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Bowel cancer is very common and roughly 41,800 are diagnosed per year as confirmed by Cancer Research UK. Screening is offered to check polyps which could potentially turn in to cancer if untreated. Common symptoms relating to bowel cancer include abdominal pain, discomfort, feeling bloated, evidence of blood in your stools and a persistent change in bowel habit. Individuals within the UK only receive regular screening tests from the age of 60.  In some areas of the UK, individuals  who are 55...

Slee Blackwell’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams have made the finals of the Personal Injury Awards 2018. In fact we have 4 finalists in 3 different categories. We have two lawyers up for the Claimant Lawyer of the Year award. Medical negligence partner Oliver Thorne, who is currently spearheading our PIP breast implant action in France, is one finalist. The other is sex abuse lawyer, Rachel Thain. Oliver is also a finalist in the Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year award. And Slee...

Over 26,00 people in England had an amputation due to diabetes last year. This represents an increase of 14% on the previous year. Below-the-ankle amputations are a particular threat to people suffering from diabetes, with foot problems accounting for the largest proportion of hospital stays among diabetes sufferers. Diabetes can restrict blood supply to the patient’s legs and feet and reduce the feeling in them. This can then lead to infections and ulcers which can be difficult to treat successfully. However, the...

When an inquest might be necessary In most cases the death of someone who has been receiving medical treatment can simply be certified by a medical professional. However there are circumstances when a Coroner may need to become involved and will open inquest proceedings. This is usually because a person has died suddenly, unexpectedly or in unexplained circumstances. These circumstances may be related to the medical treatment the deceased was receiving. It is only when this process has taken place that the death...

  When embarking on a medical negligence claim, the first telephone call is often the hardest to make. It can be even more difficult if the case relates to personal health issues, when the thought of explaining your problem to a complete stranger seems daunting. We appreciate how delicate these things can be and we strive to make things as simple and as stress-free as possible. Our lawyers are easy to talk to and will soon put you at your ease. Remember, we are dealing with these issues...

Our medical negligence lawyers are standing by to assist people who are worried about the NHS breast cancer screening scandal. Almost a decade of missed appointments The government has admitted to an IT error which has caused approximately 450,000 women to miss out on breast screening since 2009. Of those women, it is estimated that up to 270 may have died prematurely as a result, whilst others have had breast cancer identified at a late stage, some too late to start treatment. The error...

Our client had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and undergone radiotherapy, chemotherapy and brachytherapy at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Brachytherapy is often used in cervical cancer cases and involves radioactive material being inserted directly into the affected area. Following her brachytherapy treatment she experienced pain in her back and shortness of breath. She was readmitted to hospital where she was diagnosed as having two pulmonary emboli. She remained in hospital as an inpatient for ten days and given anticoagulant treatment. However, when she was...

Case Study of a sucessful North Devon District Hospital medical negligence claim On 19th December 2015 our client gave birth to a baby girl at North Devon District Hospital, the delivery was uneventful. She was discharged from hospital later the same day. However, on Monday 11th January 2016 the new mother started to feel unwell. She was experiencing cramping pains in her stomach. The following day she had severe pains on the right side of her stomach and remained in bed for the day. She...

Our client, Allan Austin, has recovered a six figure compensation payout after negligent delay in hernia treatment at Wexham Park Hospital, near Slough, Berkshire. Mr Austin's plight originally caught the attention of the media after hospital delays led to him he developing a hernia that was the size of a football. The story was featured in a number of national newspapers at the time and now the legal settlement is receiving press coverage, with the BBC and other news agencies reporting on the case. Background to...

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...