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18 May 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Statutory bereavement award increased from 1 May 2020

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Earlier this month, the statutory bereavement award in England & Wales was increased. This blog explains about the change in the bereavement award and when the award is payable to those bringing a claim.

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3 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What is the effect of Coronavirus on ongoing inquests and coroner’s investigations

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Coronavirus is having a major impact on nearly all aspects of our lives. But what if you were already due to have an inquest hearing to find out how a loved one died? What do you do if you were awaiting information from the coroner just before the outbreak?

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13 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Recent reports highlight continuing tragedy of prison deaths

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Following the latest statistics on prison deaths in England, Ali Cloak considers the alarming findings and explores the inequality of funding for families in prison inquests.

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10 December 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion, PI Tech

How is technology changing how post mortems are performed?

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As part of her work considering all aspects of inquest law, Ali Cloak, considers the increasing use of post-mortem imaging to determine a cause of death as an alternative to an invasive surgical autopsy.

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24 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Case Studies, Medical Negligence

Client who lost use of his right thumb due to negligence secures settlement

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Ali Cloak recovered damages for T, a client who lost the use of his right thumb after a failure to identify the extent of his fractured thumb and failing to provide him with the necessary treatment.

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Five-figure sum for 16 year old who developed knee problems as a result of a delayed diagnosis

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Ali Cloak recovered five-figure sum for B, a 16 year old client who suffered a meniscal tear in her knee which went undiagnosed for nearly six weeks resulting in the need for a substantial operation and a likelihood of significant knee problems in later life.

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£30,000 secured for negligent treatment of broken wrist

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Ali Cloak recovered £30,000 for L, a client who suffered loss of mobility in her wrist as a result of a failure of medical staff to recognise that her broken wrist was not healing correctly .

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11 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Baby loss, stillbirths and the inquest process: information for parents and families

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When a family experiences the loss of a baby, it can be difficult to know where to go to get answers. Here, Ali Cloak from our inquests team helps you understand the process.

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10 September 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What you need to know this World Suicide Prevention Day

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Our inquest specialist, Ali Cloak, works with families who have sadly been bereaved by suicide and helps them through the inquest process that looks at how their loved one came to take their own life. Here, on World Suicide Prevention Day, she considers the recent statistics released about increased suicide rates in the UK and Ireland.

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21 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

Inquest factsheet

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19 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Case Studies, Medical Negligence

£66,000 for client who underwent negligent tendonitis treatment

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Ali Cloak acted for L, a 46 year old woman who received negligent treatment of her tendonitis in her ankle when she attended her GP surgery.

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15 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

A look at the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019

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Ali Cloak, senior associate at Royds Withy King, considers the key provisions of the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019, SI 2019/1112 and likely practical implications on coronial procedure as well as future developments.

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