Solicitor Ruth Heathcote

Planned Huddersfield A&E closure attracts widespread criticism



By Ruth Nicholson, Solicitor Clinical Negligence On 15th January 2016, Huddersfield CCG announced plans to close the accident and emergency department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. The proposal is to switch full A&E provision to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, which will be expanded to focus on serious and life-threatening cases. The closure is part of a larger scheme which includes demolishing ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Disability-related financial support – what’s out there?



  By Samantha Spain, Solicitor  Court of Protection & Clinical Negligence   Are you out of work and disabled? You may be able to get more financial help than you think. As a Court of Protection Solicitor I work with people that have lost the capacity to manage their own financial affairs; either through a progressive illness or as a result of ...
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Solicitor Jim Gladman

Why did a 6-year-old boy die in hospital?



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor , Clinical Negligence Six-year-old Jack Adcock had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition. In February 2011, he was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary with vomiting and diarrhoea. Eleven hours after being admitted to hospital, Jack died of a cardiac arrest. The cause of his death was a heart attack caused by septic shock triggered by a virulent ...
 

Clinical Negligence Blog: Pressure Sores



By Ruth Nicholson, Solicitor As a specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitor, I frequently handle cases involving health conditions which can arise as a result of negligent care. Pressure sores are one such condition. Around half a million people in the UK develop a pressure sore each year. Pressure sores occur when an area of skin is put under pressure and can start to ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Lawyers respond to Clinical Negligence fixed fees proposal



by Sunny Sandhu There has been increasing concern from Claimant solicitors about the recent proposals for fixed fees in Clinical Negligence cases. The government are proposing to introduce a fixed costs regime for the investigation of Clinical Negligence cases valued at up to £250,000.00. Clinical Negligence claims involve life-changing injuries and are more often than not very complex in nature. ...
 
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Clinical Negligence team plan programme of exciting fundraising events



The Clinical Negligence department have been busy putting together an exciting programme of events to raise money for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. On Tuesday 4th November, the team will be holding a bake sale and fancy dress event for the whole firm. Staff members will be encouraged to dress up (or down) for a small donation to the hospice ...
 
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How to avoid inexperienced medical negligence lawyers



How do you avoid inexperienced clinical negligence lawyers? This week, the Law Society Gazette has highlighted concerns that inexperienced personal injury law firms may be attempting to move into the specialist area of clinical negligence claims.   The Gazette reports that insurers have noted a surge in firms seeking ‘after the event’ insurance which are often essential in running a ...