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29 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Are medical devices compromising patient safety?

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Medical devices have dominated the news this week, following the release of a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Ali Cloak takes a look into ‘The Implant Files’ investigation.

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1 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

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31 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Dozens of additional concerning cases identified at scandal-hit NHS maternity unit

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On 31 August 2018 the Health Service Journal revealed that many more cases of concerning care have been uncovered at the NHS maternity service, which is already under investigation for 23 other cases where families have been failed.

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14 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Recent inquest appeal lowers threshold for establishing that someone has committed suicide

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In a judgment published on 26 July 2018, the High Court has changed the legal test to be applied in inquests when determining whether or not a person committed suicide.

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7 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Is the Government finally ready to end inequality against families at inquests?

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An inquest into the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional process. Without legal representation, it is the task of the families themselves to ask the right questions during the inquest to try and get vital answers about the circumstances of their loved one’s death. However, in the past the government has made this more difficult than it needs to be. So have recent calls to change been heeded?

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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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21 June 2018 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The Gosport Hospital scandal – how did the ‘Dr Opiate’ case even happen, and what can be done about it?

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The inquiry into Gosport War Memorial Hospital has now reached its verdict. Here, Lucy Crawford from our inquest and fatal accident team asks how the scandal might have happened, and what could be done to set things right.

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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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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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