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Man fights for life after dog attack

A man is critically ill in hospital after being mauled by two dogs on a beach in Brighton yesterday. Witnesses say that the 30 year old man sustained several wounds all over his body from dog bites during the attack by a mastiff cross and a Staffordshire bull terrier. Apparently the dogs continued to attack…
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GPs booking to be modernised to cut waiting on phone

How many of us call the doctors in the morning, dead on the time that it opens only to find that it is already engaged? More attempts get the same engaged tone and if and when you get through, the appointments left are either inconvenient or non-existent at which point you realise you have to…
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Dementia patients had 106 carers

Mrs Maitland claims that her husband, who was suffering from dementia, was given 106 carers in one year. The constant stream of different faces were sent by agencies working for Aberdeen’s social work department. Mrs Maitland believes that this was against her husband’s basic human right to dignity. Mrs Maitland said that initially she had…
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Increase in ambulance delays in South East

Ambulances are spending 50% more time outside hospital in Kent, Sussex and Surrey than 3 years ago. This is a major risk to patient safety and Swain & Co. medical negligence solicitors are concerned. Hospital handover times have increased; time spent waiting at hospitals to hand over patients means that this time is not spent…
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European court to rule on prisoners’ rights

The grand chamber is to deliver its anticipated decision on prisoner votes on Tuesday 22nd May in the case of Scoppola v. Italy (no 3). This decision is following what appears to be conflicting rulings in relation to which prisoners should be given the vote. In the case of Hirst No.2 the European Court stated…
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Why Mediation Service is a winning formula

Swain & Co Solicitors Mediation Service has helped couples to avoid court and expensive disputes by working together to sort out children and financial matters. Samantha Lee of Swain & Co says, “As a Mediator I do not take sides and provide a neutral environment for couple to discuss and reach agreements without the additional…
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Diabetes Errors in hospital

A report has found almost 1 in 3 hospital patients with diabetes are victims to medication errors which can cause dangerous blood glucose levels. In England and Wales, at least one mistake was made per inpatient in the treatment of 3700 diabetes patients in one week. Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors are extremely concerned…
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Brain injury has multiple impacts

A patient may appear to be fine to those who do not know them. They are polite, pleasant and without physical problems. However, three days later, relatives return to the doctor insisting something is wrong. This person had changed. They used to be aggressive and confrontational. Now they are not and they do things immediately…
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James Hurford is welcomed into Legal Action Group

We are so pleased to announce that James Hurford has been voted onto the Board of the Legal Action Group. The Legal Action Group is a campaigning organisation that promotes access to justice for all members of society who are socially, economically or otherwise disadvantaged. It seeks to improve law and practice, the administration of…
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