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Clarke Willmott appointed to limb loss legal panel for the South West

We are delighted to announce that Clarke Willmott LLP has been invited to join the Limbless Association Legal Panel for the South West (Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset,Somerset, Devon and Cornwall). Clarke Willmott has been selected as one of only two panel members for the South West. The Limbless Association (www.limbless-association.org) is...

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Letters of Administration – a requirement for fatal injury cases?

Essential for negligence claims or an unnecessary formality? In cases where someone has died as a result of a fatal injury, those left bereft may then seek to make a claim against those responsible for the death. This could be a claim for funeral expenses, bereavement, and loss of income...

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A Guide To Coroners and Inquests

The Charter for Coroner Services and The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 Each year 493,200 deaths are registered in England and Wales. Approximately 46% of these deaths will be reported to a coroner. Of these cases approximately 13% (30,700) will go on to be the subject of an inquest. For...

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Requesting Copies of Health and Medical Records

The right to access medical records is provided by statute. For living patients, access is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998. Such individuals have an absolute right of access to their or their child’s medical records without giving reason. The only exception would be cases where there is an...

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NHS Reforms and the Post Code Lottery

The Health And Social Care Act 2012 – the most significant NHS reform since 1948 Under the present system the Secretary of State for Health is under a Statutory duty to provide health services, and for the most part this responsibility is delegated to the regional 152 Primary Care Trusts...

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Informal mental health patients, suicide and the right to life

Supreme Court Judgment: Rabone v. Pennine Care NHS Trust Introduction Melanie Rabone was a 24 year old woman who suffered from severe depression. She had a previous history of suicide attempts and agreed to be admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital as a voluntary patient following a suicide attempt on 11...

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