Solicitor Jim Gladman

“Families attending Inquests involving the state should receive emergency Legal Aid”



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence The Guardian has reported on calls for emergency Legal Aid to be provided for bereaved relatives so that they can fully participate in Inquests into the death of a loved one. The Guardian noted that while relatives, who are grieving and often still distressed by the events, may be forced to represent themselves, on the ...
 
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Inquest into Manchester baby’s death highlights paramedic service failings



Press release: Thursday 30 August 2018 A two-day inquest at the Coroner’s office in Heywood, Greater Manchester, has concluded that failings within the paramedic service led to the death of a newborn baby in October last year. Jessica Harland died on 12 October 2017 following an emergency caesarean section after her mother, Sarah Grimes, was admitted to The Royal Oldham ...
 

Report criticises inquests into the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence I noted in my blog on the Gosport War Memorial Hospital scandal that the report concluded that hundreds of premature patient deaths were caused by the inappropriate prescription and over-prescription of opioid painkillers. This blog looks at the failures in the early investigations into the deaths. It will also consider the issues in chapter 8 of ...
 
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Chief Coroner Provides Guidance on Burial Policies



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence The Chief Coroner, Mark Lucroft QC, has published a practical guide to assist Coroners when there is a request from the deceased’s family for the urgent release of their loved one’s body. The guide notes that a Coroner has legal authority over a body when a death is notified. This authority extends for as ...
 
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Mental health patients died because of a lack of beds and staff



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence In the last 6 years, it has been identified in England and Wales that failings in NHS treatment for mental health problems contributed to the death of 45 patients.  The Guardian has reported that a lack of beds, staff and specialist services has contributed to the deaths of numerous mental health patients. This is ...
 
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One step closer: Inquests into cases of stillbirth



On 2 February 2018, the Parliamentary Members Bill regarding Coroners’ investigations into stillbirths had its second reading. During the second reading, Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South referred to the experience of her constituents and our clients, Jack and Sarah Hawkins, whose baby daughter – Harriet – died whilst she was being born. Jack and Sarah have been sharing their story ...
 
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Tractor driver who caused death of 11 y/o Harry Whitlam jailed for 16 months



Switalskis Solicitors are representing the family of Harry Whitlam, an 11-year-old boy who was  struck and killed by a reversing tractor on 9th August 2013. The tractor was driven by Gary Green, a self-employed farmhand who was found to be over twice the legal drink-drive limit at the time of the accident at Swithens Farm, Leeds. The police were unable ...
 
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Coroner gives verdict at inquest into death of 20-year-old D’Anna Ward



A Coroner has concluded a six-day inquest hearing by returning an open verdict into the death of D’Anna Ward, aged 20, who was under the protection of a Community Treatment Order (CTO) at the time she took her own life. D’Anna hanged herself on 7th August and, despite the efforts of emergency services, she died in hospital four days later. In ...
 
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Switalskis represents parents at inquest into care home death



The inquest into the death of 20-year-old D’Anna Joan Ward is to begin on 19 September at Blackburn Coroners Court. D’Anna’s parents – Andrew and Pamela Ward – are being represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members, Michael Kennedy and Jim Gladman of Switalskis Solicitors. D’Anna Joan Ward had complex needs with a history of impulsive risk taking behaviour along with a ...