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When can you claim for medical negligence?

While our NHS is the envy of the world, unfortunately, some people will have a bad experience with a medical professional at some point in their life. A rude or abrupt GP or a less than sympathetic nurse can be frustrating, but when does a ‘bad experience’ turn into negligence? Medical negligence is a serious…

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust face potential criminal charges relating to their maternity provision

The Shrewsbury and Telford Trust first made headlines in 2017, when an initial review focused on a cluster of 42 cases of deaths of mothers and babies in their maternity unit. However, West Mercia Police Force has now confirmed they are investigating whether criminal charges should be brought against the Trust, or certain individuals that…

Legal action proves girl would not have suffered cerebral palsy if delivery was just 21 minutes earlier

We were instructed by the parents of a girl who was born with brain damage leading to the neurological condition cerebral palsy which significantly affects her movement and

Her parents wanted to understand how this had happened believing that it was entirely preventable. Our investigations found that during their daughter’s birth, medical staff had administered excessive amounts of a labour inducing stimulant.

NHS Trust admits breach of duty following avoidable stillbirth

Our client’s wife had died just four months after her fourth child was stillborn. We were instructed to investigate whether it was an avoidable stillbirth. Her pregnancy had been normal however, one month before her due date there were signs that the baby’s growth was slowing but no action was taken to address this. Two…

Inadequate mental health care led to man’s avoidable suicide

We represented a client, whose husband had suffered a history of depression and multiple suicide attempts, following his death which she believed was an avoidable suicide.

Estranged from his wife due to violent episodes which had involved police intervention and his increasing mental health issues, he had received both in and out patient treatment before ultimately succeeding in taking his own life

Preventable patient deaths within the NHS to be reported on from April 2017

In 2015 495,309 deaths were registered in England alone. Nearly half of those (47%) involved patient deaths in hospital with reports that 200 preventable patient deaths take place across the NHS every week.

A review was set up by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to investigate a number of NHS Trusts and probe how avoidable deaths were looked into and how many Trusts were showing evidence of learning from any mistakes made.

Grandmother dies as a result of delayed DVT diagnosis just nine days after hospital admission

We recently represented the family of a young grandmother aged 61 who was admitted to her local hospital via ambulance complaining of a warm, swollen and painful knee.

Acutely aware of a family history of deaths due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), medical staff were alerted to the fact by her family on the day of her admission.

Medical staff however, failed to note this or carry out the appropriate tests or start the appropriate treatment. An MRI scan was requested the next day, however, it was not viewed to be urgent so this did not take place.

£280,000 secured following the avoidable death of a 40 year old woman

Our client was obese and suffered with diabetes and infertility problems when it was agreed that a gastric bypass procedure may help ease these conditions, the procedure led to her avoidable death however.

Following her operation, she was provided with dietary advice however, just two and a half months later, she was seen by a specialist suffering with vomiting and showing signs of micronutrient deficiency and was given vitamin supplements.

Five months following her gastric bypass, her diet was considered to be fine however, she was having difficulty with consuming bread and meat. She was subsequently discharged after failing to attend her follow up appointments.

Health matters – what you need to know and what you’re entitled to

It could be said that part of the magic of Christmas is that an indulgence pass is allowed and health matters are temporarily shelved as we cater to our heart’s desire of food, fun and festive tipples.

A New Year often signals a more focused look at our general health with diets and gym memberships hitting a high as we start a new year. Spotting and acting on unusual symptoms early, and understanding the medical care you’re entitled to, is as important as maintaining regular exercise and a balanced five-a-day diet.

Couple win claim of medical negligence after their first child suffers an avoidable stillbirth

A young Blackley couple who suffered the stillbirth of their first child at the North Manchester Hospital four years ago, have won their claim of medical negligence as lawyers prove that their baby’s death was entirely preventable.

Charlotte Brooks, now aged 23, was admitted to the Pennine Acute NHS Trust run hospital in the evening of 29th July 2012 with her partner Paul Barlow, now aged 28, at her side. Charlotte was later given an injection to stimulate labour which medical negligence experts claimed compromised the baby’s blood oxygen levels.

Medical negligence continues to hurt long after the incident

Stories highlighting cases of medical negligence are unfortunately all too common. For patients who sadly find themselves in this unfortunate position, the effects are long lasting and the physical injury is only part of the pain caused.

Many will experience significant financial hardship if their ability to return to work has been reduced or has become impossible due to their avoidable injury. Some will need to make significant home adaptations if they find themselves in a wheelchair as a result for example or require 24 hour care following the incident.

Delayed diagnosis and treatment leaves woman permanently disabled

A woman who had undergone a successful hip replacement and beaten cancer, has been left permanently disabled due to a series of hospital blunders including delayed diagnosis and treatment left her unable to live independently, living in constant pain and suffering depression.

A historic, and successful, hip replacement operation had improved her mobility and ensured she was free of pain but a few years later, she injured her leg and experienced significant pain. She was taken to hospital by ambulance as it continued into the following day.

New rapid compensation scheme could see families of babies disabled due to medical blunders significantly short changed

Jeremy Hunt has announced a new rapid compensation scheme for families of babies disabled due to medical blunders, good news on the face of it, but affected families could be left with significantly less than they need according to medical negligence solicitors at Linder Myers.

Hunt has launched the initiative in a bid to make the NHS more transparent and to help those impacted to ‘avoid the anguish of going to court’. Additional funding has also been promised for NHS training and for improvements to maternity care, setting targets to reduce the number of still births and neonatal deaths by 2030.

Cosmetic surgery procedures get a nip and tuck

New regulations and safety advice have been launched this year recognising the growing popularity – and potential risks – of cosmetic surgery procedures ranging from breast implants to tummy tucks and facelifts.

A previously unregulated industry, cosmetic surgery procedures have been hit by controversy in recent years with negative stories never far from the headlines. From the PIP implants scandal just a few years ago which involved leaking and unapproved silicon gel, to shocking images of celebrities post procedure and frequent media headlines on cosmetic surgery gone horribly wrong.

Patient with known family history of thrombosis, suffers below the knee amputation due to misdiagnosis

We recently represented a patient who despite visiting a doctor complaining of having leg pain, and advising that there was a family history of thrombosis, suffered a below the knee amputation due to a misdiagnosis just days earlier.

Our client led an active lifestyle enjoying several outdoor hobbies when he developed significant pain in his leg which extended from one of his knees down to his foot. Aware of a family history of thrombosis, he attended an appointment with his GP immediately.

In 2015, death in custody accounted for 7,637 deaths

When someone dies in “state custody” a full inquest is almost always necessary. In 2015, death in custody accounted for 7,637 deaths.

The number of such inquests has recently seen a spike following the Supreme Court Decision in 2014 significantly increased the definition of those considered to be deprived of their liberty. The court determined that a two stage test should be applied. Firstly, whether the individual is under continuous supervision and control and secondly whether the person is free to leave. This second test is not conditional upon whether the person wants, or indeed has the capacity to leave, but rather what would the people supervising and controlling them do if they tried to leave.

Are you on statins correctly?

Statins are prescribed to help control patients cholesterol levels and are commonly used to try and delay or avoid the risks of developing heart disease as a result. GP’s make use of calculating software to take various factors in to account to assess a patients risk level before making the decision whether to prescribe statins or not – are you on statins correctly?