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First do no harm: Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety review makes key recommendations for reducing the risk of avoidable harm

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Faye Marks looks at the recommendations from the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety review and explains why it is important that changes are made.

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Health worker safety: a priority for patient safety

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Contributing authors: Faye Marks

Lucy Crawford and Faye Marks from our Medical Negligence team explain why the theme of World Patient Safety Day 2020 is so important in the UK.

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How serious incidents in healthcare are investigated using root cause analysis. Are lessons learned?

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Ahead of World Patient Safety Day on 17 September, Sarah White reviews the root cause analysis process for patient safety learning. Is it working as it should?

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What you need to know about Rix v Paramount when calculating future losses in a fatal personal injury claim

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Rix v Paramount confirms the answer to a question that sometimes arises from fatal claims following the loss of the driving force behind family companies. The court looked at the reality behind the income from the company i.e. that it was generated by the husband despite the wife being an equal shareholder, and also reconfirmed that the dependency claim is assessed at the time of death, so the ongoing success of the company in the hands of the family’s sons did not reduce the widow’s loss of dependency.

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Could we see a rise in amputations related to sepsis because of COVID-19?

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A leading sepsis research charity has raised concerns that diagnoses of sepsis may be missed or delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ben Lees takes a look.

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World Sepsis Day – what you need to know

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Abigail Ringer explains why World Sepsis Day – held annually on 13 September – is an important date to help raise awareness of this deadly condition.

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The hidden part of the birth trauma journey – the psychological impact

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Not all birth trauma has a visible, physical impact upon new mothers. Sometimes, events and their aftermath can lead to significant psychological harm which isn’t visible but is no less damaging, and this is especially true when a birth injury occurs. Here we relate the story of one of our clients, whose daughter developed Erb’s palsy after negligent maternity care.

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One mother’s experience of the trauma of her birth injury

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During birth injury awareness week 2020 one of our clients has kindly agreed to share her personal story with others, explaining what she went through, how she coped with her injuries, and how she eventually “came out the other side”.

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Birth Trauma Awareness – making a complaint about a birth

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The Birth Trauma Association is running their annual awareness campaign from 6-12 September 2020. Many women have been urged to share their experiences with each other and their own personal stories and journey to recovery, the charity’s research suggesting that some 30,000 women annually suffer from birth trauma.

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‘Long covid’ and brain injury – the hidden consequences

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Contributing authors: Audrey Daisley

In December 2019, people started hearing stories of what would eventually be named COVID-19. As we all know, society was not prepared for the devastating effects of this virus, nor of the ensuing pandemic which took the world by surprise. The virus has completely changed the way we go about our daily lives and people are starting to have to rethink what is the ‘new normal’.

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Received significant injury compensation? Here’s one way you can protect it

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After receiving compensation for an injury, one of the biggest decisions individuals have to make is what to do with the money they have received when their claim has settled.

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Patient safety in the NHS – what we can learn from the recent IPPR report into injury prevention

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Paul Rumley reviews the recent IPPR report into injury prevention which shows that, despite the need for more learning from errors, the NHS needs significant support and accountability from the Government to avoid unnecessary harm.

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