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Ground-breaking Gentamicin Case Questions Consent

John Pollitt
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Asking a patient for consent when treating them was at the heart of a recent case for medical negligence solicitors - a client who reacted badly to his antibiotics and was left with life changing disabilities has received a settlement when Pearson Solicitors...

Upcoming free medical negligence clinics

John Pollitt
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You may have heard about the recent case involving the Penning Acute Trust, where a number of inquests have been delayed after the Senior Coroner for the Manchester North Jurisdiction, Joanne Kearsley, arranged for a review of the reports of Pathologist Dr...

Review of Pathologists Work Raises Concern over Diagnoses Given to Patients

Jacqueline White
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A number of inquests have been delayed after the Senior Coroner for the Manchester North Jurisdiction, Joanne Kearsley, arranged for a review of the reports of Pathologist Dr Khalid Ahmed following post-mortem examinations.  Concerns were raised about...

Corrie serves a reminder of early Sepsis diagnosis importance

Kenneth Lees
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A recent Coronation Street storyline serves as a reminder of how important the early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis is. In the soap Jack Webster, a promising young footballer, developed sepsis and had to undergo a foot amputation following hospital...

Happy Birthday NHS

Jacqueline White
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On the day of the NHS’ 70th Birthday we must look back and take inspiration from the compassion and determination of Aneurin Bevan, the man considered to be its creator.  A healthcare system free at the point of delivery, accessible by all was...

Be Stroke Aware

Kenneth Lees
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Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke and the effects can be cruel, devastating and life-changing.  Stroke is a brain attack.  It is a medical emergency which affects millions around the country. We are often approached by patients and...

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) - What Are the Symptoms?

Jacqueline White
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a rare condition which is caused by extreme pressure and swelling of the nerves at the base of the spine. The nerves become compressed and the condition can have a devastating effect on sufferers and their families. Someone...

Drug Errors in UK Cause Shocking Levels of Harm and Deaths

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The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has today acknowledged that drug errors in England cause appalling levels of harm and deaths ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43161929 ). His comments come as new data suggests 237 million errors are made each year...

NHS Flu Crisis and Antibiotic Toxicity

John Pollitt
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Every day we are hearing of the crisis in NHS hospitals and unfortunately there appears to be little or no improvement.   Dubbed as the “Winter Crisis” the NHS is under even more pressure as thousands of patients are admitted to hospital...

Patient Safety in Crisis at NHS Hospitals

Jacqueline White
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With NHS hospitals strapped for cash, dangerously short staffed and lack of available beds, patients are dying in hospital corridors this winter.   Doctors have told the Prime Minister, Teresa May, that more than 120 patients per day were being...

Mental Illness and Cancer Patients Forced to Wait for Drugs

Kenneth Lees
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There are worrying concerns across the UK that at least 100 drugs have been affected by supply problems which has forced health officials to agree to a temporary price rise of up to 4,000 per cent to increase stocks.  Even though the NHS are paying...

Coroners to Examine Suspect Stillbirths

Jacqueline White
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Jeremy Hunt has announced plans for a change in the law so that coroners can look into stillbirths. The Health Secretary said "all unexplained cases of serious harm or death would now be independently investigated".  Currently, Coroners can...

Missed Cancer Diagnosis - Have You Been Affected?

Kenneth Lees
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Nearly 700 patients were awarded compensation after NHS hospitals missed their cancer diagnosis. The NHS has paid damages to almost 700 patients in the last eight years who brought successful compensation claims after hospitals missed giving them a vital...

Panorama Shines the Spotlight on the UK's Sepsis Crisis

Jacqueline White
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Investigative Reporter Alistair Jackson’s investigation into the death of his mother on Monday night’s Panorama provided a disturbing insight into the epidemic of sepsis in the UK and, even more disturbingly, the NHS’ reaction to it. ...

Fatal failure to Manage Small Bowel Obstruction

Kenneth Lees
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Pearson Solicitors’ Clinical Negligence Team has recently secured a settlement of £7,500 in a case where the failure to adequately manage an evolving small bowel obstruction led to a patient’s deterioration and eventual death. Pearson...

Cauda Equina Syndrome Missed by Tameside Hospital

Jacqueline White
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When a client turned to us following delays and misdiagnosis at we secured a £150,000 settlement after her symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome were missed. Our client was an active and independent lady in her mid 50s and had previously been diagnosed...

Recovery of £56,000 Compensation for Mismanaged Epilepsy

Kenneth Lees
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Pearson Solicitors’ Clinical Negligence Team has recently secured a settlement of £56,000 in a case where Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s negligent management of an 87 year old patient’s epilepsy resulted in death. Mr B had...

Settlement of £1.5m in Wrongful Birth Case

Kenneth Lees
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A woman whose baby has been born with severe abnormalities after being told all her scans were normal has secured a large compensation award to help care for her child. Pearson Solicitors’ Clinical Negligence Team recently secured a gross settlement...

Compensation Changes and Awards to Increase

Kenneth Lees
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Compensation awards for claimants of life-changing personal injury and medical negligence awards are to be drastically changed from later this month. Currently the actual amount received is adjusted according to interest expected from...

Unexpected deaths double and suicide risks increase

Kenneth Lees
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The BBC recently led with a news story that the number of unexpected patient deaths (including deaths by suicide, neglect and misadventure) reported by England’s mental health trusts has risen by almost 50% in three years. Mental health care...

Prescription Errors can have serious side effects

Jacqueline White
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Do you check your medication when you collect it from the chemist, or simply rely on the Pharmacist? Prescription mistakes are just one type of work our solicitors undertake and have led to serious side effects for some of our clients when they’ve been...

Avoidable Stroke and Death Leads to Recovery of £105,000

Kenneth Lees
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An independent elderly lady suffered a debilitating stroke after a failure in communication led to her missing vital anticoagulant medication for a heart condition. Our Clinical Negligence Team recently secured a settlement of £105,000 in a case where...

BBC Hospital Drama Highlights Danger of Gentamicin

Jacqueline White
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A recent episode of Holby City featured a grave digger who was the victim of Gentamicin, which can be a common source of toxicity and cause life changing problems for some clients coming to see us. In this episode a grave digger actually fell into the grave...

Failure to Diagnose Deep Vein Thrombosis leads compensation

Kenneth Lees
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A patient who paid for private medical care pursued a case recently when doctors failed to diagnose post-operative DVT. The failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis resulted in a settlement of £25,705 when the lady developed a pulmonary embolus which...

A Reminder of the Time Period for Clinical Negligence Claims

Kenneth Lees
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Our Clinical Negligence Team has recently secured a settlement after a baby was bruised in the face after a mismanaged forceps delivery, however the mother was out of time to make a claim for her suffering and this case acts as timely reminder that...

Tameside Hospital Fatal Failure Leads to Compensation Claim

Kenneth Lees
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Pearson Solicitors’ Clinical Negligence Team has recently secured a settlement of £7,500 in a case where the failure to adequately manage an evolving small bowel obstruction led to a patient’s deterioration and eventual death. Pearson...

Compensation for Botched Bowel Operation in Oldham Hospital

John Pollitt
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A straightforward gynaecological procedure involving the removal of an endometrial polyp was botched by surgeons and instead the patient’s uterus was perforated and her small bowel lacerated resulting in faecal contamination of her abdominal cavity,...

Compensation Award Helps with Care in Cerebral Palsy Case

John Pollitt
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A teenager has received a large settlement award after a birth trauma left her suffering from severe cerebral palsy. Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have admitted a breach of duty of care and made an undisclosed settlement to the 19 year old. The...

Prescription Mix Up and £20,000 Compensation Award

John Pollitt
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A prescription mix up led to a pacemaker being fitted into a patient unnecessarily for which he received £20,000 in compensation. The side effects from the wrong medication being prescribed were shortness of breath on exertion, a lowering of the pulse...

MRI Scan Leads to Scarring

Jacqueline White
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A patient who complained that her MRI scan was uncomfortable and burning her arm was ignored and subsequently left with a permanent scar, has recently received £3,500 in compensation when Pearson Solicitors acted on her behalf. On 10th March 2013 Mrs...

Client Recovers Compensation After Unnecessary Knee Operation

Kenneth Lees
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A client who had knee pain and went into the operating theatre for what she thought was knee replacement surgery was left with life changing problems after medics failed to adequately diagnose her problems before the operation. The client came to Pearson...

Loss of Independence Leads To Recovery of £95,000 in Compensation

Kenneth Lees
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A client whose independence and life with her grandchildren has been affected by medical negligence has won a £95,000 claim against Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Mrs A of Dukinfield consulted her GP complaining of discomfort and muscle...

Compensation For Post Birth Negligence

Jacqueline White
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Six years of discomfort and upset following a difficult labour and resulting mismanaged care prompted a patient to pursue a claim in the hope that the hospital would learn from their mistakes. An administrative error was blamed for the mix up and years of...

One Never Event is One Too Many

Jacqueline White
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SURGERY on the wrong part of the body, swabs left inside a patient, fallopian tubes removed instead of an appendix, are just some of the horror stories termed ‘never events’ that can occur in hospitals. ‘Never events’ are medical...

Medical staff urged to suspect sepsis in patients sooner

John Pollitt
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Suspected sepsis patients should be treated as an emergency and in the same way as a heart attack the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have recommended. NICE is this week urging doctors to question whether a patient could potentially...

Symptoms Not Picked Up In £1 Million Medical Negligence Case

John Pollitt
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We have recently made a successful medical negligence claim against the Pennine Acute and Central Manchester Trusts and secured a £1million settlement for a client. When our 58 year old client went to his GP with weight loss and a cough the GP treated...

£2 Million Medical Negligence Claim As GP Misses Suicidal Patient

John Pollitt
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A 53 year old man whose suicidal tendencies were not picked up by his GP has received a £2million settlement after a failed suicide attempt has left him severely disabled. Mr S contacted his GP in December with recurrent psychiatric symptoms but no...

Coroner Warning over Baby Deaths In Caesarean Cost Debate

Kenneth Lees
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The BBC is reporting the outcome of an inquest into the death of Kristian Jaworski. Kristian died just five days after his birth in June 2015 at North Middlesex University Hospital. Kristian died as a result of brain damage caused by a prolonged and extended...

Kidney donation leads to complications and £42,000 compensation

Kenneth Lees
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A women who donated a kidney to her husband and went on to have severe post-operative complications received a major compensation award of £42,000 when Pearson Solicitors took up her case. Mrs A, 68, from Droylsden, Tameside pursued a clinical...

Patients face Wall of Silence when complaining to NHS

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It’s never easy considering taking action after failed medical treatment, but a recent report says patients are often met with ‘a wall of silence’ when they complain. Medical Negligence expert, Janet Dunkerley is the first point of...

Weekend Is Risky Time to Give Birth, Study Shows

John Pollitt
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Weekend births are more dangerous for both mother and baby, a recent study has shown and the safest day to be born is a Tuesday. The study by Imperial College found that 770 deaths a year could be avoided and said the results were 'consistent' with...

Compensation Culture Tackled in Budget

Michael Talbot
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Commenting on Government claims to crack down on fraudulent whip lash claims and remove the right to general damages, Pearson Solicitors Personal Injury team said the move could affect access to justice. “Victims of injury will not be able to afford...

Concern over Hospital Statistics

Jacqueline White
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Worrying statistics emerged yesterday following an urgent review by the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (responsible for the Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield General and North Manchester General).  Upon review 400 instances of...

Sometimes An Apology Is All It Takes

John Pollitt
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Mistakes made by medical professionals are thankfully rare, but when they do occur sometimes a simple apology and acknowledgement can set patients minds at ease, said Medical Negligence Partner John Pollitt. Not getting an apology when things go wrong was...

Troubled Times Ahead For Clinical Negligence Claimants

Kenneth Lees
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Nobody goes into hospital with the intention of pursuing a clinical negligence claim. It is a sad reality that issues arise in the provision of medical treatment on a regular basis; sometimes due to an unavoidable sequence of events and sometimes due to the...

Negligence Admitted by NHS in Brain Injury Case after 13 Years

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Clinical Negligence lawyers have this week welcomed one of the biggest payouts in history for a brain damage case. The case was highlighted by The Mirror newspaper after the family sued the Trust in the High Court and a settlement in the region of...

Cosmetic Surgery and Informed Consent

Jacqueline White
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The cosmetic industry is almost totally unregulated but what can you do when your treatment goes wrong?   Confronted by the perfect images that adorn the front pages of numerous glossy magazines it is perhaps not surprising that more and more women...