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Cauda Equina Syndrome Case Study: When red flags are missed by GPs

Posted on 05th November 2019 in Medical Negligence

On 1 March 2019, Mrs Justice Yip, High Court Judge found that Dr Stead, a GP had breached his duty of care to a 35 year old patient whom he saw in his “out of hours” clinic. It seems that Dr Stead failed to note ‘red flag’ warning signs for cauda equina syndrome and to refer Mrs Shaw on urgently to hospital.

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Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week 2019 – Looking Forward

Posted on 25th October 2019 in Medical Negligence

Over the last 25 years we’ve been bringing claims for compensation for children who have suffered Erb’s Palsy injuries at birth, successfully recovering compensation for more than 140 children.

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Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week 2019 ‘Then and Now’ – Chris’ Story

Posted on 24th October 2019 in Medical Negligence

My name is Chris, I’m 19 years old. When I was being born my left shoulder became stuck.  The process of trying to overcome this left me with a severe group 4 brachial plexus injury.  According to my records, the nerve roots in my entire brachial plexus were ruptured or avulsed. Essentially my left arm was paralysed, and I was considered one armed.  My left arm is also a lot shorter than the right one.

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Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week 2019 ‘Then and Now’ – Gavin’s Story

Posted on 23rd October 2019 in Medical Negligence

My name is Gavin and I have a right Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injury, commonly known as Erb’s Palsy, an injury I’ve had since birth. My right arm has an impaired range of movement, reduced strength, endurance and sensation, however I’ve tried not to allow myself to be defined by my injury or let it prevent me from enjoying things.

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Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week 2019 ‘Then and Now’ – Kirsty’s story

Posted on 22nd October 2019 in Medical Negligence

Hello everyone, I’m Kirsty. I have left a grade 3 Erb’s Palsy, with pretty limited movement and very limited strength. I’ve had four operations to improve the function in my arm, which have helped. Erb’s Palsy is part of my life, but I think it’s one of the least interesting things about me; and hopefully you’ll agree with me once I tell you more!

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Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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Erb’s Palsy Group Awareness Week 2019

Posted on 21st October 2019 in Medical Negligence

To raise awareness of Erb’s Palsy and to support the Erb’s Palsy Group we are running a series of articles this week written by young people who have the condition, entitled “Then and Now”.

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Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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I struggled to do my mum justice at her inquest – BBC News

Posted on 01st October 2019 in Medical Negligence

Becky’s mum, Julie suffered with her mental health ever since Becky was a baby. Up until the day she died, Julie tried to get the help she desperately needed.

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Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Better Medical Care Costs Less

Posted on 01st January 2019 in Medical Negligence

We are pleased to confirm the launch of an animation video entitled Better care costs less produced by Prompt (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training), a charity whose aim is to make childbirth safer through evidence-based, multi-professional training and research.

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Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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Proud to support Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week – Tom’s story

Posted on 26th October 2018 in Medical Negligence

Tom sustained a severe Group II obstetric brachial plexus injury with damage to his C5, C6 and C7 nerves following shoulder dystocia during his birth in 1996. Although Tom’s mother sought to bring a claim in the 1990s she was advised at the time that the case did not have prospects of success. Tom subsequently sought legal representation again in his late teens on realising that his injury was going to have a significant impact on his life.

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Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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Proud to Support Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week – Sarah’s Story

Posted on 24th October 2018 in Medical Negligence

In 1995 when Sarah (not her real name) was born, knowledge that a brachial plexus injury was preventable was slowly spreading. During labour, after Sarah’s head was delivered, shoulder dystocia occurred, and Sarah’s left shoulder became trapped against her mother’s pubic bone. In the attempt to manage the obstruction, the registrar who dealt with this obstetric emergency pulled too hard on Sarah’s head. The force used damaged 4 of the 5 nerves in Sarah’s brachial plexus: C5, 6, 7 and C8.

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Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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Proud to support Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week – Adam’s story

Posted on 22nd October 2018 in Medical Negligence

Adam* suffered a brachial plexus injury to his right side during his birth in 1998. The C5, 6 and 7 nerves were damaged as a consequence of the medical staff’s efforts to deliver him by pulling on his head when he was stuck during delivery (shoulder dystocia). Early assessments as an infant by specialists at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital were optimistic and remedial surgery was therefore not performed. However, as Adam grew his recovery was not as had been hoped and he developed abnormalities including contractures and subluxation of the shoulder joint. He had surgery at 2 years, 4 years and 7 years of age.

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Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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NHS Scandals: 2018 Medical Negligence Claims

Posted on 28th September 2018 in Medical Negligence

Those who follow the news would be forgiven for thinking that 2018 is the year of NHS scandals. Sir Brian Langstaffe’s inquiry into infected blood products, from which 3,000 died and over 25,000 are believed to have been infected, is being heard as separate investigations into hospitals in Shrewsbury & Telford suggest that on evidence available so far, 40 babies have died unnecessarily and another 12 bereaved families have been contacted in case the deaths of their children arose from similar causes.

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Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor