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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...

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...