Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence Newsletter – April 2015

We are pleased to present the April 2015 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.

If there are any issues you wish to discuss further, please contact a member of our team by calling free on 0800 316 8892.

Morecambe Hospital provided “lethal mix of failures”

The investigation into unexpected deaths of newborn babies and mothers at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2013 has been published today and is highly critical of both staff at Furness General Hospital, and regulatory bodies for allowing “serious and shocking” avoidable deaths.

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“Access to Justice Denied … Insufficient Funds”

On 4 March 2015 Parliament passed a Bill enacting the Lord Chancellor’s proposal to increase Court fees for claims commenced in the Courts of England and Wales. The new law, which comes into effect on 9 March 2015, applies to all personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

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Accidents involving animals

We have seen a number of cases recently involving animals.

Crushed by a horse

A retired primary school teacher sadly died from internal injuries after being crushed between two horses on a farm in Tonbridge, Kent. An inquest heard last week that Rosemary Turnbull suffered multiple wounds to her chest and heart as she led the animals ahead of a hunting pack. The Coroner heard that the horses were often “spooked” by the dogs and might have tried to escape during the incident. The inquest was adjourned to allow further evidence to be obtained.

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House of Commons reception for Brainwave

Clarke Willmott partners, Lee Hart and Martin Pettingell were delighted to attend a House of Commons reception to celebrate the excellent work being done by Brainwave, a charity providing therapy for children with additional needs.

Lee said of the reception: “It was a fantastic tribute to the great work being done by Brainwave and an honour to be able to support the charity and see at first hand the skill and dedication of the therapy teams, staff and parents in their determination to bring greater independence to children with neuro-developmental conditions.”

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Clarke Willmott backs further rollout of the THINK! Cycle Safety Campaign

Birmingham and Bristol amongst the highest rates of cyclist accidents per head of population

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP Partner Philip Edwards has welcomed the Government’s extension of the successful THINK! Cycle safety Campaign.

The campaign will include a further seven cities with high cyclist causalities figures, alongside those where it is already established, including Birmingham and Bristol.

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