Birth

12 August 2016

Bringing a Claim for Cerebral Palsy: The “Older” Claimant

In my last blog, I talked about some of the tell-tale signs for birth related hypoxic brain injury and what might trigger an investigation into the way in which pregnancy, labour or delivery has been managed.  The rules on limitation (ie the time limits for bringing a claim) mean that for a child with cerebral palsy, a claim may be capable of being brought many years after the event.  This is because with children, the typical three year time limit does not start to run until they turn 18, meaning that they have until their 21st birthday to formally commence proceedings.  

Bridget Hughes

14 June 2016

Patient Safety: Do we have a culture of openness or secrecy when it comes to patient safety?

The government and the health service need to make this clear if future costly litigation is to be reduced.

25 April 2016

Child’s birth injury judgement highlights poor standards of medical record keeping

The recent decision of Mrs Justice McGowan in the case of FE (represented by his Litigation Friend PE) v. St Georges University Hospitals NHS Trust demonstrates the dangers run by Defendants in defending claims where the medical records and recording of notes is extremely poor. 

30 November 2015

The ‘Weekend Effect’ – Babies born at weekend more likely to die

Babies born at the weekend are more likely to die within seven days than those born on weekdays, according to a study published last week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

This research adds further fuel to the continuing row over the alleged “weekend effect” (see our previous blog, "The ‘Weekend Effect’ – How to avoid dying in hospital"), which ignited following the publication of a study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggesting that an extra 11,000 people died each year following admission to hospital on a weekend as opposed to a weekday.

Katie Allard

23 October 2015

Cerebral Palsy - what are the triggers for investigating a clinical negligence claim?

For many children and adults there is no connection between their cerebral palsy and the circumstances of their birth. For others there is a direct causal link, and for them, their injury may have been avoidable.  

Bridget Hughes

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