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12 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

The duty of candour five years on – has it had much of an impact?

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What has been the effect of the duty of candour, and guidelines issued under it, nearly five years on from the introduction of the duty? Simon Elliman, head of our Medical Negligence team, takes a look.

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12 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

How is cauda equina syndrome caused by negligence?

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Simon Elliman, partner and head of our Medical Negligence team, helps explain when cauda equina syndrome can be caused by negligent medical treatment.

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7 February 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, PI Tech

Arise, take up thy bed and walk – EES, a miracle cure for the spinally injured? Not quite, yet

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Simon Elliman, spinal injury specialist at Royds Withy King, explores the story of a new technology which has enabled patients with severe spinal injuries to walk again.

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9 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

The NHS testing “bottleneck” – how has it come to this, and where do they go from here?

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Simon Elliman reviews a recent BBC investigation which has revealed that an increasing number of patients are faced with long waits for vital tests on the NHS, and considers the potential causes and implications.

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1 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

Negligent Hospital Treatment – How a claim is investigated

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22 October 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

The Darnley vs Croydon Health Services NHS Trust case: too onerous a duty?

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The Supreme Court has recently handed down its judgment in the case of Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. The case had raised the question of whether reception staff owed a duty of care to patients; the Supreme Court has now confirmed that non-medically trained staff do owe such a duty of care. But where does this leave A&E departments, and what does it tell us about the state of our NHS?

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13 February 2018 4 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Lawyers aren’t bankrupting the NHS – here’s what is…

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Simon Elliman explores whether greedy claimants or their greedier lawyers are causing the NHS to “go broke” (as Donald Trump might put it). Here’s a hint: it’s neither of them.

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24 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Katrina Hart – Paralympian & Royds Withy King sponsored athlete

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As specialists in the causes of brain injury, we understand how conditions like Cerebral Palsy can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life. But we also know that despite this, when given the correct support, people with a whole range of brain injuries can go on to do amazing things and live successful and independent lives.

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1 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

£96,950 awarded to a claimant for substandard care resulting in a sacral pressure sore

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The Claimant suffered with multiple sclerosis so had a pre-existing vulnerability to pressure sores. He was admitted to hospital with pneumonia and was treated on an acute assessment ward.

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£10,000 award for delay in diagnosing and treating a heel pressure sore

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Simon Elliman secured £10,000 for a claimant who had developed a pressure ulcer on his heel whilst recuperating in hospital following hip replacement surgery. He had tried to alert staff to the pain he was feeling in his heel whilst recuperating on the ward but the staff failed to investigate the area. By the time staff removed the bandages to investigate the site the pressure sore was over 7 inches long.

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4 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Operating by torchlight: The modern NHS

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Simon Elliman considers a recent episode where a 14-year-old girl died after an emergency procedure had to be carried out by torchlight on a ward, due to insufficient anaesthetists or emergency staff being available to open another theatre, and asks what the implications are for NHS resourcing.

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18 July 2015 0 Comments Posted in Case Studies, Medical Negligence

Compensation for kidney stone left untreated for too long

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Our client, Mr H, first reported painless blood in his urine to his GP in 1990. He then came back to the same GP in 1991 and was appropriately referred to a hospital. Mr H was diagnosed with a kidney stone in his left kidney.

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