Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Serious Injury and Clinical Negligence Newsletter – August 2016

We are pleased to present the August 2016 edition of our Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence newsletter from the Clarke Willmott claims team.

Our aim is to provide you with a brief overview of key developments and issues in the field of serious injury and clinical negligence.

Amputation Training Day – life after limb loss – 5 October 2016

We are delighted to present our 2016 training day, life after limb loss, which is aimed at intermediate to advanced level treatment and care providers plus serious injury and clinical negligence members of the legal profession.

The content includes treatment of meningitis and its consequences; prevention of amputation from a diabetes angle; NHS and private prosthetic provision; plus next generation prosthetic limbs and limb transplanting.

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Analysis of Cerebral Palsy Provision

As a Solicitor who has represented a number of families where cerebral palsy has arisen from negligent treatment over the last 10 years it is very apparent that the families have to fight to obtain the very best treatment for their children and invariably they do so by making huge sacrifices in their own life and at considerable expense both in time and money. They also often have to travel considerable distance to obtain the most appropriate therapy as there is none local to them.

Information in respect of suitable therapy or services is often not readily available to them so not only do they have to undertake extensive research but then try to access to those services.

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Let down by the medical profession, let down by the investigation

We reported on the outcome of the investigations into the tragic death of Devon toddler Sam Morrish from sepsis in 2010. In her first report published 2 years ago, the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman criticised the failings in care provided by The Cricketfield GP Surgery, NHS Direct, Devon Doctors Ltd, and South Devon NHS Trust and found that Sam would have survived had he received appropriate care.

Subsequent reports in to the death of baby Charlie Jermyn and William Meads, who was only 12 months old at the time of his death, have highlighted similar unacceptable failings by other health professionals at other trusts. The cases highlighted the need for all medical professionals and indeed, parents, to be aware of the signs of sepsis. The Sepsis Trust provide useful guidance on recognising the symptoms and have done sterling work to raise profile and awareness of the condition, culminating in the issue of recent NICE guidelines promoting sepsis as a possible diagnosis in many scenarios where it might previously have been overlooked.

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Aspirin – what do we know about the benefits of this cheap but effective drug in stroke prevention?

Aspirin – wonder drug?

Aspirin is in most of our household medicine cabinets as a stand-by for pain relief but is it some kind of wonder drug?

That may be a difficult question to answer but recent research, published in the Lancet in May 2016 by Professor Peter Rothwell and his team suggests that it may offer even more value than previously thought in helping to prevent the often life-changing effects of major stroke.

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Director’s personal liability to injured employees – a step too far?

When somebody is injured in the course of their employment and the cause of that injury is the action or inaction of their employer the injured person will often be able to claim compensation from their employer.

If that employer is a limited company then any claim would be made against the company rather than any of the individuals who might own or run it.

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