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July 4 / Litigation

Case Study – Personal Injury

We have successfully concluded an Accident at Work Personal Injury claim for one of our clients

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June 18 / Litigation

FUNDAMENTAL DISHONESTY – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are bringing a claim for personal injuries, whether this be from medical negligence or an accident claim, your solicitor may talk about fundamental dishonesty. So what does this mean

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June 7 / Litigation

Case Study – Medical Negligence

We have successfully concluded a medical negligence claim for one of our clients

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May 31 / Litigation

NHS Complaints and the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman

When it comes to your healthcare, it is important to know that you have the right to make a complaint about any aspect of NHS care, treatment, or service

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May 8 / Litigation

Case Study – Medical Negligence

We have successfully concluded a medical negligence claim for one of our clients.

In 2018, during a pregnancy, a patient experienced ongoing and severe abdominal pain and nausea. She was also losing blood from her rectum. She was advised to visit her GP by her midwife. She visited her GP on several occasions during her pregnancy complaining of rectal bleeding and abdominal pain. She was advised to “watch and wait.” The symptoms continued and became worse throughout the pregnancy. She eventually presented herself at hospital. Her abdominal pain and nausea persisted.

She had her baby safely in autumn of 2018. The symptoms of abdominal pain and rectal bleeding worsened, and she was unable to tolerate the pain any longer.

In late 2018 she attended hospital and was admitted for investigations. An abdominal ultrasound scan was performed in addition to other investigations, and she was informed that she had abscesses on her liver. She was advised that she had black spots on her liver. No explanation was given for these spots and no other investigations were carried out. Intravenous antibiotics were administered. A needle aspiration was performed for the liver lesions. Samples were sent for microbiology but not cytology. This was a failure which was later admitted by the hospital.

She was discharged from hospital with intravenous and oral antibiotics. Over the course of the next 6 weeks, she received 6 courses of oral antibiotics in addition to intravenous antibiotics. The abdominal pain persisted.

She was to be reviewed in clinic 6 weeks after discharge. This appointment was never made, and she became lost to follow up for a period of time.

In early 2019 she was admitted to hospital with worsening abdominal pain and nausea in addition to persisting rectal bleeding. Investigations were performed.

She was later diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and commenced chemotherapy. However sadly she passed away as a result of her illness.

A claim was brought by the deceased’s next of kin on behalf of her estate.

Liability was thankfully accepted, and a settlement reached for the estate prior to any proceedings being issued.

The difficulty with these cases is establishing medical causation, that means that the patient would have had a better outcome overall. Sadly, in this case, the medical experts felt that the patient would have had the same outcome however there had been a delay which had increased the pain and suffering. As such compensation was secured for the estate.

April 18 / Litigation

Litigation vs ADR

Most clients these days have heard about alternative dispute resolution and will be familiar with what this means however, when in the heat of a legal dispute, these alternatives to the expense of Court proceedings can often be forgotten

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February 9 / Litigation

NO MORE “SAME ROOF” RULE

Since the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was first introduced in 1964 victims of violent crimes could make a claim against the Government for the injuries they suffered

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February 7 / Litigation

Landlord and Tenant Evictions – Don’t get it wrong

Dealing with nuisance tenants can sometimes be more of a worry than a problem

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February 1 / Litigation

Medical Negligence – Care Home Negligence

Making the decision to live in a care home is a big step for most people

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January 31 / Litigation

Medical Negligence Paralegal: How My Nursing Qualification Enhances My Role

I am a medical negligence paralegal and I have been working at Maxwell Hodge since 2017

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