August 2014 Archive

Weekend nurse - patient ratio on stroke units found to adversely affect mortality

Posted by on

I read with interest a piece of research which adds to the debate regarding increased mortality of patients admitted to hospital at weekends. More …

IV fluids guidelines should improve outcomes for patients

Posted by on

Mismanagement of IV fluid therapy can cause serious harm and damage to often very unwell patients. New guidelines from NICE should help with more careful management of drips or IV fluids in hospitals More …

Injury Clinic

Posted on

Whilst browsing through the Daily Echo and enjoying my breakfast at my desk, before the phones start ringing and the quiet, calmness of the office disappears!, I was interested to read about The Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre of Excellence, aka Excel, that has opened at the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital in Chandlers Ford. Just down the road from our Southampton office! More …

The importance of evidence in Personal Injury claims

Posted by on

Solicitor Deborah Lewis looks at the importance of securing evidence promptly in Personal Injury Claims. More …

Noise induced hearing loss - "The new whiplash?"

Posted on

As a lawyer experienced in dealing with Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims I was intrigued to read an article on West Law from the Independent on Sunday discussing whether the recent increase in hearing loss claims are in the main fraudulent. More …

Medical report update

Posted by on

The government are continuing to make further cuts in the costs involved in compensation claims in the UK. The latest being to cut the fees for whiplash medical reports. More …

New disclosure procedure in mesothelioma cases

Posted by on

In the case of Yates v Commissioners for HMRC and APIL [2014] EWHC 2311 (QB) Master McCloud in the High Court has just set out a procedure for the disclosure of HMRC employment schedules in respect of deceased persons outside the scope of issued court proceedings. More …

Landmark case on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Posted by on

Frances Gibb, Legal Editor for the Times has reported on 5th August that a case involving children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome which could ensure compensation for 80 children will be heard in the Court of Appeal in November this year. More …

Calls for clearer surrogacy laws

Posted by on

The case of Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand, has raised concerns about the law on surrogacy and a call has been made for an international law that would give some clarity. More …

Ebola - should we be worried?

Posted on

Almost every day at the moment we hear stories in the news about the Ebola virus in West Africa. Joanna Burkhart looks at how serious a threat this is to people in the UK? More …