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Claims against GPs: a new scheme which may speed up the process

The NHS is changing the way in which it responds to negligence claims against GPs. From 1st April 2019, new claims against GPs and other providers of healthcare within GP surgeries will be handled and paid for by NHS Resolution, the same organisation that...

Valproate and birth defects: were you told the facts?

The anti-convulsant drug, sodium valproate, is used to treat epilepsy. It is also used as a mood stabiliser for people with bipolar disorder. Valproate is also known by various trade names, including Epilim and Epival. Valproate is very effective at...

Sepsis - NHS guidance enforces one hour response time

The UK Sepsis Trust report that there are around 250,000 cases of sepsis a year in the UK and around 52,000 (around 20%) of those people die as a result. NHS England has issued new guidance to NHS Trusts aimed at improving diagnosis times and commencement...

Jan's amputation story: Little victories; lots of frustrations

When 58-year-old nurse, Jan, went into hospital to have her colostomy reversed, she could never have imagined how much her life was about to change. Jan had lived with the colostomy for a year after a bowel resection for diverticulitis and the reversal...

Meningitis and its long-term effects

What is meningitis? Meningitis is a serious illness in which infection causes inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. If not treated immediately, meningitis can be deadly. Survivors can experience a number of long-term...

Five child amputees who went on to become successful athletes

Losing a limb is a life changing occurrence. For many amputees, the ordinary activities of everyday life have to be re–thought and re–learned. Child amputees, in particular, require long term support to enable them to regain their confidence...

Awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis

According to The UK Sepsis Trust , every year 52,000 people in the UK die from Sepsis. Those that survive this aggressive infection/illness, can be left with very severe injuries and complications. Boyes Turner solicitors are medical negligence...

An Interview with a Case Manager

If you, your child or another family member has complex health needs arising from negligent care, when funding is available, we can help you to manage these needs by appointing and working with a case manager. We asked Christine Anderson, an experienced...

Interim payments - what they are and how they work

Serious injury compensation claims are complex and can take time to reach settlement even when liability – the issue of who is at fault – has been resolved. Some cases, such as cerebral palsy or other brain injury claims can only be valued over...

Securing compensation for Cauda Equina clients

This week we asked Alpa Rana , an associate - solicitor in the clinical negligence team, about her experience of successfully investigating cauda equina medical negligence cases What information do you need from an individual who has concerns about delays...

Infections which can result in amputation

There are a myriad of infections which can affect the human body, some which can be dealt with as a matter of routine and others that could potentially end in amputation. All infections such as meningitis, post-surgical infections or even the flu can have...

How failing to gain proper, informed consent before spinal surgery can lead to negligence claims

Doctors have a duty to obtain proper, informed consent from you, as their patients. Where, through the doctor’s failure to provide sufficient information, a procedure or treatment is carried out without your informed consent, an action may lie in...

Can cervical cancer make you infertile?

Cervical cancer is the most common type of cancer for women under 35 in the UK . While 99.8% of cervical cancer cases in the UK are preventable, the disease only has a 63% 10-year survival rate post-diagnosis, according to research published by Cancer...

Landmark court ruling: Confirmation that mother of brain-damaged baby is primary victim

YAH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2018] Richard Money-Kyrle represented the mother of a 5-year-old girl who was brain damaged at birth, in her own claim for the psychiatric injuries she suffered as a mother to the injured child during and after the...

Spinal injuries and assistive technology

Injuries to the spinal cord are life-changing. Spinal cord injuries can result in an extensive period of adjustment and rehabilitation for the injured person. In addition to development in the physical recovery and rehabilitation process, there have been...

Delay in diagnosing spinal tumours - Do I have a claim?

Spinal injuries have a devastating effect on lives. At a distressing time, our specialist spinal injury lawyers can offer straightforward and clear advice and assistance. Our approach is to work with our client and their family as necessary to...

All #AGloHa for Child Brain Injury Trust

Over the last week, the staff at Boyes Turner Solicitors have been supporting #GloWeek and raising funds in support of the Child Brain Injury Trust.  As the autumnal evenings draw in, the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) work to highlight the...

60 seconds with Fran Rothwell: What to expect when you call us with a medical negligence enquiry

After suffering a serious injury from inadequate medical care, the thought of contacting a solicitor to discuss a medical negligence claim can be daunting. At Boyes Turner we understand that you will have many questions about the process and prospects of...

Valuing an amputation claim - prosthetic provision

At Boyes Turner, we understand that you cannot put a price on the loss of a limb. However, as experts in medical negligence and personal injury amputation claims, we also understand that it is imperative that any award of compensation fully takes...

Child Brain Injury Training Day

On Friday 12 October we at Boyes Turner were delighted to welcome case managers, therapists and many others who work with brain-injured children to our Child Brain Injury Training Day.  The aim of the day was to highlight the issues a child with a...

How to care for diabetes to avoid amputation

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputation of the lower limbs throughout the world. Charity Diabetes UK notes that problems of the foot are the most frequent reasons for hospitalisation amongst patients who have diabetes. The NHS reports that people...

PACE Rehab Conference 2018 - Beyond the clinic room

Last week the annual PACE Rehabilitation Conference took place in London.  Julie Marsh, a specialist medical negligence claims solicitor at Boyes Turner, attended the event to learn more about transforming the lives of amputees.   The...

What is Charcot foot?

Charcot foot is a serious, limb-threatening complication of diabetes in which the bones of the foot or ankle degenerate and become deformed, leading, if incorrectly treated, to disability and amputation.   The condition arises from a combination of...

Amputation: What are the 3 most common causes we see?

Amputations are more common than you might think. The recent GIRFT report on vascular surgery  puts the current number of lower limb amputations performed on the NHS each year at around 8,000, with an associated mortality rate of 7.5%. The good news...

Vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) - risks of rupture and RCOG recommendations

The RCOG Each Baby Counts programme’s recent report into the anaesthetic care which contributed to the serious brain injury, neonatal death and stillbirths suffered by 49 babies in 2015 highlights some of the highest risk areas in maternity patient...

Susan Brown awarded membership of exclusive Legal 500 Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Susan Brown, partner and clinical negligence team leader, from all at Boyes Turner, for her recent induction into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame . Susan has long been recognised by all the major legal directories as one of the UK’s...

Funding for child prosthetics

In March 2018 the government announced that they will be renewing their £1.5m pledge to provide sports prosthetic limbs for children. The Department of Health initially made the funding available in the wake of the 2016 Paralympics with the...

60 Seconds with... Julie Marsh shares her experience with brain injury claims cases

During Boyes Turner’s campaign to raise awareness of brain injuries, we talked to Julie Marsh, a senior associate - solicitor in the clinical negligence group, about her experience of handling claims arising from delayed diagnosis and treatment of ...

Brain Injury from Subarachnoid Haemorrhage

When subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) occurs, usually without warning, fast action is needed to admit the sufferer to hospital for live-saving surgery. National guidelines set an accepted deadline of 48 hours from incident to surgery. Delays lead to...

Subarachnoid haemorrhage - a medical emergency

Subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) is a medical emergency. Fast admission to hospital for surgery is critical as any delay in surgical treatment can result in severe brain injury or death. Mortality and morbidity rates are high: 30% of people who suffer a...

Civil Liability Bill reaches the House of Commons

The Civil Liability Bill, which will reform the way the personal injury discount rate is to be set in future, has now completed its passage through the House of Lords and has reached the House of Commons. Civil Liability Bill amendments The bill has...

Delays in cranial neurosurgery highlighted by latest GIRFT report

The latest report to be published by Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) reveals the deficiencies and opportunities for improvement in the way cranial neurosurgery services are provided by the NHS. In contrast to previous GIRFT reports which have...

What is kernicterus?

Kernicterus  is a rare but dangerous complication of neonatal jaundice in which the baby’s brain is damaged from excessive levels of bilirubin. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that everybody has in their blood. It is released into the...

What is a neonatal brain injury and how do I claim?

What is a neonatal brain injury? Neonatal literally means newborn. In medical terms, the neonatal period relates to the first few weeks of life. A neonate is a newborn baby. Neonatal care is the specialist care of babies – often born prematurely,...

Neonatal hypoglycaemia is a cause of brain damage - how do I know if my child has a claim?

What is neonatal hypoglycaemia? Neonatal hypoglycaemia is a common metabolic condition in newborn babies which, if left untreated, can cause long-term brain damage and disability. Hypoglycaemia means low blood glucose or sugar. It becomes dangerous...

Brain Injury from Meningitis - sensory after effects

As Meningitis Now’s #MayMayhem dedicated fund raising month here at Boyes Turner comes to an end and we finish off the abundance of cakes and sweet treats on sale, and the sound of party poppers slowly fades from the kitchen, it’s worth...

Julie Marsh, Believe & Achieve mentor for Meningitis Now

Julie Marsh, a senior associate - solicitor within Boyes Turner’s medical negligence team, is delighted to have been accepted to offer mentoring to young people through leading meningitis charity, Meningitis Now’s Believe & Achieve...

Brain injury from meningitis - understanding its effects on speech, language and communication

#MayMayhem  continues at Boyes Turner in aid of Meningitis Now’s fundraising campaign to help reduce the risk and alleviate the suffering caused by meningitis. When meningitis strikes, its consequences can be deadly unless swift action is...

Meningitis and brain injury - what can you expect?

Boyes Turner are supporting Meningitis Now’s #MayMayhem campaign in which the focus is on putting the fun into workplace fundraising to support the charity’s important work.  Message behind the #maymayhem Meanwhile, the message...

#MayMayhem 2018 - Support Meningitis Now this May

Here at Boyes Turner, #MayMayhem is underway as our brain injury lawyers ‘unleash the mayhem’ in support of leading meningitis charity, Meningitis Now. Whilst our office antics will raise a smile, along with funds for Meningitis Now’s...

Meningitis in babies - new warnings from latest research

A new research study into the characteristics of bacterial meningitis in babies below the age of three months has identified potentially dangerous flaws in the way meningitis is currently diagnosed.   The Meningitis Research Foundation, which funded...

Epilepsy medicine Valproate linked to birth defects

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has changed the licensing rules controlling the prescription of valproate drugs for women and girls of childbearing age with epilepsy. The new contraindication of drugs such as Epilim in...

Meningitis B Teen Trial - Join the TEAM!

The NHS is inviting 16-18 year olds to join the TEAM (Teenagers Against Meningitis) by volunteering to take part in an important research study which could help reduce the risk of meningitis, not just to teenagers, but to the entire community. The...

GIRFT Cardiothoracic surgery

Getting It Right First Time ( GIRFT ) has published its latest report into NHS adult cardiothoracic surgery in England. The GIRFT programme aims to help improve the NHS by identifying variations in practice and procurement, sharing and supporting the...

How to end a deputyship

A deputyship can be brought to an end automatically or through choice. There are several ways in which a deputyship can end and these are: If a person dies then the deputyship comes to an immediate end and the Death Certificate must be sent to the...

60 seconds with... Sita Soni shares her experience in running cervical cancer clinical negligence cases

Following on from Cervical Cancer Awareness Week we asked Sita Soni, an associate solicitor in the clinical negligence team, about her experience of successfully investigating cervical cancer medical negligence cases. What key information do you need from...

Vascular Surgery - the latest report from Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)

The latest report from the GIRFT programme has been published, revealing its findings and recommendations for improving the way vascular surgery is delivered by the NHS in England. Funded by the Department of Health and overseen by NHS Improvement and...

60 seconds with a medical negligence lawyer - Julie Marsh

Over the following year we will be sharing a series of question and answer articles about our day-to-day lives in the medical negligence team. Following on from World TB Day , we asked Julie Marsh , a senior associate solicitor in the clinical negligence...

Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world. Together we can end TB

World TB Day takes place on 24 March each year to commemorate Dr Robert Koch’s discovery in 1882 of the TB bacillus, the cause of tuberculosis. At that time, TB accounted for the deaths of one in every seven people. His life-changing discovery...

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