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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sports prostheses for children

The Department of Health has announced that £1.5 million has been made available to provide specialised sports prostheses on the NHS for children in England. Taking his inspiration from Team GB’s outstanding performance at the 2016...

£90,000 compensation awarded following tragic stillbirth

The lady’s pregnancy was reported to be normal and all the usual scans were undertaken during the pregnancy. At 36 weeks, the midwife considered that the baby was breech and sent the lady for a scan. The scan confirmed breech presentation but showed...

Stillbirth negligence claim settled for £68,750

A lady who had a relatively straightforward first pregnancy and attended the usual appointments, sadly lost her baby at 38 weeks gestation.  When she was 36+5 weeks pregnant, she attended an antenatal appointment at which the fundal height was...
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