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SWAIN & CO SHORTLISTED FOR CONSECUTIVE YEAR

We are pleased to announce that for the third year running, Swain & Co Solicitors has been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group’s (LAPG) Legal Aid Layer of the Year Awards. Swain & co partner Adrian Syms is a finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the social and welfare category. This… Read More

MP’s say hospitals still need to learn how to handle complaints

MP’s say hospitals still need to learn how to handle complaints The Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has recently published a report into the complaints procedure, following the scandal at Stafford Hospital, where the complaints of both patients and staff were ignored. Despite the NHS vowing to learn lessons from the events at Stafford… Read More

“Surgeons botched operation ” says widow

“Surgeons botched operation ” says widow Mrs Denby, 63, who killed herself after insisting that a metal screw had been left in her ankle, was proved right after her widower was handed back a screw with her ashes.  Mrs Denby had broken her ankle eight years ago and required surgical fixation of the joint.  However,… Read More

Baby dies after medical negligence

Baby dies after medical negligence Alyssa Legg, was just one week old when she died after medical mistakes during her birth.  Her mother attended Nottingham City Hospital on 9 July 2013 after believing that her waters had broken.  She was sent away but returned the next day to be induced. On 10 July at 4:10… Read More

Deprivation of Liberty. Are you affected?

Deprivation of Liberty. Are you affected? On 19 March 2014 the Supreme Court handed down the case now simply known in its short hand as Cheshire West. The case will have a major impact across the land and will ultimately provide greater protection for people being cared for by, or on behalf of the state.… Read More

What does “Without prejudice” mean?

What does “Without prejudice” mean? What you discuss with your Solicitor is privileged. This means that it cannot be disclosed to the other party, or to the Court, without your consent. The purpose of this is to enable your Solicitor to advise you properly, with all the information they need. If you make an admission,… Read More

Man dies as hospital was “too busy” to treat him

Man dies as hospital was “too busy” to treat him Stewart Maltby, a 64 year old from Mansfield, died after suffering from severe delays in his care.  His GP had dialled 999 and asked for Mr Maltby to be admitted to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on 5 November 2012 after a deterioration in… Read More

Men at risk due to prostate test error

Men at risk due to prostate test error Scientific research has revealed that tests designed to diagnose how aggressive a prostate cancerous tumour is underestimate the severity of the disease in half of the patients tested.  It is shocking that in the study of 848 men, 209 out of 415 who were initially told their… Read More

Concerns that older people suffering under NHS care

Concerns that older people suffering under NHS care Half of the people who receive NHS care are elderly, however, they account for only a third of the total complaints of NHS care.  There is now a real worry that elderly patients are enduring poor standards of NHS care because they do not complain.  It is… Read More

Young mother dies after misdiagnosis

Young mother dies after misdiagnosis Zoe Adams, of Manchester, died of a brain abscess on 21 March 2013 after being wrongly diagnosed with an ear infection.  She attended her local GP on 12 February 2013 complaining of pain in her left ear but he diagnosed her with a minor outer ear infection after an examination. … Read More