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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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Discrimination against people with mental health problems

The Lancet study found that one in four mentally ill people have been attacked in the last year (as reported by the BBC on 28th February 2012). The underlying reasons behind this saddening statistic are complex, as is the subject of mental illness. But generally, people with mental illnesses are likely to struggle with personal relationships,…
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New Emergency domestic violence service in the Portsmouth area.

(as seen in the Portsmouth News 23/03/2012) A new service to help those suffering from domestic abuse has been launched. Local solicitors, Swain & Co, have launched a new 24/7 emergency helpline and offer a specialist service for the people of Portsmouth, Havant and the surrounding area. Based in Havant, Nicola Whitley, specialist Family Solicitor…
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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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Leading human rights case extends duties of psychiatric hospitals

The Mental Health team at Swain and Co welcome the decision in the landmark case of Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 698. In this case, it was decided that the parents of an informal patient should be able to rely upon The Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended), in establishing that…
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NHS Bill increases GPs workload, putting patients at risk?

The Health and Social Care Bill being debated in Parliament could put patients at risk of medical mistakes if GPs are forced to take on more administrative and management tasks, specialist medical negligence lawyer Melanie Lidstone-Land of SWAIN & CO has today warned. “The proposals will give GP surgeries responsibility for buying in services like…
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