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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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