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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...

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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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Advances in treatment and rehabilitation in the UK

“It is a privilege to work closely with eminent surgeons in the field of trauma” Lee Hart, Head of the Serious Injury team, recently attended two conferences in the field of amputation and rehabilitation with a view to developing his knowledge and expertise, to ensure that our clients have access...

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What price parenthood?

The value we place on a family In an article published in this quarter’s issue of the Journal of Personal Injury Law, Chris Thorne, Head of the Clinical Negligence team, with a special interest in infertility and IVF issues, returns to issue of shortcomings in the law relating to the...

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Clarke Willmott host South West Acquired Brain Injury Group

Action for brain injury week As part of action for brain injury week, our serious injury and clinical negligence team hosted an informative session with the South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) at our Taunton office. We heard from Jackie Burt, Chair of the Brain Injury Social Work Group,...

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Cohabitants to be entitled to recover bereavement damages

The Ministry of Justice proposes change to legislation to allow cohabiting couples to recover bereavement damages Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (FAA), where a death has occurred as a result of negligence, the action can include a claim for bereavement damages. This is a statutory award of damages, currently...

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Dangerous Dogs

We assist victims of dog attacks and dog owners under investigation There have been a number of high profile attacks by dogs in the news recently, notably the tragic case of Frankie Macritchie, a nine-year-old boy from Plymouth who was mauled by a ‘bulldog-type’ dog in a caravan during a...

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