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31 July 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Shocking statistics show how the state continues to fail to protect lives

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Official figures released on 25 July have shown that deaths in police custody have risen by nearly 65% to their highest figure in 10 years, with 23 people dying in the last year alone. These deaths occurred either in police cells or whilst being taken to hospital following detention in a police cell or arrest.

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Tips for seeking legal advice – #SolicitorChat

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Our team got involved with the Law Society’s #SolicitorChat initiative, to help people on social media understand key topics around the legal profession. This time, Ali Cloak and Mark Hambleton offered their perspectives on instructing a solicitor.

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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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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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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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20 November 2015 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The importance of prompt diagnosis of broken bones

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It is no secret that our Accident and Emergency Departments are being put under ever increasing pressure. This is set to escalate if the recent weather reports predicting four months of snow fall are to be believed. It is at this time that the NHS needs to ensure patients are cared for and treated correctly, no more so than in respect of treating broken bones. So what are the issues and what can be done to ensure an appropriate standard of care for all patients at this busy time?

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