Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Serious Injury and Clinical Negligence Newsletter – July 2017

We are pleased to present the July 2017 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.

Inquiry into baby deaths and brain injuries during birth

According to figures from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists between 500 to 800 babies die or are left with severe brain injury as a result of something going wrong during the labour.

The college has undertaken a national quality improvement programme: ‘Each Baby Counts’ to seek to reduce the number of babies who die or who are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour. The purpose of the project is to try and reduce these figures by 50% by 2020.

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WHO reveal the biggest killer of teenagers is road traffic accidents

The World Health Organisation have released international data which shows that the biggest killer of teenagers across the world is road traffic accidents.

Road traffic accidents caused more deaths amongst teenagers than respiratory infections, self harm, diarrhoeal diseases and drowning.

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Employment Matters – June 2017

This month our employment law experts discuss religious discrimination and harassment, equal rights to have time off after birth for fathers, Charlesworth v Dransfirlds Engineering Services Limited and sponsoring a skilled migrant worker.

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Maternity errors at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Questions are being asked of the safety of maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust with concerns about safe practice for a decade or more.

We recently reported on the investigation announced by the Department of Health.

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Dragon Boat Race 2017 – A day of firsts, thanks to the power of the force

On Sunday 11 June Clarke Willmott was proud to sponsor and take part in the Dragon Boat Race 2017, raising funds for Headway Somerset. The annual event, which sees local teams and businesses frantically paddling along the River Tone against the clock, is a major fundraising event for the charity, which provides social and cognitive rehabilitation for adults with brain injury and support and respite for their families through three Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centres based in Bridgwater, Henton and Yeovil.

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