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12 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The new Children’s Funeral Fund: what is it and who does it help?

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New Government funding announced last month means that no local authority will now be able to charge parents for the burial or cremation of children who have passed away.

This announcement follows a 28-year campaign by the MP Carolyn Harris and means that parents who are in the devastating position of losing their child will not have to struggle financially to provide their child with a dignified and respectful funeral.

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29 March 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Medical Negligence, Opinion

The Parental Bereavement Bill – here’s why it’s important

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Currently there is no legal requirement for employers in the UK to provide paid leave for grieving parents, but a new bill – currently in parliament – could change that. Here’s what you need to know, and why it’s important.

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1 February 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Chief Coroner’s Annual Report – what does it mean for care providers?

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At the end of 2017, the Chief Coroner published his annual report on inquests over the preceding year. The report provides useful insights for care providers on the common pitfalls in care provision that have been identified during inquests and how to avoid similar incidents being repeated.

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5 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Chief Coroner calls for wider availability of legal aid

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The outgoing Chief Coroner of England and Wales, HHJ Peter Thornton QC, has voiced his recommendation that Legal Aid should be provided for families at inquests where the Government is paying for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees.  Inquests Solicitor Ali Cloak considers the background and implications of these recommendations.

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17 August 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Compensation achieved for parents of son killed by police Taser

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Parents who saw their son engulfed in flames after the police discharged a Taser at him, have today received compensation as part of an out-of-court settlement agreed with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

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6 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

Pressure Sores

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22 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

Inquests

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21 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Parents in claim for financial compensation relating to their daughter’s death

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Ali Cloak recently acted for the parents of a young woman, who took her own life whilst detained under a mental health section.

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Inquest into hospital failings and a claim for financial compensation

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Coroner demands changes to hospital prescription system after staff failures caused death of 18 year old.

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A claim for financial compensation relating to daughter’s death

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Ali Cloak recently acted for the parents of a young woman, who took her own life whilst detained under a mental health section.

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20 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

Fatal Accident Claims

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27 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Hillsborough inquest: Jury concludes that 96 victims were unlawfully killed

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On 26 April 2016, the jury returned their conclusion in the new Hillsborough inquest after two years of hearing evidence. Ali Cloak, specialist inquests solicitor, considers the nature of the disaster and why the conclusion has only just been delivered in respect of 96 football fans who lost their lives in 1989.

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