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Why don’t injured people just get on with it?

The effect of an injury on an individual should never be underestimated. Even a minor injury can be disruptive to someone’s day to day life, if only on a temporary basis. In one of our case studies, Mrs Brown[/case-studies/mrs-browns-story-45000-awarded-after-negligent-surgery-causes-long-lasting-damage/] expected to be back on her feet within a week or so, but found herself still affected three years later. She couldn’t go... […]

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‘Colossal’ NHS mail blunder puts over 1,700 patients at risk

It has been reported that over 1,700 NHS patients may have been harmed by a ‘colossal’ blunder where thousands of patient records were left to pile up in a warehouse. Officials claimed that only two thirds of the 700,000 records found has been checked, meaning the number at risk is likely to rise. It is said that amongst the missing documents,... […]

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Claim damages for vaginal mesh complications

The Guardian has reported[https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/18/more-than-800-women-sue-nhs-and-manufacturers-over-vaginal-mesh-implants] that more than 800 women have sought compensation from the NHS and the manufacturers of vaginal mesh, as a result of having suffered serious complications. According to the BBC[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39567240], some women reported that implants had caused severe pain leaving them with problems such as being unable to walk or have sex. The implants are used to treat incontinence... […]

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Petition to stop enormous probate fee increases

Longden Walker and Renney's Janine Kennedy has called for the Government to reconsider its plans to significantly increase Probate Fees.  The Law Society Gazette has reported that the government is planning rises in probate fees, such that the current flat fee will change and a banded approach introduced - whereby the fee payable will be linked to the value of the... […]

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Safety at four in five hospitals branded 'not good enough'

A leading hospital inspector has warned[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39071485] that the safety at four in five hospital trusts in England is not good enough. Professor Sir Mike Richards, who is a leading hospital inspector has stated that the NHS are standing on a “burning platform” and that change is required. A review which stated staffing and overcrowding were major concerns and that unprecedented pressures... […]

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Large numbers of patients injured as a result of substandard GI surgery may be missing out on compensation

On 23rd February 2017, Professor Winslet delivered a lecture at 7 Bedford Row Chambers concerning medico-legal aspects of gastrointestinal malignancy. At the start of his lecture he highlighted two issues in particular: That upper gastrointestinal surgery is particularly likely to become subject to a malpractice Claim, with such a surgeon being 33% more likely to face such a Claim than other... […]

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Significant number of vulnerable patients receiving inadequate treatment

The national press and charities have reacted with alarm at the findings of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) report: Mental Health in General Hospitals 2017[http://www.ncepod.org.uk/2017report1/downloads/TreatAsOne_FullReport.pdf]. The study aimed to identify and explore remediable factors in the quality of mental health and physical health care provided to patients with significant mental health conditions who were admitted to... […]

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Meet the Experts: Alison Ainsley

*Name: *Alison Ainsley Photo of Alison Ainsley *Job Role: *Director, Clinical Negligence Department *Area of Expertise: *Clinical Negligence *What made you first want to study law?* I was working for the Post Office in Manchester when an opportunity arose for me to move to London. I asked for a transfer and was offered a job in the legal department. I dealt with criminal prosecutions in the... […]

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