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Medical Negligence

COVID-19 Update: NHS to pause dealing with Complaints

News article published on: 12th May 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, NHS England has paused the investigation of new and existing complaints to enable clinical staff, including GPs, to focus on front line patient care. The NHS will continue to review and acknowledge all new complaints and will act upon any concerns about patient safety or safeguarding, but will not […]

Social Isolation and Vulnerable Clients

News article published on: 30th April 2020

Many of my clients are residents in nursing homes or live alone and receive care from family and friends on a regular basis. In the last few weeks, pandemic has led to many having limited or no contact with their friends, or family. I have other clients who are clinically extremely vulnerable and who are […]

Limitation periods for clinical negligence claims

News article published on: 28th April 2020

Medical negligence claims are subject to strict time limits which if missed, means you could lose the opportunity to pursue your case forever. Having started my career as an injury solicitors’ negligence specialist, I have been left with a heightened awareness of where the pitfalls lie for the legal profession and missing the expiry of […]

Bereavement Damages Award and hopes for wider change

News article published on: 24th April 2020

Personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers have for a long time complained that the level of bereavement damages, which was until recently capped by statute at £12,980, is too low. The Government’s recent announcement that the cap is to rise to £15,120 for causes of action accruing after 1 May 2020 is therefore a welcome […]

NHS Early Notification Scheme: An examination of how the scheme is operating in practice

News article published on: 23rd April 2020

Jodi Newton of our Clinical Negligence Department, as a specialist solicitor in birth and child brain injury cases, was invited by APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) to write an article about the NHS Early Notification Scheme which is a procedure to investigate incidents where babies have suffered potentially serious brain damage at or […]

Court Hearings and Video Conferencing

News article published on: 21st April 2020

Many of us have had to brush up on our technology skills over the last few weeks. I am a self-confessed technophobe. However, I have had to learn new skills quickly and adapt to the new ways of working while on lockdown. Not only have law firms had to get tech savvy but the courts […]

Delays in removing Ureteric Stents

News article published on: 25th March 2020

In February 2020, the Health Care Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) published an interim bulletin in relation to the ‘Unplanned delayed removal of ureteric stents’.  I was interested in this as I have had quite a few clinical negligence cases, whereby female patients have suffered injury to the ureter during routine surgery and this has not […]

Medical negligence specialist joins expanding practice at Osbornes Law

News article published on: 23rd March 2020

Jodi Newton joins the Medical Negligence team at Osbornes Law. Jodi handles serious and complex medical negligence claims with a particular focus on birth negligence relating to life-changing injuries such as cerebral and Erb’s palsy. She has a strong track-record in securing life-long care packages for injured people. She also handles cases involving amputees and […]

Failure to diagnose a fracture

News article published on: 27th February 2020

What is a bone fracture? A bone fracture occurs when the structure is damaged, causing the bone to break into 2 or more pieces. A fracture can occur for several reasons: High impact trauma such as a road traffic accident. Medium impact trauma such as a fall. However, healthy bones should withstand a fall from […]

Maternity services under review at East Kent NHS Foundation Trust – a failing trust or a wider problem?

News article published on: 26th February 2020

An inquest held in January concluded that the death of baby Harry Richford at a hospital in Margate in 2017 was “wholly avoidable”. Since then, a number of neonatal deaths at East Kent NHS Foundation Trust have been revealed with several thought to have been avoidable – a harrowing truth for the families that have […]

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