works closely with chartered legal executive Abigail Ringer in progressing large and complex cases.

Kerstin also specialises in inquest cases, focusing on medical negligence related deaths and also those involving Article II of the Human Rights Act. Kerstin works closely with Ali Cloak on a number of high profile inquest cases.

Her experience of medical negligence claims includes:

Kerstin is independently ranked by the Chambers & Partners guide to the legal profession, and recognised as a “Leader in her field“. She also has both AvMA and Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel Accreditations.

Sources call her “excellent, thorough, informed and very sensitive to the clients’ requirements whilst retaining a correct pragmatism“, and in the latest Chambers edition they report she is “very driven, very much all about the client and will really fight hard”.

She has also been credited by fellow solicitors as “ambitious, tenacious and visible“.

Clients asked by the Chambers & Partners directory describe Kerstin as “excellent, well organised, careful, conscientious and courteous. She has also been independently praised by one client in the same source as “very clever, supportive and thorough“. The Legal 500 UK also celebrate Kerstin, who “stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’“.

Kerstin is a member of the Avon and Bristol Law Centre and sat on the NHS Health Research Ethics Committee Panel for 10 years. She is a Trustee of the PROMPT Maternity Foundation.

Memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury lawyers (APIL)
  • Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • Bristol Medico-Legal Society
  • Bristol Law Society
  • INQUEST charity

Learn more about Kerstin's areas of expertise

Family holds newborn baby's feet after experiencing birth injury
Birth injury claims
Our specialist team of solicitors work hard to achieve justice and recompense when you or those close to you have suffered serious injuries, before or during birth, or in the first few days and weeks of your child’s life.
Cancer claims
If you or a loved one suffers from cancer, early diagnosis is vital if you’re to have the best chance of survival. So when initial signs are missed due to someone’s negligence you may be denied the best chance of returning to health. If that’s the case, we can help you make a cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
Cardiac negligence claims
If you, or your loved ones, have experienced cardiac negligence it is vital you have the best help and support on your side.
Cerebral palsy claims
Our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors are here to help you get the compensation you deserve when your child has cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury.
Fatal injury claims
If you’ve lost a loved one it will undoubtedly be a very distressing time for you and your family. This is especially the case if you believe the death occurred as a result of an accident or due to substandard care.
Group B Strep (GBS) claims
If your child has experienced injury as a result of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection, our specialist solicitors can help you seek compensation.
Inquest solicitors
When a loved one dies an inquest provides an opportunity to have your questions answered. Our dedicated solicitors are here to help find the answers you need.
Meningitis claims
Should the initial signs of meningitis be missed, the window of opportunity for early treatment can be lost, and you or your loved one may have been denied the best chance of a full or better recovery. If this has happened to you or a loved one, we can help you investigate a claim for compensation.

"The way Kerstin handled my case was exemplary throughout. She showed tact and empathy at all times but particularly when discussions and questions touched on emotionally sensitive areas."

RWK Goodman client