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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Paramedic sacked over asthma sufferers death

Lorna Easen blamed herself for years, for the death of her daughter Izabelle. Mrs Easen called 999 when her daughter, who had asthma, woke in the night with breathing difficulties and pins and needles in her arms and legs. The paramedics talked Mrs Easen through CPR over the phone, but when the paramedic James McKenna…
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NHS complaint blunder damages confidence

Complaints procedures in Public Bodies should be carried out independently as otherwise public trust is lost and justice can be denied. Margaret Foster was the head of Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust, and the trust received a complaint which concerned her surgeon husband. In responding to the complainant, Mrs Collinson, Margaret Foster failed to declare the…
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The Care Quality Commission has a long way to go

A report by MP’s claims The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has a ‘long way to go’ as a regulator, despite the recent improvements. The report highlighted many previously reported criticisms, such as the lack of inspections carried out, failure to replace key members and the discontinuation of the whistleblowers helpline. Specialist community care lawyer Kelly…
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Legal Aid Reforms Challenged

Legal Aid reforms challenged The government has suffered two further defeats over its planned legal aid reforms.   Peers have voted in favour of amendments to retain funding for children and young people. Samantha Lee, a Partner and specialist Family and Childcare lawyer at Swain & Co said, “I welcome this development as it is…
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Legal Aid Fears

Legal Aid fears continue with the family of Olivia Collis raising concerns Olivia Collis suffered brain injuries after complications before her birth occurred. The Welsh Ambulance service has admitted partial liability and after receiving support from Legal Aid, Olivia’s family are now awaiting a final compensation figure to be reached. Her family have expressed their…
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PIP Breast Implants Update

According to a report from the Commons Health Select Committee, The Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulations Authority (MHRA) showed “a lack of urgency” in making women aware of the risks of the substandard implants and in the investigation into the extent of the problem. Graeme Swain, specialist medical negligence solicitor…
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Supreme Court Judgement of asbestos exposure

An appeal by defendant insurance companies against liability in mesothelioma cases was today dismissed by the Supreme Court. Personal Injury Solicitor Vicki Wright of Swain & Co. welcomes the decision, saying: “In a complex judgment the Supreme Court have upheld judgements from lower courts which pave the way for claimants to hold insurers responsible for…
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Claims for nuclear test injuries are time-barred

The Times has today (27 March 2012) published a Judgment of the Supreme Court the result of which is that service veterans lost their bid to pursue compensation claims against the Ministry of Defence. The case brought by way of lead cases in a group action, had been taken to the Supreme Court, the highest…
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80% of diabetes related amputations found to be preventable

Thousands of diabetes related amputations could be prevented, if treatment was carried out sooner, a new study has revealed. Diabetes UK have found that 6,000 diabetes related amputations take place every year, of which 80% are preventable. More than 100 people in Britain every week have a toe, foot or leg amputated as a result…
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Patients’ transplanted with unhealthy kidneys

The NHS have apologised to patients’ who contracted cancer through being transplanted with kidneys from a donor who had a rare form of blood cancer. It is understood the kidneys donated to Rob Law and Gillian Smart would have been rejected by their surgeon, had they been aware of the full donor information. Mr Law…
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