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17 July 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What you need to know about Group B Strep

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Babies feet in hands

This month we are raising awareness of this common and avoidable condition which can have devastating consequences for children at birth.

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30 January 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Group B Streptococcal infection in pregnancy: further research supports the need to change to universal screening rather than risk based management

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Babies feet in hands

The UK has no universal antenatal screening programme to check whether a pregnant woman is carrying Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection. Instead, assessment of likely GBS carriage is risk-based only. The charity Group B Strep Support campaigns for the introduction of universal screening to try to reduce the incidence of neonatal infection with GBS, which can have severe consequences for the new born. New research supports this campaign.

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24 November 2017 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Anticipated Group B Strep vaccination reported to potentially prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide

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Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacterium which around 1 in 5 women carry at any time, though usually it is entirely harmless. However, it can sometimes be transmitted to the baby around childbirth and can cause infection in the newborn baby. Sadly, this infection can cause catastrophic injuries or even death.

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20 October 2017 0 Comments Posted in Case Studies, Medical Negligence

Case update – admission of liability secured in GBS brain injury case

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Kerstin Kubiak, partner in Royds Withy King’s specialist medical negligence department, secured an admission of liability for a 19-year-old’s brain injury, suffered following a delay in diagnosis of his Group B Strep infection.

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13 September 2017 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Group B Strep: New information leaflet now to be given to all expectant mothers

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Leading charity, Group B Strep Support, has joined forces with the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) in order to produce an informative patient leaflet about group B Strep. This leaflet, the first of its kind, will be given to all pregnant women as part of routine antenatal care in England and Wales and represents a huge step forwards in giving expectant mothers the opportunity to make informed choices about GBS.

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29 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Case Studies, Medical Negligence

£8,700,000 awarded for oxygen deprivation during birth

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Kerstin Kubiak acted for J, a 20 year man who suffered oxygen deprivation during his birth as a result of the hospital medical staff failing to react to a deterioration in his heart rate during labour and failing to undertake an immediate forceps delivery.

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£9,570,000 awarded for oxygen deprivation during birth

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Kerstin Kubiak, Partner and birth injury specialist, acted for a 9 year old girl who suffered oxygen deprivation during her birth as a result of the hospital trust staff failing to react to signs of fetal distress and failing to undertake an emergency caesarean section.

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£8.6 million compensation for cerebral palsy caused by delayed delivery

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Kerstin Kubiak represented a 24 year old female client in her claim for compensation for the severe brain injuries she suffered as a result of negligence around the time of her delivery. The allegations were that the hospital was negligent in its use of Prostin during her mother’s labour which caused excessive contractions and in turn caused our client to suffer lack of oxygen. There was then a delay in identifying that our client was in distress during labour as a result of the excessive contractions and therefore a delay in delivering her by emergency caesarean section. Had she been delivered about 20 minutes earlier than she was then she would have avoided all injury.

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22 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

North London Trust learns lessons of universal GBS testing

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GBS awareness week

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of unborn children, NHS staff should be commended for their diligence and hard work. However, in the era of austerity, we are told that difficult choices must be made. It follows that the benefits of certain tests, medicines and therapies must be weighed against their cost to the tax payer.

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27 March 2017 2 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, News

Royds Withy King joins Group B Strep Support’s legal panel

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Royds Withy King has joined national charity Group B Strep Support’s legal panel.

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20 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

Acquired Brain Injury Claims

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19 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

£350,000 recovered for patient who suffered brain injury due to a hospital acquired infection

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Partner Kerstin Kubiak successfully sued a hospital trust who had failed to ensure adequate hand hygiene procedures of hospital staff and who had failed to undertake a deep clean of a room previously occupied by an infected patient.

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