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Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence Newsletter – February 2014

We are pleased to present the February 2014 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 , or visit our website for more information .


Clarke Willmott LLP appoints Chris Thorne as Partner

We are delighted to announce the strengthening of our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence practice with the appointment of Chris Thorne as Partner.

Chris specialises in acting for victims of medical accidents. He also has extensive experience in dealing with victims of road traffic and work place accidents who have suffered life changing injuries, often brain or spinal cord injuries. Chris gained worldwide recognition as a leading expert in cryogenics, IVF and male fertility after he represented the claimants in the ground breaking case Yearworth vs North Bristol NHS Trust and victims of Sheffield and Edinburgh sperm destruction incidents.

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Landmark Victory For Scottish Sperm Donations

An attempt by NHS Scotland to prevent men having the same rights in respect of their stored sperm samples as their counterparts in England has failed following a landmark judgement in The Court of Sessions.

The case arose after a failure at the storage facility in the Western General Hospital in July 2001, allegedly due to negligence on the part of the NHS. The facility stored sperm samples from men undergoing chemotherapy treatment who wanted to preserve their ability to father children, should the treatment render them infertile.

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Equine Seminar

Over the last two years we at Clarke Willmott have found ourselves dealing with an increasing number of queries and claims involving injuries sustained in incidents involving horses.

On the 12 March 2014 we are running a seminar at our Taunton office for the benefit of horse owners, riders, livery yard and riding school owners, race yards and equine event organisers with the focus on minimising exposure to risk to those involved with horses and the consequences when things go wrong.

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New Guidelines on Treatment of Head Injury

Each year 1.4 million people attend emergency departments in England and Wales with a recent head injury. Between 33% and 50% of these are children aged under 15. Of this large number relatively few will go on to suffer serious acute complications leading to long term disability or death however the need to identify and treat those who are most at risk of such complications is paramount.

January 2014 has seen the publication of updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the triage, assessment, investigation and early management of head Injury in children, young people and adults.

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Motorsport injury compensation claims

Participants and spectators at motorsport events who suffer injury may in certain situations be able to pursue a claim for compensation in negligence against the organisers, track owners or regulating body.

Motorsport claims are often complex and require detailed knowledge of safety guidelines as set by the FiA (Federation Internationale de L’Automobile) and the relevant British governing body for example the ACU (Autocycle Union) for motorbikes and the MSA (Motorsports Association) for cars.

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