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

What is neonatal hypoglycaemia? Hypoglycaemia means low blood sugar or low blood glucose. When a newborn baby’s blood sugar drops below safe levels, this is known as neonatal hypoglycaemia. Newborn babies can take a while to develop a regular...

Living with Cauda Equina Syndrome - interview

Today I have caught up with Alison Whitehorn to talk about her life living with Cauda Equina Syndrome. Alison is a Peer Support Champion for the 'Cauda Equina champions' Charity. The charity has an extensive network of support offered across the UK...

ESMiE (Enhancing the Safety of Midwifery-led Births) Enquiry makes recommendations for midwifery-led maternity care

In the UK, healthy women with low-risk pregnancies can choose the setting in which they want to have their baby. Increasing numbers of women are choosing to give birth in midwifery-led maternity settings, such as in an ‘alongside unit’ on the...

Osseointegration vs. prosthetic limb - what are the pros and cons?

Amputations are relatively rare but that is little consolation if you are coming to terms with the loss of a limb or another part of your body. For 2018-9, there were nearly 18,000 finished consultant episodes (FCE) in NHS hospitals across England where...

Delay in issuing proceedings should not prevent asbestos claimant from receiving compensation

The recent decision of Gregory v HJ Haynes Limited is a boost to asbestos claimants who have been unable to identify employers’ liability insurers for their former employers within the 3 year limitation period for issuing Court proceedings. But it is...

Cauda equina negligence - a cause for concern

Cauda equina negligence is one of the most common causes of high value compensation claims against GPs. In recent years, many of the medical defence organisations, including the Medical Defence Union (MDU) and the Medical Protection Society (MPS), have...

Tuberculosis - the basics about TB

Tuberculosis or TB is one of the top 10 causes of death in the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated in its 2019 report that TB was the leading cause of death from a single type of infection. Whilst the world’s focus is currently on...

Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) - severe vaginal tears in childbirth

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recently announced the roll out of the OASI Care Bundle project to maternity units across the UK. The project aims to lower the number of severe vaginal tears experienced by women in childbirth....

Blindness and visual impairment from glaucoma and retinal detachment - negligent causes and compensation claims

In a recent post , we discussed how blindness and visual impairment are often a devastating feature of the serious brain injury claims that we pursue for our clients at Boyes Turner. In this article, we look at two common causes of blindness and loss of...

Meningitis - who is at risk?

Whilst watching out for meningitis might be the last thing on people’s minds during the coronavirus pandemic, Meningitis Now believe it is more important than ever to stay alert and protect ourselves and our families from this life-threatening disease....

NHS tells patients needing urgent medical care, 'We're open: Help Us Help You'

Leading medical health charities are joining the NHS in urging people to help themselves, their children and the NHS by seeking help from their GPs, NHS 111 and A&E services if they need treatment for serious health conditions. The charities’...

The success of the MenB vaccine

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that worldwide, meningitis causes more deaths in children under five years old than malaria. The WHO is focusing on a global strategy to defeat meningitis by 2030. One of the ways to...

Anaphylaxis medical negligence claims - compensating severe injury from severe allergy

This Anaphylaxis Awareness Week we have seen many timely reminders from organisations who are raising awareness of the dangers of the most severe form of allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock. Whilst most people, particularly parents of young...

Blindness and Visual Impairment from Neurological Injury - negligent causes and compensation claims

Blindness and visual impairment feature in many of the claims that we pursue for our seriously injured clients at Boyes Turner. Whilst this devastating form of disability is sometimes the result of damage to the eye, blindness and eyesight problems can also...

Is £15,000 enough for the loss of a life?

Bereavement damages awarded under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 will increase from 1 May 2020 to the sum of £15,120.  Losing a loved one is of course a devastatingly difficult thing for anyone to have to go through.  Losing someone due to...

Meningitis and its long-term effects

When signs of meningitis are mistaken for less serious illness, such as flu, delays in treatment put the patient at risk of permanent disability or death.  For those who survive the disease, the long-term effects of meningitis can be devastating,...

Amputation claims - THE FACTS

Amputation is becoming more common in the UK with increasing numbers of people requiring surgical removal of limbs, hands or feet to treat complications of diabetes, arterial disease and serious infection. Whilst lifestyle choices, such as smoking,...

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

When a woman who has previously had a caesarean section is advised to have her next baby by vaginal (VBAC) delivery, she may be at risk of uterine rupture. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists or  RCOG guidelines require maternity teams...

APIL says government's increased statutory bereavement damages payment is not good enough

The government has confirmed that from 1st May 2020 the statutory bereavement compensation payment which may be claimed by the spouse, civil partner, or minor child of someone who has died as a result of negligence, will increase to £15,120. The...

NHS boot camp hopes to reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes

Leading diabetes charity, Diabetes UK estimates that 3.9 million people in the UK are living with a diagnosis of diabetes. 90% of those who are known to have diabetes have Type 2. In addition, the charity believes that a million more people are unaware that...

Common brain injury claims from anaesthetic negligence

Modern anaesthesia is generally regarded as both sophisticated and safe. Where serious injury occurs during or after surgery, it usually arises from factors that are not directly related to the anaesthetic. However, where serious brain injury occurs during...

Erb's Palsy - gaining support from compensation

Every child is different. At Boyes Turner we know from experience that each child’s Erb’s palsy injury is as unique as they are. The damage to the nerves that comes from excessive traction on the brachial plexus during birth can be partial or...

Minor illness or major concern? - do I need a doctor or Pharmacy First?

Co-authored by Annabel Barons and Richard Money-Kyrle With GPs under increasing pressure, the NHS Long Term Plan aims to increase pharmacists’ powers so that they can offer one-to-one appointments and advice, take NHS 111 referrals, make medical...

National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) - care must improve to avoid risking patients' lives

The latest report from the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) warns that care of patients needing emergency abdominal surgery must improve if hospitals are to avoid unnecessarily risking patients’ lives. Key areas needing improvement included...

Delays in the treatment of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. It is caused by damage to the optic nerve from the pressure of the fluid in the eye. In the UK it is estimated that two percent of the population over the age of 40 have glaucoma. In England, about...

The 5 most common reasons our clients have been in SCBU

Boyes Turner are specialists in cerebral palsy, birth injury and neonatal care negligence claims, which means that most of our severely disabled child clients and their families will have spent time in the hospital’s SCBU. What is SCBU? SCBU (often...

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2020

Q & A with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from 20 – 26 January 2020 and Boyes Turner is supporting cervical cancer charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (Jo’s), in raising awareness about cervical...

Perineal tears in childbirth - do I have a claim?

According to The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), up to 90% of women will suffer a vaginal or perineal tear/graze during childbirth. For most women, although painful at the time, the wounds heal without any long-term problems,...

Medical negligence claims from errors in post-operative care

Whilst surgery may often be the only or the most effective treatment for a medical condition, patients and their doctors all accept that surgical procedures inevitably have an element of risk. Surgeons and anaesthetists must assess each patient’s risk...

Meningitis: risks and safety tips for students

With meningitis and its dangers to university students recently in the news, here’s a quick reminder of the warning signs of meningitis, and how to keep yourself or your student child safe. Who is at risk of meningitis? In short, everyone is at...

Erb's palsy - making a successful medical negligence claim

Erb’s palsy (also known as brachial plexus paralysis or palsy) is a medical condition in which nerve damage to the brachial plexus nerves causes paralysis or weakness of the arm. It usually occurs during childbirth when a baby’s shoulder...

Supporting clients with Erb's palsy using assistive technology

Erb’s palsy following brachial plexus injury at birth can cause lifelong disability, restricting day-to-day activities in a way that is both challenging and frustrating. At Boyes Turner, we are often able to help our clients with Erb’s palsy...

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...

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