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NHS reports 24 early admissions of negligence for avoidable birth injury cases

The NHS’s defence organisation, NHS Resolution, has reported that for birth injuries occurring during 2017/2018, admissions of negligence were made within months of the birth in 24 cases. According to NHS Resolution, prior to 2017, it took an average...

Cauda Equina Syndrome - After the diagnosis

Every year more than 1,000 cases of cauda equina syndrome (CES) are recorded in spinal centres in the UK. Despite this, there is currently no standard NHS care pathway for people living with the effects of this life-changing condition. What is Cauda Equina...

Poor communication and missed opportunities to obtain informed consent led to wrongful Down's syndrome birth

Boyes Turner have successfully secured judgment on liability for the claimant in the case of Mordel v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 2591 (QB) The defendant NHS trust was found to have failed to obtain informed consent in this wrongful...

Diabetes and Amputation

By 2025 it is estimated that more than 5 million people in the UK will have diabetes. According to Diabetes UK, there have been 26,378 diabetes-related lower limb amputations in the last three years. The statistics relating to diabetes-related amputations...

A new NHS safety strategy - what does it really mean for patients?

In July 2019, the NHS announced a new strategy for improving patient safety. ‘ The NHS Patient Safety Strategy: Safer culture, safer systems, safer patients ’ claims to have the potential to save nearly 1,000 lives and up to £100m in...

Five of the most common claims that we see against GPs

In a career spanning approximately 40 years, a GP can expect several claims of negligence to be made against them. In 2016 the Medical Protection Society (a medical defence organisation) examined their claims data and identified five errors which result in...

Q&A with Richard Money-Kyrle: Compensation for NHS negligence after moving abroad

We are often amazed by the resilience of families who battle through the immense hardship which follows a devastating injury to their child. Whilst the negligent injury and its financial consequences may leave them with no alternative but to claim...

New Group B Strep (GBS) trial may offer hope for reduction in neonatal injury

Group B streptococcus, also known as GBS, is a common infection which is carried by many women. In most cases, for the adult woman, it is harmless. However, when GBS is contracted by a newborn baby, it can quickly overwhelm their undeveloped immune system....

How to win a cauda equina claim ' Q&A with Richard Money-Kyrle, a CES specialist and partner at Boyes Turner

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) - a rare but dangerous medical emergency in which compression of the spinal cord can lead to lifelong disability - has recently hit the headlines. Caught early, much of the resulting damage to the patient’s bowel,...

Who can claim compensation for psychiatric injury caused by medical negligence?

At Boyes Turner, our medical negligence lawyers specialise in high value compensation claims for clients who have suffered life-changing physical and neurological disability. Our clients’ injuries often involve brain damage at birth with lasting severe...

Living with amputation - how does specialist physiotherapy help?

The road to rehabilitation, restored mobility and independence can be rough for an amputee. So, what’s the secret to successful use of prosthetics? We asked Kat Sizer, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at Pace Rehabilitation to share her insights...

Can cohabitees claim compensation after their partner's death from negligence?

The loss of a life partner can never be fully compensated. Marriages, civil partnerships and cohabiting relationships are built on far more than anything money can buy. Nevertheless, in the aftermath of an unexpected death of their spouse or partner...

A timely reminder to be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis

When meningitis strikes, it often does so without warning followed by swift and devastating deterioration. Parents and healthcare practitioners must be alert to the danger signs and ready to act quickly to avoid tragic consequences. Whilst meningitis can...

Delays in diagnosis and treatment of cancer

In its March 2019 report on waiting times for cancer treatment, the National Audit Office highlights that 1.94 million NHS patients with suspected cancer were referred urgently for diagnosis in 2017/2018. The standard set by NHS England is that patients...

HPV vaccination: reducing the risk of cervical cancer

In the ten years since the introduction of free HPV vaccination for teenage girls, Public Health England have reported an 86% decrease in 16 to 21-year-old young women infected by HPV16 and HPV18, the two strains of HPV believed to be the biggest cause of...

Helping clients claim compensation for sepsis and amputation

With sepsis on the increase, it’s more important than ever to raise public awareness of the importance of speed in the diagnosis and treatment of this devastating condition. Here at Boyes Turner, Julie Marsh has recovered compensation for clients whose...

Claiming for bile duct injury after cholecystectomy

Common complications of surgical procedures are often described as recognised risks but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the injured patient is not entitled to compensation for the injury. One such surgical complication is bile duct injury after...

Tuberculosis: more common than you might think

What is tuberculosis/TB? Tuberculosis is a serious, contagious, bacterial infection which commonly attacks the lungs but can also spread to other parts of the body including the brain, spine, abdomen, bones and nervous system. The infection spreads from...

Living with multiple amputations: the next stage in Jan's story

Jan McFadden was left with multiple amputations after surgery to reverse a colostomy led to a perforated bowel, sepsis and necrotising fasciitis. Over the course of the next few days, a combination of hospital failures, including delays in diagnosis and...

Brain injury acquired in childhood: when the signs of damage emerge years later

Nicola Anderson , associate - solicitor with Boyes Turner's specialist medical negligence team discusses what happens when the signs of a childhood brain injury affect adulthood. What is acquired brain injury or ABI? Brain injury occurring in...

Delayed diagnosis of cancer - Can I make a claim?

According to cancer charity, Cancer Research, every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. The NHS deals with over 350,000 new cases of cancer each year. Around a third of those are diagnosed via the ‘two-week-wait’ referral...

Running a fatal case with Tara Byrne

Losing a loved one is always emotionally challenging but when their death was caused by incorrect medical care it is natural that bereaved family members seek help to find out what went wrong. In some cases, particularly where the deceased left no...

Can I claim surrogacy costs after negligent cervical cancer?

Delays in diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer can be fatal or can result in the need for radical treatment with ongoing side-effects such as pain, premature menopause, impaired bowel and urinary function, painful sexual intercourse, fear of ...

Inquests into Stillbirths

According to Tommy’s, the largest charity which funds research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, there are, sadly, nine stillbirths every day in the UK. That adds up to too many families each year affected by the...

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...

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