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Caesarean v Natural birth – pros and cons of each

For many years it has been the case that whenever possible a women should be offered a choice of how to deliver her child – natural vaginal delivery or a caesarean section. However a recent investigation by Victoria Derbyshire from the BBC has shown that in 75% of hospitals women...

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Will London lead the way in eliminating death and serious injury on the roads?

“By far the biggest cause of these tragic events is excessive speed” Roads in central London are to be subject to a 20 mph speed limit from early 2020 – and the key factor in that decision appears to be the Mayor’s ambition to eliminate death and serious injury on...

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Marking the first International World Patient Safety Day

Launching on 17 September 2019 The World Health Organisation is launching the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019. This is a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and to encourage us all to commit to making healthcare safe. Why is this needed? The WHO estimates...

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Concluding a difficult cerebral palsy claim

Gemma Osgood and Harry Trusted discuss a particularly complex claim In this month’s issue of JPIL (journal of personal injury law) issue 3 2019, Senior Associate Gemma Osgood from Clarke Willmott and Harry Trusted, barrister from Outer Temple Chambers, discuss a particularly complex cerebral palsy claim that they were both...

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Falls from height

The second biggest cause of death in agriculture Whilst campaigns such as the NFU’s Farm Safety Week have done much to raise awareness of the dangers of farming, the UK’s agriculture sector has the highest workplace death and injury rate of all the main industry sectors with a fatal injury...

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Post-concussion syndrome

What is a post-concussion syndrome? Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a group of symptoms of varying severity and duration that affect 10-15% of individuals after concussion. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. It is normally the result of a blow to the head. It can also be the result of...

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Reducing death and life-changing injuries on our roads

Proposed measures to improve road safety The Department for Transport (‘DfT’) last week published the provisional 2018 road casualty data for Great Britain. This showed that: 1,782 people died in road collisions – a 1% decline on the previous year – continuing the “plateau” in road deaths in Great Britain since...

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Full and fair compensation in personal injury claims?

Lord Chancellor changes the discount rate If you are the victim of a life changing accident which was at least in part someone else’s fault, or if you sustain injuries as a result of medical negligence, the law in the UK has long provided that you can be compensated financially....

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Hospitals are failing 25% of patients with sepsis

An epidemic which continues to raise concerns Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, sepsis (septicaemia) can be a totally devastating condition, but can also be easily treated if identified promptly. It was therefore very sad to read this morning that an article by the BBC has warned that hospitals are failing to...

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Prosthetic limbs after amputation

Redressing a global imbalance? There can be no doubt that over the last few years the technology associated with prosthetic limbs has improved exponentially, and has massively increased function, independence and activity for people with lower limb amputations. In the UK, prosthetic limbs are now available which have the best...

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