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Sepsis claims lives – be aware of the risks

Posted 25th September 2018

At Gadsby Wicks, we regularly get enquiries from patients wondering if they could make a claim for medical negligence regarding the treatment they have (or haven’t) received for an infection. Often, the word ‘sepsis’ is mentioned.   What is sepsis?   Sepsis is a serious complication of infection and is a medical emergency. If spotted…

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Will I have to go to Court if I make a medical negligence claim?

Posted 21st September 2018

  Taking legal action doesn’t always mean that you will have to go to Court for a full hearing. In fact, generally less than 2% of medical negligence claims against the NHS end up in a Courtroom. At Gadsby Wicks, we make every effort to settle a claim out of Court, but only on reasonable…

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World Sepsis Day 2017 – raising awareness of deadly sepsis infection  

Posted 12th September 2017

Wednesday September 13th 2017 is World Sepsis Day – an initiative by the Global Sepsis Alliance that seeks to reduce deaths from sepsis, a serious condition that affects more than 30 million people a year worldwide. In the UK, sepsis is the leading cause of avoidable death. Around 44,000 people die of it each year…

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Medical errors that lead to baby deaths need to be challenged

Posted 4th August 2017

If inadequate maternity care led to your baby being stillborn or dying shortly after birth, wouldn’t you want answers as to why it happened? Wouldn’t you want someone to take responsibility for the mistake that caused it? And wouldn’t you want the hospital to make changes to help avoid the same mistakes happening to other…

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Husband donates £37,500 compensation to charities in India and Nicaragua

Posted 20th March 2017

Following the recent settlement of his medical negligence claim, Liam O’Hare has donated his compensation award to three charities in India and Nicaragua in memory of his late wife, Jane Oram. Jane died in July 2012, aged 64, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where she was a long-term patient in the spinal injuries unit. Paralysed from…

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Seven figure compensation award for girl starved of oxygen at birth

Posted 20th January 2017

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to pay a seven-figure sum to a nine-year old girl with Cerebral Palsy caused by brain damage at birth due to oxygen starvation. She was born in 2007 at Colchester General Hospital.   Medical negligence solicitor Gillian Gadsby acted for the girl’s family.   “We are so pleased…

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Investigation into NHS litigation costs welcomed

Posted 20th December 2016

The National Audit Office has announced it is to investigate the rising costs to the NHS of medical negligence litigation. Alan Mendham – a Partner at Gadsby Wicks Solicitors – has welcomed the news, saying that the review will help to show the significant savings that the NHS will make if it changes how it…

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Bereaved Families Failed by NHS

Posted 14th December 2016

  The latest report from The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has put treatment of bereaved families under the spotlight. The report highlights problems throughout the NHS in the way Hospital Trusts investigate preventable patient deaths. The CQC says failings are even more widespread when the patient has a mental health issue or learning disability.  …

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