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Maternity unit failures caused unnecessary deaths

An important report on a “dysfunctional” maternity unit has identified serious shortcomings in care leading to the unnecessary deaths of eleven babies and one mother. It also raises concerns about the failure of the NHS and its regulatory bodies to properly investigate concerns once they had been raised and to learn from previous mistakes. In… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Drop-of-a-hat compensation culture – a fallacy?

I was recently called by a journalist at a local BBC radio station and asked to comment on a case in the High Court involving a nurse who was seeking to recover damages for trauma associated with her experience of the death of her pregnant sister. This was following negligent treatment at the East Surrey… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Injured by medical negligence? Instruct an expert

Last week, Melanie Minter and I attended the annual meeting of the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. AvMA or Action against Medical Accidents to use its full name is a charity dedicated to achieving justice for victims of medical accidents and promoting a culture of patient safety. Since its establishment in 1982 it has been… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Psychiatric Injury

Some of the most difficult conversations we have in the Clinical Negligence department are with clients who have suffered major psychiatric injury as a result of the death or horrific injury of a loved one caused by negligent medical treatment.  Given the subject matter these are difficult discussions anyway, but our advice in many cases… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New Guidance for Treatment of Head Injury

It is estimated that approximately 1.4 million people with head injuries visit accident and emergency departments up and down the country every year. Of those, about 200,000 are admitted for treatment. The brain injury charity, Headway, has reported that about 10% of head injuries are classified as “moderate” and about 5% as “severe”. Head injury… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

MP’s Call for Publication of Hospital Staffing Levels

A recurring theme in the numerous clinical negligence enquiries we receive is the poor level of nursing staff in hospital wards, particularly outside the intensive care setting. Clients frequently describe overstretched nursing staff either ignoring calls for help or not having the time to properly address the concerns being raised. A key issue emerging from… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Modernisation of Coroner’s Courts

At Mayo Wynne Baxter, we regularly appear at inquests representing bereaved families and other properly interested parties, including local authorities, and we welcome the long overdue changes to the coronial system which have just been announced by the Ministry of Justice. The Government has introduced a new code of standards to be adhered to by… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Judgment entered in brain injury claim

Judgment has been entered at the High Court in London in favour of an 18-year-old Mayo Wynne Baxter client who suffered profound brain injury as a result of a Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection contracted following her birth.  She is now severely disabled and dependent on full-time care. The claimant alleged that a community midwife… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Landmark Periodical Payment Case

I recently acted for a 63-year old woman in a claim against two GPs following the failure to diagnose a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and refer for urgent hospital treatment.  It was alleged that this failure was negligent and that the consequent delayed diagnosis significantly increased the brain injury inflicted by the hemorrhage and caused her… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

NHS pay £800,000 for uncontrolled post-op infection

The Mayo Wynne Baxter clinical negligence team recently negotiated a settlement of £800,000 for a young woman who had to undergo an above the knee amputation as a result of an uncontrolled post-operative infection. At the age of 15 the claimant was diagnosed with bone cancer and required knee joint replacement and resection of the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)