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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

NHS too quick to resuscitate the acutely ill

Some elderly patients are suffering ‘undignified’ and distressing deaths because hospitals wrongly try to resuscitate them. The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) reviewed the care of 585 acutely ill patients who ended up having cardiac arrest. Their conclusion was that CPR had wrongly become the default setting as well as saying…
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Cerebral Palsy sufferer completes Triathlon, with his brother’s love

When Conner Green was told that a younger brother was on the way, he dreamed of playing on his bike outside with his new sibling. His younger brother Cayden Long was diagnosed with Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and the odds of playing outside were against the brothers. That was until Conner decided to complete a kid’s…
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Cauda Equina – a complicated name, but a serious condition

What is Cauda Equina? At your tailbone there are a group of nerves that supply power to your lower legs, feet, bowel and bladder. Nerves can be described as telephone lines, supplying electricity through your body. If these nerves are damaged, permanent injury can occur. Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors have seen cases where…
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Doctors’ strike will cause delays in treatment

Hospitals and GPs have been warned that they could face backlash from patients as thousands of scheduled operations are cancelled before the planned strike on 21 June. Doctors have said that patient safety will not be put at risk as they will still treat urgent cases, but all routine and non-urgent cases, including planned operations,…
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Cerebral Palsy sufferer’s family win multi-million pound compensation

The family of Harriet Riley, a 9 year old cerebral palsy sufferer, have won a multi-million pound compensation package for the devastating injuries she suffered at birth. Harriet cannot speak or walk after she was starved of oxygen during birth at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. The Aneurin Bevan Health Board made a public apology…
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Neglect contributed to the death of cerebral palsy baby Noah

Gross failure to provide basic medical attention to a mother in childbirth was a factor in her baby’s death, a coroner said. Noah Tyler was born at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales and died of natural causes 10 months later. Noah was born with cerebral palsy after being deprived of oxygen when he was born.…
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Patients ‘more likely to die’ if admitted to hospital at weekend

A major study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in February showed that patients were more likely to die if they were admitted to hospital at the weekend. The research was carried out at University College London and the universities of Birmingham and East Anglia, covering 14 million hospital admissions, during 2009-2010,…
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Sacked surgeon’s patients awarded compensation

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust made out of court settlements to the sum of £651,000 to 15 former patients of Dr Jackson, who they dismissed in 2007. The patients were treated by Dr Jackson up until 2007 despite the payouts from 2002 and referrals to the General Medical Council (GMC), which they confirmed were received…
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Increase in compensation for GP mistakes in contraception

Mistakes by GPs when fitting intrauterine devices (IUDs), the contraceptive coil, have led to women unexpectedly becoming pregnant and suffering womb damage.

Some problems concerning the contraceptive coil have seen large compensation pay-outs to patients.

One unidentified women suffered a perforated uterus and received more than £100,000 in compensation, whilst another received a similar amount when her GP fitted a coil without realising that she already had one.

Swain & Co.’s specialist medical negligence solicitors are shocked at the findings from the Medical Defence Union, who represent doctors facing negligence claims. The study of 98 claims involving the coil that were brought against GPs between 2002 and 2011 showed that 39 cases let to uterus perforation; 16 involved the GP failing to remove a coil before insertion of another; 12 cases led to the woman becoming pregnant after alleged coil error; 9 cases in which the GP failed to detect that a patient was already pregnant; 8 cases involved the coil migrating outside of the uterus; and 3 other women brought claims for incorrectly fitted coils.

The number of cases may appear small, but in medical negligence this is not a reason for complacency. The potential damage that can be caused can have long term effects to a patient and this is being reflected in the large sums that are being awarded in claims brought against GPs involving contraceptive coils.

For women, having a coil fitted is an extremely intimate procedure and when things go wrong it is vitally important that a woman has the support and expertise of a solicitor who knows how to handle a claim against her GP.

Swain & Co.’s specialist medical negligence team handle cases of GP negligence with sensitivity and a wealth of knowledge.

If you would like to bring a claim against your GP for failed contraception, complications arising out of fitting of your chosen contraception or prescription errors where prescribed medication has interfered with your contraception, contact our expert medical negligence solicitors today.

We offer free initial advice, can act on a no win no fee basis and will get the answers you need, as well as the compensation you deserve.

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Legal Challenges to NHS Rationing

Figures obtained by The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) reveal that a growing number of NHS Trusts are placing restrictions on access to eye surgery. 57% of the NHS Trusts said that they imposed their own criteria, on top of the national standards, for cataract surgery. Swain & Co.’s expert medical negligence solicitors…
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