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Fixed Costs Limit: Update

Following a conference of injury lawyers held last week, there have been hints about changes to the proposed fixed costs regime in Medical Negligence cases that the government wishes to introduce. Previously it indicated that fixed costs could be imposed on cases worth up to £250,000, but now it seems that this could be limited…
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Cancer follow-up failure – cause of devastating consequences.

It is crucial to regularly monitor cancer patients prior to, during and after treatment so that the medical practitioners are able to detect any changes that may be of vital importance to ongoing care. It has been recently reported that an NHS Trust has admitted failure to adequately monitor over 20 of its’ cancer patients.…
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Earlier menopause puts women at greater risk of heart failure

A US-based study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found that women who start the menopause earlier have a greater risk of being taken to hospital with heart failure. In addition, women who have never given birth have more than a two-fold increase in the risk of a common type…
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Mental health awareness – break the stereotype

In this week of raising awareness of mental health, a major issue has to be addressing how society views and treats those suffering mental health problems. It is commonly accepted that approximately 40% of our population will, at some point in their lives, experience problems with their mental health. It may be that as you…
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Study warns common painkillers may increase heart attack risk

A new study suggests commonly prescribed painkillers including Ibuprofen increase the likelihood of having a myocardial infarction (heart attack) within the first month of taking them if consumed in high doses. This is said to be a “worrying” side effect that appears to occur from the first week of regular use. The study, published in…
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Fed up with the election? Tired of politicians? 

In truth, I think we all are – but take heart.  Due to the General Election in June, the controversial Prisons and Courts Bill which was set to introduce extensive reforms to personal injury law has been dropped. But probably not permanently. So what was being proposed and how would this affect you? One of…
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Mental Health Awareness Week – s117 Mental Health Act 1983 Aftercare

As it is Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, have you ever wondered what entitlements you have to aftercare should you be detained under a treatment section of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA 1983)? Section 117 MHA 1983 deals with such entitlements. The provision of aftercare is often the defining factor between an individual “surviving”…
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Community mental health patients and the law

Many people will assume that mental health Lawyers can only assist when a patient is detained under the Mental Health Act and that a Lawyers’ involvement stops when a patient is discharged from Hospital back home or into supported accommodation. That does not have to be the case.  There are circumstances where a mental health…
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