Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Serious Injury and Clinical Negligence Newsletter – April 2017

We are pleased to present the April 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.

Inquest into death of Isabel Gentry

University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust found responsible of ‘Neglect’ following teenage death from meningitis

Kerry Fifield, Partner, was instructed by the family of Isabel ‘Izzy’ Gentry, following a recommendation from the Meningitis Research Foundation in June 2016 shortly after Isabel’s death.

The Inquest took place at Bristol Coroner’s Court last week, Martin Pettingell, Partner, represented the family at the Inquest.

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Robert Cox and the care of vulnerable adults

The mother of a man fatally stabbed while at a hostel for people with mental health problems has spoken of her disappointment in his care and said ‘there needs to be a joined up approach to care of vulnerable adults.’

Robert Cox, 24, was stabbed to death at a hostel in Bishopston, Bristol, by 42-year-old Derek Hancock in August 2013.

Hancock, who suffered from paranoia and delusional behaviour, was jailed in 2014 after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but Robert Cox’s family has been fighting for an inquest to examine how it was allowed to happen.

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New Report Examines Incidence of Brain Injury in England

This month has seen the release of a report published by the healthcare intelligence provider, Wilmington Healthcare and UKABIF – looking into the numbers of people admitted to hospital after an acquired brain injury in England. The data collected covered the period 2015 to 2016.

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Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital Baby Death Probe

Much media interest was generated following the announcement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that a “cluster” of baby deaths at Shrewsbury Hospital would be the subject of an NHS England investigation.

Coroner’s Inquests have identified failings in the care provided by the Trust to mothers and babies in the course of labour and delivery. Seven separate instances were investigated in the period between September 2014 and May 2016 alone. Two further deaths have been described as “suspicious” but the parents have been denied a formal investigation. In at least four cases, a failure to properly monitor the baby’s heart rate in the womb (CTG trace) has been identified as the cause of the problem.

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Clarke Willmott deliver in supporting brain injury services in Bangladesh

A few weeks ago we brought you news that Clarke Willmott had agreed to sponsor a project to help in the training of psychologists and neuropsychologists in Bangladesh.

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