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10 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Will the public and press be allowed to watch an inquest?

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One of the questions that I get asked when representing families at inquest hearings is: who is allowed to be in the court room, and are the media or press allowed to attend? Understandably, families can be concerned that something very personal to them may become public.

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2 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Pro bono inquests: can someone represent me at an inquest for free?

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If you want to find out more about your options for funding an inquest into the death of someone close to you, Ali Cloak – Senior Associate and expert in inquests – is here to help you understand your next steps.

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13 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in Case Studies, Medical Negligence

Six-figure settlement secured for client following negligent orthopaedic surgery

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Mrs L brought suffered prolonged pain and disability as a result of a negligent knee replacement. Mrs L, represented by Ali Cloak, received a six-figure sum in compensation.

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Seven-figure settlement secured for client who underwent amputation due to negligent orthopaedic treatment

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Ali Cloak, Senior Associate in our Bath office, secured a seven-figure sum for her client who was had to undergo an amputation following negligent treatment on the part of her orthopaedic surgeon, and later, her GP.

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15 May 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Dying Matters Awareness Week: grieving when you don’t know how or why your loved one died

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Dying Matters is a national coalition of organisations that aim to help people talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. This year, starting on 13 May, the national awareness week will join with organisations to help raise the public’s consciousness of this difficult and distressing topic.

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9 May 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

What might happen now a criminal investigation has been launched into medical deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital?

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The police have announced that they will be undertaking a new criminal investigation into the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. More than 456 patients had their lives cut short by being administered high doses of opiate painkillers such as morphine between 1987 and 2001. Ali Cloak from our Inquests team takes a look at what might happen as a result.

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29 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Pre-inquest review hearings – how can care providers be fully prepared?

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If called to attend a pre-inquest review hearing, it is vital you are fully prepared so you can contribute meaningfully to the discussions and to protect your interests.

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The inquest process – the basics for care providers

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Care is an inherently challenging area to work in. As a social care provider you may well become involved in inquest proceedings, following the death of a service user.

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24 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Bereavement compensation is becoming increasingly unequal across the UK – here’s why

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Northern Ireland will be increasing the statutory compensation available to bereaved families. Families bringing claims in relation to a death in Northern Ireland will now be entitled to over £2,000 more in damages than families in England and Wales.

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16 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What you need to know about the new medical examiners helping bereaved families

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From April 2019, a new system of medical examiners will be rolled out in medical settings to provide scrutiny and better recording of deaths across the country. A pilot scheme with medical examiners has taken place since 2008 so many hospitals, medical professionals or families may have already come across them.

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26 March 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Why is the Government considering giving coroners new powers to investigate stillbirth?

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In welcome news, the government has announced a consultation on plans to bring in new investigative powers for coroners to investigate the cause of stillbirths, and to consider where lessons can be learnt to improve maternal and fetal care during pregnancy. Ali Cloak considers this announcement as well as what it may mean for bereaved parents and the wider public, should it become a reality.

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15 February 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

MOJ rejection of automatic legal aid in state-related deaths demonstrates a failure to understand the realities facing bereaved families in inquests

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The Ministry of Justice has recently released its report which considered automatic provision of legal aid for bereaved families in state-related deaths. Ali Cloak gives her view on the report, and explains why it fails to redress the inequality of arms suffered by many bereaved families involved in an inquest.

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