Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence Newsletter – June 2015

We are pleased to present the June 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.

Is your solicitor doing a good job?

When you or someone you know is involved in an accident, the first priority is to make sure you (or they) are alright. Sadly, in many cases that is not the case and those who have been injured, or their families, turn to solicitors for help to recover compensation to meet the costs of medical treatment, care, accommodation and to reimburse financial losses, so the whole family can get back on track.

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Dragon Boat Race 2015

Staff from Clarke Willmott’s Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team are once again took to the water in fancy dress for this year’s Dragon Boat race on Sunday 7 June 2014 at River Tone, Taunton.

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Head injuries to females on the rise

The respected charity, Headway, has today reported on the latest statistics on the incidence of head injury in the UK. By far the most shocking headline to come out of these statistics is that non-superficial head injuries to women have risen by 24% since 2005-2006.

It has long been known that males are statistically the most likely to sustain head injury – particularly young men, and this remains the case, but it is the increase in the figures for females which has caused the biggest shock. In addition, hospital admission for acquired brain injuries has increased by 10% over the same period. Headway calculates that in 2013-14 there were 162,544 admissions for head injury, or 445 every day, or one every three minutes.

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UK GP’s lagging behind Europe in cancer referrals

A study conducted by BMJ Open has revealed that a lack of access to CT and MRI imaging is leading to GP’s in the UK referring patients with suspected cancer much later than their counterparts in mainland Europe.

Doctors taking part in the study across the continent were given a scenario of a patient presenting with symptoms associated with cancer, but also other non-cancerous disease. 61% of doctors in continental countries said that they would refer for cancer screening immediately, whereas only 38% of GP’s in the UK would make the referral in the first instance.

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Hospitals with highest number of “never events” revealed

A “never event” is one that should never happen in a hospital; events that “are utterly unacceptable and pose a huge risk to patient safety” according to the Chief Executive of the Patients Association, Katherine Murphy.

Some examples of “never events” include leaving instruments inside a patient during surgery, wrong implants being fitted, or surgery being performed to the wrong part of the body. All seemingly very easy to avoid, but events that occur with sometimes devastating consequences.

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