Sian Morris

Switalskis representing family of young woman who died from Sepsis



By Sian Morris, Chartered Legal Executive, Clinical Negligence  The Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have apologised and admitted negligence for their failings that led to the death of a 25 year old woman. Switalskis represent the family of Farha Zalqarnain who first attended the Emergency Department at the Bradford Royal Infirmary on 8 March 2016 with complaints of a ...
 
Stephanie Kennedy

World Sepsis Day 2019



By Stephanie Kennedy, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence  Today, 13 September 2019, marks the 8th World Sepsis Day. What is Sepsis? Sepsis (also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning) is the body’s life-threatening reaction to an infection where it begins to damage its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multi-organ failure, amputation and death, especially when it is not ...
 
Rachel Alderson Chartered Legal Executive

Cauda Equina Syndrome costs the NHS hundreds of millions a year



By Rachel Alderson, Chartered Legal Executive, Clinical Negligence  Cauda Equina syndrome is a rare and severe type of spinal stenosis where all of the nerves in the lower back suddenly become severely compressed. It can be brought on by the simplest of movements.  Red flag signs include nerve pain down both legs as well as pins and needles or numbness ...
 
Sadie Simpson

Sadie Simpson nominated for ‘Rising Star’ award



Sadie Simpson – a Medical Negligence and Inquest specialist from our Sheffield office has been nominated for a prestigious ‘Rising Star’ award at the forthcoming Yorkshire Legal Awards. The winner will be announced on the 10th October in Leeds.  The nomination is in recognition of the way that Sadie has managed her own caseload within the highly technical and demanding ...
 
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 ...