Serious Injury and Clinical Negligence Newsletter
Remarkably, in these troubled times even war in a European country is displaced as the headline news by events which took place at the Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust over the last 20 years. The avoidable deaths and injuries suffered by both mothers and babies due to failings in care has come as a shock to the media and the public. Unfortunately, to those of us who practice in this field of law, the stories told are all too familiar, and by no means limited to this one hospital nor to the last 20 years.
Lessons are not learned and will not be learned without a change in culture. That makes it all the more important that we continue to do what we do, whether in the field of clinical negligence or personal injury.
The articles in this edition shine a light on the risks to life and limb which are exposed by our work, supporting clients who may need compensation but who are often driven by the desire to prevent this “happening to somebody else”.
In this edition
- Cutting corners on building sites continues to cost lives – News that the number of construction-related injuries in the UK is on a slow overall decline is welcome, but employers and contractors are still cutting corners and endangering lives, according to personal injury specialist Lee Hart.
- Shrewsbury & Telford Trust – Learning lessons from the past – The long-awaited review into maternity care at Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust, undertaken by Donna Ockenden has finally been published and it makes shocking reading
- Case study: hospital failure to identify pressure sores – Clarke Willmott have recently settled a case for a family where a hospital failed to identify or treat grade 4 pressure sores.
- Are you aware of the changes to the Highway Code? – Many people remain unaware of the new Highway Code rules which came into force in January 2022, aimed at protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
- The short guide to a suspected brain tumour: Treatment and diagnosis – When someone is suspected of having a brain or spinal cord tumour, it can be very difficult. We’ve put together a guide to help you navigate through this tough journey.
- Encephalitis and medical negligence claims – What is encephalitis? Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by an infection or an inappropriate response from the immune system. It can affect anyone of any age, adults and children, and its effects can be devastating.