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Why Do Victims Delay Reporting Sexual Abuse?

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Yesterday, 2nd August 2017, saw two cases of sexual abuse against children reported in the media. East London doctor, Manish Shah, a GP in Romford , has been charged with 118 sexual offences [1] . ...

Four Ex-Teachers At Christ's Hospital School Charged With Historic Sex Abuse Offences

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The community of Horsham, West Sussex is in shock after it was announced yesterday that four former teachers at Christ’s Hospital School have been charged with historic sexual abuse of pupils. The incidents took place between 1980 and 1996. Gary...

Child Abuse Compensation Claims Against GPs and Other Medical Professionals

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The BBC has recently reported on child abuse claims made against a Shropshire GP who died 17 years ago. [1] Hospitals, GP surgeries and medical centres are places upon which we all rely, often at times of weakness or vulnerability, when seeking...

Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Abraham Lincoln?

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Abraham Lincoln was the first US President to be assassinated, drawing his last breath at 7.20 am, on 15 th April 1865. He died from a traumatic brain injury caused by a bullet, shot from almost point blank range as he watched a performance of Our...

When Childbirth Goes Tragically Wrong

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There are few women who do not fear childbirth, after all, less than 200 years ago giving birth constituted a major threat to a woman’s life. Childbirth, however, remains highly dangerous for women in developing countries [1] . ...

Time to stop burying head in the sand over chronic traumatic encephalopathy

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, found in athletes, military veterans and others exposed to repetitive brain trauma. Previously known as “punch drunk syndrome” and linked only to...

Will a Cycle Helmet Protect Your Head In an Accident?

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“Cool kids wear lids.” “Protect your head or end up dead.” “Keep calm and helmet on.” These are just some of the catchy slogans associated with promoting cycle helmets. Those in favour of making...

New Research Changes The Way We Understand Memory

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Extraordinary new research has been conducted into how memories are made and stored. The findings, which contradict what scientists have believed for decades about how memories are made, could help doctors treat those suffering from severe brain...

What Support Is Available For Children Who Suffer Abuse?

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Nine in ten children who are abused will develop a mental illness by the time they are 18[1]. And a staggering 70-80% of female victims report that as a result of their experiences, they have engaged in (or are still engaged in) substance...

Overburdened NHS Sometimes Fails To Diagnose Minor Head Injuries

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This week is Road Safety Week and IBB Claims is proud to be a supporter of this event, which aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages throughout the country. Road traffic accidents account for 50% of all ...

Keeping Our Children Safe On The Road

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Road Safety Week commences this week. Organised every year by Brake (the leading UK road safety charity), this is the UK’s biggest road safety event, supported by thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year. IBB...

Industrial Disease Compensation and the Steel Industry

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In 1875, Britain produced almost 40 per cent of the world’s steel. Today it extracts 12 million tonnes a year which account for just 0.7 per cent. The decline of the UK steel industry has hit many communities, especially in the industrial...

Government Announces New Birth Injuries Compensation Scheme

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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...

The Terrifying Trend of Online Child Grooming

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children (NSPCC) has warned parents that the internet can be a playground for paedophiles. The warning comes after it was revealed that counselling sessions for young people worried...

Could Your Doctor Have Missed Your Bowel Cancer Symptoms?

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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...

Child birth and injury to mother and baby: Is compensation available?

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Most expectant mothers fear labour to some degree. Thanks to advances in maternity healthcare over the last 100 or so years, in most cases, both mother and child emerge from childbirth relatively unscathed. Some women require a little more...

Black Gold And Deadly Disease

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British Miners and the Right to Compensation At its peak, the British coal industry employed over one million men. As one of the most important industries in the UK, coal was the lifeblood of Britain and miners’...

The Ultimate Betrayal

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There is no greater betrayal to a child than an abusive parent. The one person who is supposed to love and protect you, not only fails to perform this fundamental parental task, but is the deliberate cause of harm. According to the National...

Traumatic Brain Injury In Childhood Can Lead To Early Death

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(Source: https://blog.soton.ac.uk/comp6044/2010/11/28/psychology-biology-of-behaviour/) Children who receive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 72% more likely to die before the age of 41, a new study has shown[1]. Research published in the Public...

Child Abuse Inquiry Loses Another Head

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On 4 th August 2016, the Independent Inquiry Into Child Abuse ( IIICA ) , set up by then Home Secretary, Theresa May has lost its third head in two years. Former New Zealand High Court Judge, Dame Lowell Goddard QC resigned curtly and abruptly,...

Shoddy Dentists, Ruined Teeth

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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...

The Relationship Between Exposure to Chemicals and the Development of Industrial Diseases

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Chemicals and other hazardous substances such as asbestos and lead have been responsible for human disease for thousands of years. However, since the Industrial Revolution, cases have become prolific, with hundreds of people suffering every year...

Anti-ageing Procedures and Medical Negligence

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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...

Five Fast Facts About Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), otherwise known as Vibration White Finger (VWF) affects hundreds of workers every year. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the symptoms until it is too late. Caused by over-exposure to vibrating tools,...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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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...

Stolen Childhoods: Surviving Following a Childhood in a Cult

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If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. Child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise in Britain. According to figures obtained by the BBC, The Metropolitan Police said there were 60 crimes linked to faith in London...

Exposure to Chemicals and Industrial Disease

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Chemicals and other hazardous substances such as asbestos and lead have been responsible for human disease for thousands of years. However, since the Industrial Revolution, cases have become prolific, with hundreds of people suffering every year from...

The BBC and Hollywood Paedophilia Controversy: How did the abusers get away with it?

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Put yourself in the mind of a paedophile. To commit acts that provide your main source of sexual gratification, your need two things; access to a lot of children and an environment which provides you with the time and opportunity to select the weakest...

The UN Peacekeepers Child Abuse Scandal

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“Sometimes when I’m alone with my baby, I think about killing him. He reminds me of the man who raped me.” [1] It is one of the biggest scandals the United Nations (UN) has faced in decades. Women and children from conflict zones...

Louis Theroux Documentary 'A Different Brain' Touches Hearts

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Throngs of people took to Twitter on Sunday, 15 th May to express their appreciation for Louis Theroux’s latest documentary on people living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. Fans were not the only ones impressed. A review...

Throwing the Book at the Printing Industry

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Printing industry workers reside in illustrious company. Benjamin Franklin, Orville Wright, Johannes Gutenberg – these great men all had their hand in the printing business. Who would have thought a profession, that continues to produce some of...

Should We Take The Tackle Out Of School Rugby?

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On 1 st March 2016, 70 health professionals, academics and doctors wrote an open letter to ministers of health, education, and sport, and the chief medical officers and children's commissioners in the four nations of the UK, as well as the Republic of...

The Tragedy of Cancer Misdiagnosis

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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;...

Don't ignore minor brain injuries

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Much has been written about the consequences of high-speed-impact injuries on the brain . They are more dramatic and, sad to say, can often make for a better media story. An example that comes immediately to mind is the tragedy of...

Five Celebrities Who Have Suffered From Medical Negligence

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Medical negligence can cause pain, suffering, loss of income, embarrassment and in worse case scenarios, even death. No one, including some of the world’s most famous celebrities is immune from the consequences of a doctor or a surgeon making...

A Life Damaged Before It Begins

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The Long Lasting Effects Of Birth Injuries Childbirth has always been a risky business for both mother and baby. In 15 th century Florence, upper-class woman would make their Will as soon as they found out they were pregnant because...

Compensation Helps Victims Recover From Stolen Childhoods

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Jimmy Saville, Rochdale, Operation Pallial. These names and many more have become familiar to all of us who read the papers, but for the survivors of abuse which took place in children’s care homes, hearing these names can bring back horrific,...

The Danger of Pesticides in the Farming Industry

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Exploitation of agricultural workers has been an issue since humans began farming between 12,000 and 10,000 years ago. In the UK today, health and safety laws have come a long way to protect agricultural workers from the dangers of farm machinery and...

Protecting Our Relatives From Neglect in Care Homes

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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

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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...

Cycling and Brain Injury

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The growth in the popularity of cycling continues, not just as a form of exercise and leisure activity, but also as a form of daily transport. Latest figures show that 8% of the population of Great Britain now cycle three or more times a week, equivalent to...

Henry VIII - Tyrant, or Victim of Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Henry VIII had two of his wives executed, and his sixth and final wife Katherine Parr came within a whisper of suffering the same fate, thanks to a plot by vindictive Tudor courtiers. It is well known that Henry’s personality changed...

Has Your Bladder Cancer Been Caused By Workplace Chemicals?

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Research into bladder cancer has shown conclusively that exposure to a group of chemicals called arylamines can be linked directly to the development of the disease. Some of these chemicals have been banned from workplaces for over 50 years; however,...

British Boarding Schools: Sexual Abuse Claims Still Emerging

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The aftermath of sexual abuse occurring at some of Britain’s leading boarding schools has drastically affected the lives of some former students. In 2014, award-winning journalist, Alex Renton, wrote an explosive article in the...

Can you claim compensation from an injury at a friends home?

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Can you claim compensation from the occupier of a house if you suffer a personal injury while on their premises? Yes you can, if you can prove negligence. In 2015, sight-impaired athlete and adventurer Mark Pollock, who was the first blind...

Man died following chemotherapy overdose

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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

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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

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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...

Botched dental treatment leads to loss of front teeth

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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...

Payout for widow whose husband died after botched spinal operation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...