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Unsafe Medical Implants Given to UK Patients

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Unsafe medical devices that have not been adequately tested have been routinely used in patients in the UK, throughout the EU and around the world, a new investigation has uncovered. Devices including pacemakers, hip and knee replacements, and spinal...

Brain Injury Victims and the Criminal Justice System

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Suffering a traumatic brain injury can have a serious impact on a person’s physical and mental abilities, as well as potentially causing profound changes to their personality. While in most cases these issues are relatively minor and manageable,...

Why the Late or Misdiagnosis of Bowel Cancer May be More Common Than You Think

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Transcript of video My name is Aiden McGarry and I'm one of the solicitors in the clinical negligence team here at IBB Claims . Bowel cancer is unfortunately the UK's second biggest cancer killer; bowel cancer is more likely to occur...

Unsafe Syringes Used in NHS for Many Years

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Only four days after the Gosport Hospital independent inquiry report [1] was released on the inappropriate administration of opioid drugs which reduced the lifespan of patients, a whistleblower close to the inquiry raised a new alert.  Speaking...

Gosport Hospital Inquiry Report Highlights Major Medical Prescribing Failures

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The Gosport War Memorial Hospital is at the centre of a major healthcare scandal concerning the inappropriate administration of opioid medication.  The Report of the Gosport Independent Panel   was released on 20 th June 2018, following an...

The Symptoms of a Brain Tumour: Why Your GP May Miss the Signs

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Transcript of the video: Malcolm : I am Malcolm Underhill a solicitor IBB Solicitors. I specialise in acting for those who sustained a brain injury or have been diagnosed with a brain tumour. However I'm particularly concerned about those with a...

Cancer delays 'leave patients at risk'

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The NHS is struggling to keep apace with demands for its services, and it is now estimated that every household will need to contribute £2,000 each year in taxes just to keep the system afloat [1] .  And that will only bring about modest...

The Growing Mental Health Crisis For Our Younger Generation

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This May, the Commons health and social care and education select committees made their thoughts known on the Government's proposals to make in-roads into the growing mental health crisis affected young people.  The plans, in the form of a green...

Support For Brain Tumour Patients: An Interview With Becky Haggar

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Malcolm: I'm with Becky Haggar from the Hillingdon Brain Tumor and Injury Group . And I'm interested in learning, Becky, all about the group which I understand you set up some years ago. So how was it formed? Becky:  It was formed...

Computer Glitch Causes 450,000 Women To Miss Final Routine Breast Cancer Screening

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Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, has launched an urgent independent inquiry after revelations that up to 270 women may have died after being affected by a 2009 computer error that caused 450,000 women to miss crucial breast cancer screenings [1] . The...

Update: Epilepsy Drug now banned during pregnancy

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In January 2018, we wrote about the epilepsy drug, sodium valproate , which had been linked to 20,000 cases of catastrophic disabilities in children in the UK.  At the time, MP Norman Lamb referred to the situation as an “extraordinary...

Epilepsy Drug Sodium Valproate And Birth Defects - A Devastating Scandal

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Sodium Valproate, also known as Epilim, Episenta, Epival, and Convulex (as valproic acid), has been linked to catastrophic disabilities in around 20,000 children in the UK. MP Norman Lamb has called the situation an “extraordinary scandal”[1]. ...

Why NHS delays could lead to a rise in clinical negligence claims

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This winter has seen the National Health Service under perhaps the heaviest pressure ever, with NHS bosses ordering hospitals to cancel tens of thousands of operations and outpatient appointments in an effort to free up capacity to cope with demand on...

Vaginal Mesh Implants: Women Worldwide Claim Compensation For Pain and Complications

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Professor Carl Heneghan, who specialises in evidence-based medicine, stated that some of the devices used in vaginal-based procedures had not been clinically tested.  Furthermore, he was shocked by the number of women affected. The transvaginal...

Contaminated Blood Scandal Victims Will Now Sue Government

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Over 500 victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have been given leave to seek compensation from the government [1] . The claimants are a mix of survivors and relatives of those who died after being given infected blood products.  More than...

Risk of Need for Hysterectomy After Insertion of Sterilisation Device Essure

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An investigation by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show has found a number of women underwent hysterectomies to remove a sterilisation device, Essure , used on the NHS. Laura Linkson, who was fitted with the Essure device in 2013, told the BBC...

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] .  Thanks to...

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...

We Need To Talk About Mental Health And Suicide

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If you are worried about someone’s mental health or are having suicidal thoughts, you can contact the Samaritans  on freephone 116 123 or your GP.  If you or someone you know is in an emergency situation, please call 999 [CM1]  ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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?

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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

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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

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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

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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;...

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...

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

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...

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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...

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

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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

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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...