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Patients to be warned of risks to help them make informed decisions

Posted 16th March 2015

Last week, the Supreme Court gave a decision that has redefined the law on informed consent to medical treatment. The Court was considering the case of Mrs Montgomery, whose son was born in 1999 with Erb’s Palsy and Cerebral Palsy as a result of his shoulders getting lodged in the birth canal during delivery –…

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Are home births safer than hospital?

Posted 13th February 2015

Maternity care in this country has developed considerably over the past fifty years. Along with improvements in ante-natal care, pain management and medical interventions, incidences of babies and women dying during or after labour are now, thankfully, an exceedingly rare occurrence in today’s society. Sadly, mistakes do sometimes occur – often as a result of…

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Medical negligence compensation is not a windfall

Posted 29th January 2015

If you were injured during an operation, or had to face invasive treatment because your GP had failed to diagnose your cancer symptoms, what would you want to happen next? For someone to acknowledge what happened? An apology? Compensation?   From our experience, someone whose life has changed as a result of a medical accident or…

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Concern continues about patient safety at Colchester General Hospital

Posted 27th November 2014

Safety for patients at Colchester General Hospital continues to be a major concern after the recent surprise inspection resulted in people being told to stay away from A&E unless they had serious or life-threatening injuries. The ‘major incident’ came at a time when figures show an unprecedented number of people attending A&E across the country.…

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The cost of preventable pressure sores

Posted 26th November 2014

  This month, attention is being drawn worldwide to the issue of pressure ulcers – a painful, distressing (and largely preventable) condition that costs the NHS more than £3.8million each day and is a key indicator of nursing care.   Pressure ulcers – the facts 700,000 people are affected by pressure sores each year 186,617…

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1 in 19,000 patients awake during surgery despite anaesthetic

Posted 1st October 2014

  Latest research* has found that more than 150 people a year are consciously aware of what is happening to them on the operating table. There are 3 million surgical procedures a year requiring general anaesthetic so, thankfully, it is a rare phenomenon. Indeed, because of continuing advancements and a focus on tightening up procedures,…

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Families need answers when a baby dies

Posted 23rd September 2014

When a baby dies, it is one of the most devastating experiences for a family. Coming to terms with such a loss is both traumatic and unbearably painful. Whilst the grieving process is an individual one, there are a number of practical things that bereaved families have said have helped them. This includes getting answers…

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Choosing The Right Solicitor

Posted 12th August 2014

Choosing the right solicitor to help you with your medical negligence claim is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make. If you make the right decision in the beginning, the rest of the claim will proceed as smoothly as is possible.   Medical negligence is profitable and interesting work for…

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16 Questions To Ask A Medical Negligence Solicitor

Posted 12th August 2014

These are some questions that you should ask before entrusting any solicitor with your medical negligence claim. No solicitor should be in the least bit offended if you ask these questions and you should not consider instructing any solicitor who does not give a satisfactory answer to all of them.   Fundamental questions for your…

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