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Spinal injuries and sport.

Kim Daniells
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  The world of elite sport is also, often,  a world of risk and sometimes, of devastating injury.  Life-threatening injuries occur in just a fraction of a second and careers can be ended, or significantly disrupted , as we saw recently...

Birth Trauma - an end to suffering in silence.

Kim Daniells
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We know that advances in medical care have resulted in childbirth being safer now for mum and baby than ever before.  Even where complications arise, specialist obstetric and neonatal care helps to ensure that the vast majority of difficult...

Headway campaign - brain injury fatigue.

Kim Daniells
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Those of us who work closely with survivors of serious head injuries are aware of the particular challenges associated with fatigue as a consequence of brain injury.  Headway have recently reported that it is the most commonly cited symptom...

Call to end postcode lottery for stroke treatment.

Kim Daniells
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In an article for Neuro Rehab Times the chief executive of the Stroke Association, Juliet Bouverie, has called for an end to the postcode lottery for stroke care.  Bouverie points out that in some areas even basic stroke treatment is not being...

Valuable support from the SIA for our clients with spinal cord injuries.

Kim Daniells
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The CNCI Team have recently received their updated Certificate confirming corporate membership of the Spinal Injuries Association.  We are proud to be associated with this organisation.  We are pleased to be able to support the SIA in...

Maternity care ... failings and investigations.

Helen Caulfield
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There has been much in the media recently about the problems and alleged failings with maternity care at Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust. Issues have arisen that suggest long term difficulties at the Trust from the 1990's until just a...

Claiming compensation for a child's injuries.

Helen Caulfield
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Those who have suffered serious injury as a result of clinical negligence may not initially feel that legal advice is a priority. Coping with the effects of injuries may dominate the lives of the injured person and family members. Later, when questions...

Childbirth injuries to mother.

Helen Caulfield
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Where there are problems at the time of childbirth, the focus is often, and understandably, the potential impact upon the health of the child.  However, it is important to remember the potential impact that negligent care can have on the...

Cerebral palsy awards...and NHS funds.

Helen Caulfield
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Media  portrayal of the financial plight of the NHS, and of cases where millions are awarded to victims of clinical negligence, can raise concern amongst the public. Those who rely upon the NHS for all aspects of medical care from cradle to grave...

Birth options - choosing a caesarian.

Helen Caulfield
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In good, modern, medical practice patients are routinely advised of their options for treatment, and the pros and cons of each. This allows patients to opt for the level of intervention that is right for them. In theory this should...

Stillbirths - a CNCI special report.

Kim Daniells
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  STILLBIRTHS: “IT IS A LIFE SENTENCE: SOMETHING YOU NEVER GET OVER” In spite of advances in medical science and healthcare training, there are still thousands of stillbirths in the UK each year. In this special report, CNCI looks...

PTSD and traumatic childbirth.

Kim Daniells
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A successful birth is a satisfying occasion for the medical staff involved, the majority of whom care deeply for the welfare of the mothers and babies in their care and who find assisting them at a crucial time to be very rewarding. ...

CICA "same-roof" rule due for abolition.

Kim Daniells
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Those who have suffered injury as a result of violent crime may find they have no alternative other than to seek compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.  Awards made by the CICA are assessed way of a tariff. ...

Care funding in an age of austerity.

Kim Daniells
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The case of a family, which claims the NHS ‘turned its back’ on their sick mother and cost them £250,000, is another example of the complexities of providing care for an ageing society. Russell Byfield, from West Yorkshire, and his...

Health and safety - essential for saving lives.

Kim Daniells
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An inquest into the death of an engineer killed by an ammonia leak at a brewery has concluded.  David Chandler, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, died at the Carlsberg plant in Northampton on 9 November 2016. The 45-year-old died after inhaling...

Male post-natal depression.

Emma Hudson
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  Post-natal depression is an issue which is usually associated with women for obvious reasons - after all men don’t go through pregnancy and childbirth. The birth of a child can, however, be emotionally challenging for both parents.  A...

GDPR - access to medical records.

Emma Hudson
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  For patients who wish to access their own medical records, the recent changes to data protection legislation eliminate one obstacle – fees.  From 25 th May 2018, in most cases, patients must be given access to their medical records...

Action for Brain Injury Week.

Kim Daniells
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    Our experience at working with, and for, individuals who have suffered a serious brain injury has made it clear that it is not just the individual that is impacted. Brain injuries change the lives of those who have suffered injury and...

Civil and Criminal justice systems for victims of abuse.

Grace Monteith
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Many victims who are able to discuss their experiences of sexual abuse enter into the criminal process without the knowledge that they are also entitled to make a civil claim for their physical and psychological injuries. For other victims, a civil...

Listening to abuse victims.

Grace Monteith
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In recent years, we have witnessed a shifting attitude surrounding the issue of sexual abuse. Thankfully, this is something that is constantly becoming less and less of a taboo subject. We are now much more accustomed to reading about sexual abuse in...

Gaming Disorder Classified as a Mental Health Condition.

Emma Hudson
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  The World Health Organisation is to soon classify compulsive gaming as a mental health disorder in The International Classification of Disease diagnostic manual.  The manual will outline the criteria needed to determine whether someone can...

Time limits for abuse claims.

Kim Daniells
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It is common for those who have experienced abuse in the past to ask questions about the time limits for bringing a claim. The time limit for a civil court action in respect of personal injuries is governed by statute and is often expressed as...

Helping abuse victims - each and every day.

Grace Monteith
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Legal professionals dealing with cases for sexual abuse or assault are, quite rightly, focussed on their role in achieving either a criminal conviction or an award of compensation. In pursuing these matters they are righting historic injustices,...

Occupational stress - it is time to talk.

Emma Hudson
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Mental health illness has barely been out of the news in recent months. From the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry talking about childhood bereavement to Rio Ferdinand discussing his own struggles following the death of his wife, it seems...

Specialist team 'best in region'.

Kim Daniells
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Our specialist clinical negligence and catastrophic injury (CNCI) team has been identified as the best in our region, based on feedback from fellow legal professionals, and shortlisted for a nationwide award to be judged early next year by Legal 500, the...

Occupational stress - a serious issue.

Kim Daniells
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Stress undoubtedly enters most people’s professional lives at some time or another.  The extent to which stress is an issue is not determined by the type of profession in which you work or the salary you earn.  Occupational stress can affect...

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2017

Kim Daniells
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Next week is Baby Loss Awareness Week. This is an annual event, providing an opportunity for parents, families and friends to remember their precious baby who has died. The event is led by SANDS in collaboration with over 40 charities in the UK. SANDS, and...

The injustice of CICA rules

Richard Wood
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Press coverage of child abuse cases has, in recent years, helped to shed some light upon what would otherwise be a hidden and shameful episode in our history. We are all now much better informed about the terrible abuse inflicted upon children both in the...

Care cap deferral - the demographic challenge.

John Coulson
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IN spite of the UK being one of the world’s richest nations, currently in a period of economic growth, in 2015 the Government deferred introducing its policy to cap the amount people must pay towards the cost of their care in old age. As one...

Safety a big concern in NHS and care sector, CQC inspections confirm

Emma Hudson
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Safety standards across the NHS and care sectors are a "significant concern" with particular problems in hospitals, health watchdog inspectors are warning. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that three-quarters of the 79 hospital...

Side lined families and a failure to learn from past mistakes?

Kim Daniells
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BBC News obtained a draft report which claimed a major NHS trust had failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 patients with mental health conditions and/or learning difficulties since 2011. This, in turn, has prompted the...

Thousands of elderly go hungry in residential care, research claims

Helen Caulfield
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Thousands of elderly people receiving care at home are not being given enough to eat or drink, according to new research. An estimated 40,000 older people say meals are inadequate, or provided very late in the day, leading to worries they are becoming...

Fixed costs - a sticking plaster for the NHS?

John Coulson
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IN a time of concern over health service costs  it is easy to see why it is convenient for the Government to blame  ‘greedy’ lawyers for £1.1bn in pay outs by the NHS for cases where patients have been harmed. But to adopt...

Primary care - the legal costs.

Kim Daniells
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The Medical Protection Society has called for fixed costs to be introduced for small value legal claims against GPs. In support of their call the MPS cited a recent case where a delayed diagnosis of skin cancer saw a patient awarded damages of...

Time to listen.

Kim Daniells
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IN days before the current sophisticated technology, training and drugs associated with childbirth, it was accepted that the short journey from womb to daylight was the most dangerous of our lives, not just for the child but for the mother too. Now in...

Consent ... but not as we know it.

Richard Wood
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As Britain is a mature, stable, democracy millions of us place our trust in our national organisations and institutions every day. Almost unquestioningly we send our toddlers to nurseries, step on international flights, ride in taxis and dine out because...

A Sporting Chance.

Emma Hudson
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In May of this year a player in the French Rugby Union Team Toulouse, Florian Fritz, suffered an injury to his head after colliding with the knee of an opposition player.  The footage of the collision and its aftermath is accessible on Youtube. What...

Headway - making a difference.

Richard Wood
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The brain injury charity Headway have recently re-launched their GP campaign to call once more for Headway supporters across the UK to get their message out to GPs. The re-launch has come at a time when according the to Royal College of General...

The price of justice.

John Coulson
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A report in The Sunday Telegraph of 1st February 2014 alleged that “Ambulance-Chasers push NHS costs bill to £200m”The article went on to state that some lawyers are claiming costs and fees up to 10 times more than the damages awarded...

Learning from loss.

Emma Hudson
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One of the saddest and most difficult aspects of dealing with clinical negligence and catastrophic injury claims is speaking to families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. At what is for them the most devastating time...

Experience and expertise.

Kim Daniells
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These are confusing and difficult times for those who have been affected by serious injury and would like specialist advice and support. Until April of this year there was a reasonably clear distinction between claims management companies and specialist...

Complaints Legal Challenge.

Helen Caulfield
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Patients who have concerns about medical treatment may opt to follow a complaints process, or seek legal advice. Many opt to do both. At a difficult and often distressing time patients and their families understandably want to make sure they have...

Care in crisis.

Kim Daniells
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Research has revealed a quarter of all social workers resort to lying on official forms to get care for the frail elderly 26% of workers carrying out assessments of elderly care needs, admit to deliberately exaggerating how frail they are to meet...

Government response to the Francis enquiry.

John Coulson
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Seven weeks after the publication of the Francis report the Government has released its initial response. The response announced a number of reforms and has received a mixed reception from health professionals. Central to the Government’s response was...

Antipsychotic medication for dementia.

Emma Hudson
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According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. 80% of care home residents have either dementia or severe memory problems. Dementia is not a single condition but an umbrella term for a number of...

Social Care Reform.

Emma Hudson
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The Government have announced their much heralded reforms to the funding of social care. In doing so they have announced their intention to implement some of the recommendations from the ‘Dilnot Commission’ . The Commission was...

The Francis Report and the Duty of Candour.

Helen Caulfield
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What happened at Mid Staffs between 2005 and 2009 was failure at all levels, affecting thousands of patients and leading to "appalling and unnecessary suffering". There was a wholesale "lack of care, compassion, humanity and leadership"....

Five indicators of neglect in care homes

Kim Daniells
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If you don’t know what you’re looking for it can be difficult to identify cases of neglect in care homes. Below are five indicators that an elderly relative may be suffering from neglect. These indicators are by no means exhaustive, nor do they...

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

Kim Daniells
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In 2009 I attended an inquest into the death of a patient who had been discharged from hospital just a few days before. I heard a Consultant responsible for the deceased’s care, explain the sequence of events that had led to the patient being...