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Why Are Woman Still Dying In Childbirth?

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A devastated husband whose wife died in childbirth told an inquest last week that, “smirking midwives” ignored her pleas for a caesarean section [1] . Given the advances in medicine in the 20 th and 21 st century, no one would ever...

Government Announces New Birth Injuries Compensation Scheme

Malcolm Underhill
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Families of children who have suffered birth injuries may find claiming compensation easier under a new scheme announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The new Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme, which is out for consultation, would investigate...

Could Your Doctor Have Missed Your Bowel Cancer Symptoms?

Malcolm Underhill
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A new study by the British Journal of cancer released last week reported that one in five ‘red flag’ symptoms that indicate the presence of bowel cancer have been missed by GPs [1] .  The study also found that 16% of patients presenting...

Shoddy Dentists, Ruined Teeth

Malcolm Underhill
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A recent report in The Times has thrown light onto a number of dental practitioners who are setting up as ‘cosmetic’ dentists, despite having no formal training 1 . They are ruining lives and appearance and coining in the cash. Jonathan...

Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery: Is Compensation Possible For Negligent Surgery?

Malcolm Underhill
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A surgery once confined to professionals in the adult entertainment industry, cosmetic vaginal surgery, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, has hit the mainstream.  And it has doctors and medical bodies that monitor the ethics of the profession...

Anti-ageing Procedures and Medical Negligence

Malcolm Underhill
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There are not many of us who have the confidence and aplomb of Mary Beard or Mary Berry; women who happily show of their grey hair and wrinkles.  Most of us would like to wind the clock back a bit; be it through cosmetic surgery or non-surgical...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Malcolm Underhill
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Dealing with a Botched Hair Transplant What do Gordon Ramsey and James Nesbit have in common, apart from being rich, famous and regulars on the television?  Both men have had hair transplants .  At around £30,000, this is a treatment...

The Tragedy of Cancer Misdiagnosis

Malcolm Underhill
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When someone receives a  diagnosis of cancer it can feel like their heart drops to the pit of their stomach.  Unless someone has been through it themselves, it is difficult to comprehend the swell of emotions a person feels in the first few days;...

Protecting Our Relatives From Neglect in Care Homes

Malcolm Underhill
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Last year Edna Slann died a miserable, painful death shortly after entering Grantley Court nursing home in Cheam, south-west London, which has now been closed by orders of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) health watchdog. Mrs Slann had led a full and...

'Never Events' Cause Never Ending Distress

Malcolm Underhill
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A patient’s entire testicle removed instead of the cyst on it.  The removal of a woman’s fallopian tube instead of an appendix.  A scalpel blade being left inside a patient following an operation. The above is not a synopsis of the...

Man died following chemotherapy overdose

Malcolm Underhill
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A man wrongly diagnosed with back pain only to be told he actually had cancer then died after he was given an accidental overdose of chemotherapy. Robert Trivett, 49, went to his GP suffering chronic back pain but was told he had sciatica.  But as...

£6m payout to brain damaged 10-year-old

Malcolm Underhill
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A 10-year-old boy has been awarded £6 million in compensation after NHS staff failed to spot that he was suffering from dangerously low blood sugar levels. His mother said the brain damage that her son suffered was the result of “poor...

Hip replacement sufferers present claim at Londons High Court

Malcolm Underhill
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Over 1,000 personal injury claimants have presented a compensation claim to London’s High Court after suffering failed metal-on-metal hip replacements. Some of those claiming a right to damages have allegedly suffered muscle necrosis and tissue...

Woman brain damaged at birth awarded £1.75m

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A young woman from Cumbria is set to receive a £1.75m lump sum in damages, after suing the North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for medical negligence .  Medics failed to spot that the baby was being starved of oxygen In 2000, a young...

Botched dental treatment leads to loss of front teeth

Malcolm Underhill
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A mother has lost her front teeth after botched cosmetic dental treatment by an unlicensed beautician. Kellie Taylor, 43, admitted she “didn't even think about what could go wrong” after spotting an offer for a £65 course of tooth...

The Risks of Asbestos Exposue: How Safe Are We in Our Own Homes?

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Asbestos is normally considered to be an industrial problem but is that really the case? The dangers associated with asbestos are all around us – even in our own homes, as this extract from an HSE bulletin discusses: “Tenants of a house in...

Payout for widow whose husband died after botched spinal operation

Malcolm Underhill
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A mother-of-five has been awarded compensation after her husband died following a spinal operation where a crucial vein was damaged. Julie Bircham, from Roydon in Essex, said she hopes the payout will ensure that lessons are learned and procedures are...

£725,000 compensation to mother whose son was injured in tug of war with midwife

Malcolm Underhill
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A woman has been awarded a three-figure sum in compensation after negligent medical care during the birth of her son left him with a permanent disability. The mother – who hasn’t been named – described how one of the midwives looked as...

£925,000 for mother of two left with lifelong condition following NHS delays

Malcolm Underhill
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A mother-of-two from Billington, Lancashire has been awarded nearly £1 million in compensation after delays in treatment by the NHS left her with a life-changing condition.  Claire Thornber will forever suffer a debilitating pain in her legs...

Brain damaged man awarded £4m

Malcolm Underhill
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Jack Mitchell, 23-years-old, has been awarded a £4.3m care and support package following a car crash in 2009 that left him with severe brain damage. At the time of the accident Mr Mitchell was studying to become an electrician and was working part-time...

Ambulance trust "closed ranks" over death of 10-year-old boy

Malcolm Underhill
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The relatives of a 10-year-old boy who died after being misdiagnosed by ambulance staff have said that the ambulance trust “closed ranks” when questioned about the child’s death, and have alleged a “massive cover-up” about the...

Compensation for grandfather who lost a leg after hospital failures

Malcolm Underhill
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A grandfather from Bristol has received a compensation payment for an undisclosed amount after hospital failures led to him having his leg amputated. The 53-year-old has told of the agonizing pain he was left in after undergoing a hip resurfacing...

Five-figure compensation for family of woman who died after fall in A&E

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The family of a woman who died in hospital after a series of failings by NHS medics has been awarded a five-figure sum in compensation. The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has offered an unreserved apology, but Christine Carpenter’s...