Switalskis Solicitors

Patients Facing Delays in Sepsis Treatment



By Lauren Unsworth, Paralegal, Clinical Negligence In a recent statement Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, expressed concern that hospital patients were being put at risk in regard to the severity and development of sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and therefore has to be treated immediately. Sepsis occurs when the immune system tries to fight ...
 

Court of Appeal refuses Defendant’s Application for permission for second appeal



The Court of Appeal has refused a defendant’s application for permission for a second appeal, and to stay execution of interim quantum costs payment. The Court recognises the cashflow pressures of funding complex litigation. Without this decision, it’s very likely that specialist law firms could have been deterred from taking on such cases in the first place. The Court of ...
 

Changes Made to CAMHS Referrals Following Suicide of Teenager



By Sadie Simpson, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence  On 16 May the Sheffield Coroners Court held the inquest into the death of 15 year Noah from Sheffield, who was found to have died from a fall from height. The Coroner concluded that Noah died as a result of Suicide. Noah’s family describe Noah as, ‘a wonderful funny, caring and empathetic young man. ...
 
Kate Gelder

Pre-Eclampsia Day



By Kate Gelder, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Today (22 May) marks World Pre-eclampsia day.  Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition that can strike out of the blue, usually during the second half of pregnancy or shortly after birth, and can have devastating consequences for mum and/or baby.  The word “Eclampsia” is Greek for lightning.  Pre-eclampsia affects up to 10% of first time ...
 
Ruth Tucker

Mums Matter – Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week



By Ruth Tucker, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence  #pmhpsupport This week (29 April to 5 May 2019) is the UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week. Mental health problems during or shortly after pregnancy are more common than you think; more than one in ten women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year of their baby’s life. Although ...
 
Lucy Wells

Gestational Diabetes



By Lucy Wells, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence  Gestational diabetes can have serious consequences for both mother and baby.  It is a condition which develops in pregnancy where the mother develops high blood sugar levels.  Poorly treated gestational diabetes can lead to complications such as pre eclampsia, depression, premature labour and the increased risk of caesarean section, perineal tears and injuries to ...
 
Ruth Tucker

Ectopic Pregnancies: Missed Opportunities



By Ruth Tucker, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg develops outside of the womb – usually in one of the fallopian tubes (the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb).  In the UK, around one in every 90 pregnancies is ectopic (around 11,000 pregnancies a year). When an egg gets stuck in one of the ...
 

Coroners could investigate stillbirths say Ministers



By Charlotte Reeves, Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Coroners could be given new powers to investigate late-term stillbirths to help bereaved families.    A government consultation has begun on the new proposals to give coroners powers to hold an inquest into a stillbirth that takes place after 37 weeks of pregnancy, when the baby is effectively full- term. Nine babies are ...
 
Director & Solicitor Janet Baker

Stillbirth inquests another step closer to becoming law



By Janet Baker, Director & Solicitor, Clinical Negligence department If you ask any parent, they will tell you how many children they have. If you ask a parent of a child who has died, that number doesn’t change. As a society we all accept that you are a parent, however you define yourself. Jack and Sarah Hawkins are parents to ...
 
Accident & Emergency Department

Ambulance delay leaves 6-year-old boy without his mum



An inquest into the death of Gail Bailey has concluded that her death was “wholly preventable”. Gail died when she was 9 weeks pregnant, leaving behind a son and husband. The tragic event occurred while she was on holiday in Ingoldmells with her family. Gail was suffering from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy – an urgent and potentially life-threatening condition – ...