Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Serious Injury and Clinical Negligence Newsletter – September 2016

We are pleased to present the September 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.

A grand finale to a wonderful partnership

Our Bristol office have come to the end of their two year relationship with Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) and are thrilled to announce they have contributed a total of £72,000 to the charity during this time.

MRF have been our Bristol office chosen charity since 2014 and during this time Clarke Willmott have hosted a number of key fundraising events including our personal injury and clinical negligence team’s highly successful Amputation and Paediatric Brain Injury training days and the office’s popular Monopoly and Question of Sport challenges.

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Report suggests Motor Insurers penalise ethnic minorities with higher premiums

As reported in the Guardian newspaper yesterday, a report published by consultancy Webber Phillips and commissioned by Thompsons Solicitors, has concluded from an analysis of available data that there is a “strong statistical relationship” between the prevalence of minority ethnic households in specific UK postcode areas and a higher cost of average motor insurance premiums, and that the evidence indicated that ethnic minorities were being targeted by motor insurers for higher premiums.

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This is the message from Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) today as they start a month long campaign to encourage youngsters starting University to take up vaccination for a deadly strain of Meningitis that is on the rise.

MRF are working in conjunction with UCAS, Public Health England and other public health agencies for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure that this important issue is understood.

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Dr Ava Easton to talk at Clarke Willmott “The Brain Game” Seminar

Encephalitis Chief Executive reads from her book – “Life After Encephalitis”

The consequences of living with an often devastating brain injury have been brought to life in a new book which will have its Birmingham launch at the offices of Clarke Willmott LLP as part of the firm’s annual Brain Injury Conference on 29 September.

Life After Encephalitis is the culmination of three years’ work for Dr Ava Easton, chief executive of The Encephalitis Society, and provides a unique insight into the experiences of those affected by the condition, showing how listening to patients and their families can help us understand how they make sense of what has happened to them.

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Are cuts to the NHS Budget causing a rise in medical mistakes?

NHS Digital figures show that in the ten years from 2005 to 2015, the number of hospital attendances by patients caused by an ‘unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage during surgical and medical care’ rose from 2,193 to 6,082.

Health campaigners have argued that this rise in ‘mistakes’ has been caused by inadequate staffing and growing pressures within the NHS.

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