Medical Negligence

Home / Medical Negligence

The use of surgical mesh Surgical mesh is a medical device usually made of synthetic tissue, to provide support for weakened or damaged tissue. It is frequently used in hernia repairs when the hernia has pushed through the wall of the abdomen and upon repair the abdomen wall requires additional support due to muscle damage. Pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence A less frequently discussed, and perhaps lesser known use for mesh until recently, is for pelvic organ prolapse (POP), where the...

Oliver Thorne, a specialist birth injury lawyer,  has taken the unusual step of writing to the coroner about his concerns regarding the number of incidents he has encountered at North Devon District Hospital's  maternity unit. Oliver's actions have caught the attention of the local press and an article has been featured on Devon Online: http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/under-fire-maternity-unit-high-...

How can the cost of medical negligence claims be reduced while still providing compensation to victims? We are frequently contacted by people who have been the victim of medical negligence but are in two minds about making a legal claim. Their uncertainty is often caused by anxiety about pursuing a case against a medical practitioner they have trusted, the fear of legal costs or the length of time a medical negligence claim might take. However, in addition to these concerns people are increasingly aware from media...

Oliver Thorne, a medical negligence lawyer covering Devon, Somerset and the south west, looks at the decision in RE –v- Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, a case relating to a birth injury condition known as shoulder dystocia. The case also included claims by the child’s mother and grandmother for psychiatric injury. Background The baby at the centre of this case suffered what is known as an hypoxic ischaemic insult during her birth, resulting in permanent brain injury. A claim was made on behalf of...

A short case study of a successful medical negligence claim against the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital which our client's previous solicitors had advised her not to pursue In 2012 our client was undertaking some household chores when she fell from a ladder which was approximately 9 feet high. She landed on her left side and caught her left shoulder on the corner of a door frame as she fell.  As well as injuries to the shoulder she also sustained injuries to her left heel...

We are dealing with a clinical negligence misdiagnosis claim for a young man whose career as a carpenter has been wrecked by the failure of doctors at two hospitals to spot a complex wrist fracture. Our client, an experienced carpenter with City & Guilds qualifications, suffered what seemed to be a straightforward broken wrist back in 2012 when the car in which he was a passenger crashed. The injury was treated as a simple fracture by surgeons at Frenchay hospital in Bristol, and...

Medical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne has been interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett, along with his client for whom he has recovered substantial compensation. You can hear the 5 Live interview with Oliver here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z3zbx#play For further information about benzodiazepine addiction and the legal principles involved in bringing a medical negligence claim for the effects of tranquilizer use call Oliver on 01271 372128 or email him direct at [email protected] ...

Medical negligence specialist Oliver Thorne recently represented a woman from North Devon in a successful medical negligence claim against Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Our client was prescribed a benzodiazepine based drug in the early 1990’s for pain relief. She was advised at the time that she would have to take it for the rest of her life. By the end of the 90’s her pain had improved so she attempted to reduce her dose of the drug. However when she did...

Our medical negligence team have notched up another success. Clinical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne was recently Instructed by the mother of a 10 year old boy to investigate the mis-diagnosis by his GP of appendicitis. The young boy started complaining of stomach pains on 28 September 2014. This pain worsened and he started vomiting. His mother was advised, following a call to NHS 111, to attend his out of hours doctor's surgery. His mother took him to Bideford Hospital at approximately 9pm...

In a recent North Devon Journal article, a Braunton family welcomed the news that a Meningitis B vaccine will be provided to babies and young children. Oliver Thorne, a clinical negligence specialist with Devon and Somerset solicitors, Slee Blackwell, has reason to share their delight. Oliver, who is head of clinical negligence at the firm’s Barnstaple office, commented: “I have been a medical negligence lawyer for nearly 10 years now and have seen a number of meningitis cases during that time....