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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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Relationships after brain injury

The impact of a brain injury can place immense stress and pressure upon a relationship Following the amazing story of the 46 year old Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor James Cracknell was part of the winning Cambridge team at the annual boat race, many commentators have looked at his motivations,...

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Reporting requirements in private hospitals

Do they go far enough to protect patient safety? Many people are aware of the recent case of Ian Paterson, a surgeon who was allowed to conduct hundreds of unnecessary breast operations on patients whom he falsely told had cancer. His actions were allowed to continue for over a decade...

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NHS costs recovery

Increase in the level of recoverable charges It is a little known fact that as a result of a successful claim for compensation for injury, for example after a road traffic accident or accident at work, those responsible for causing injury to others are required to contribute to the cost...

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Our Serious Injury team reflect on their successful “Psychology of rehabilitation” conference

We hosted our annual serious injury training day on the 27 March Our Serious Injury team hosted their annual serious injury training day on 27 March 2019 at Millennium Point in Birmingham. This was the first time the event had been held outside of the South West and reflected the...

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Delayed waiting times for NHS Cancer Treatment

Recent report from the National Audit Office The National Audit Office published a report on 22 March “NHS waiting times for elective cancer treatment”. The report concluded that there could be a rise in negligence claims against the NHS as a result of waiting times increasing. Targets set are not...

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Bowel mesh surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust

Bowel mesh surgery under Surgeon Anthony Dixon should not have been offered For over two years now concern has been expressed regarding post-surgical complications following surgery undertaken at Bristol’s Southmead and Spire hospitals by surgeon, Mr Anthony Dixon. Mr Dixon has been suspended while surgical issues have been investigated by...

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