Cardiotocography: An Introduction – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in birth, evidence, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Cardiotocography traces form a central piece of documentary evidence in litigation related to adverse perinatal outcomes, which are alleged to have arisen due to events that took place during the labour and/or delivery of the baby. Cardiotocography is therefore an important element to get to grips with for any practitioner when working on birth injury cases. Errors in electronic‏ fetal heart rate monitoring or cardiotocography are a‏ common theme in such cases with injuries to the baby‏ including cerebral palsy, stillbirth and scarring and injuries‏ to the mother including damage to the mother’s perineum‏ or vagina resulting in disability which limits sexual‏ intercourse, lack of control of bladder/bowel function‏ and of course psychological or psychiatric sequelae.‏ A recent review by NHS Resolution in September 2017‏ found that 32 out of the 50 cerebral palsy cases looked‏ at, involved errors of cardiotocography interpretation.‏ This article is a beginner’s guide to cardiotocography for‏ application in medical negligence cases.’‏ ‏

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No. 5 Chambers, 31st July 2018

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12-year-old girl who became child model despite cerebral palsy awarded £15m by NHS in compensation – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 18th, 2018 in birth, compensation, hospitals, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A 12-year-old girl who has forged a child modelling career despite suffering severe cerebral palsy since her birth has won over £15 million in NHS compensation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2018

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Morecambe Bay: Nurse and midwife regulator apologises for failing families who lost children in scandal – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2018 in birth, children, hospitals, midwives, news, nurses, select committees by tracey

‘The families of children who died because of major care failures by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, have received an apology from the body meant to protect patients and the public from unsafe nurses and midwives.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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Doctor can return to work after causing decapitation of baby in mother’s womb, tribunal rules – The Independent

‘A doctor who caused a baby to be decapitated during birth has been cleared of misconduct and can return to work.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2018

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Baby was decapitated by doctor’s actions, tribunal rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 5th, 2018 in birth, disciplinary procedures, doctors, medical treatment, news, tribunals by tracey

‘A gynaecologist who caused an unborn baby to be accidentally decapitated in her mother’s womb has been found guilty of medical misconduct.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th June 2018

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NHS makes near record £19m payout to parents of girl left brain damaged after jaundice treatment went wrong – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in birth, compensation, hospitals, negligence, news by tracey

‘The NHS has made a near record £19m payout to the parents of girl left brain damaged after jaundice treatment went wrong. The nine-year-old was born at King’s College Hospital with severe jaundice and her lawyers claimed there was a negligent delay in giving her a total blood transfusion.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2018

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Sri Lankan wins lawsuit against NHS as midwives fail to explain why she needed to feed her son due to language barrier – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 16th, 2018 in birth, hospitals, interpreters, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A Sri Lankan refugee who could not speak English has won a legal battle against the NHS after her child was brain damaged after hospital staff did not explain the importance of feeding a newborn.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th April 2018

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A home for the disabled victim – Zenith PI

Posted March 9th, 2018 in birth, damages, disabled persons, hospitals, housing, negligence, news by tracey

‘This blog concerns the case of JR v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] PIQR Q3. William Davis J gave an impressive and comprehensive analysis of the many problems in that case. JR, who was born in 1992, in the course of delivery suffered from intracranial haemorrhage and brain injury. As a result he experienced severe spastic cerebral palsy and significant cognitive impairment. This was a consequence of the negligence of the Defendant hospital and the issues for the Judge to resolve concerned various questions which were in dispute regarding various consequences of the disaster at the time of JR’s birth.’

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Zenith PI, 9th March 2018

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European court rejects appeal in Isaiah Haastrup life support case – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2018 in appeals, birth, children, consent, human rights, medical treatment, news by sally

‘An 11th-hour appeal to European court judges by the father of the profoundly brain-damaged baby Isaiah Haastrup to try to prevent doctors from withdrawing his son’s life-sustaining treatment has failed.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2018

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Royal Derby Hospital baby deaths ‘preventable’ – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in birth, children, hospitals, news, reports by tracey

‘A review into the deaths of dozens of babies at the Royal Derby Hospital between 2013 and 2016 has found many of them might have been preventable.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2018

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Isaiah Haastrup father to appeal over decision to end life support – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2018 in appeals, birth, children, consent, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The father of a boy with brain damage is preparing an appeal against a high court ruling allowing doctors to stop providing life support for his 11-month-old son.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2018

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Collapsed trial woman says she gave birth ‘alone’ in prison – BBC News

‘A woman held in custody for more than 13 months before her trial collapsed has told the BBC she hopes someone will be punished for the failures which led to her giving birth in prison.’

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BBC News, 31st January 2018

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Historical injustice for persons born out of wedlock and their right to British Citizenship still lingers on – Legal Voice

Posted January 8th, 2018 in birth, children, citizenship, cohabitation, news by sally

‘This article concerns only one of several historical injustices in British nationality law. For decades, it discriminated against people born out of wedlock to British fathers by not allowing those fathers to pass on their nationality to their child.’

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Legal Voice, 8th January 2018

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Maternity mistakes: 276,000 incidents logged in two years – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2017 in birth, hospitals, mistake, negligence, news, statistics by tracey

‘Tens of thousands of mothers and babies in England were harmed by potential lapses in maternity care in the past two years, the BBC has learned. More than 276,000 incidents were logged by worried hospital staff between April 2015 and March 2017 – the equivalent of one mistake for every five births.’

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BBC News, 21st Decembher 2017

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Still-births; time to pass responsibility to Coroners? – Park Square Barristers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in anonymity, birth, coroners, inquests, judicial review, news by sally

‘On 17th May this year I discussed the Court of Appeal decision in the tragic case of R (on the application of T) v HM SENIOR CORONER FOR THE COUNTY OF WEST YORKSHIRE (2017) EWCA Civ 318 in which the Court of Appeal were asked to deal with an application for judicial review of two decisions of the West Yorkshire Coroner; first to hold an Inquest into the death of a baby who may or may not have been born alive and second not to grant an anonymity order to the baby’s mother. ‘

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Park Square Barristers, 5th December 2017

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Damages for wrongful birth: how far does a doctor’s responsibility go? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 29th, 2017 in birth, causation, damages, doctors, negligence, news by sally

‘Can a mother who consults a doctor with a view to avoiding the birth of a child with one disability recover damages for the costs associated with another disability?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th November 2017

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Coroners could get powers to probe stillbirths, in bid to tackle Britain’s poor maternity safety record – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2017 in birth, coroners, health, inquests, news by sally

‘Coroners should be granted powers to investigate stillbirths, in bid to prevent the number of “heartbreaking” blunders in childbirth, Jeremy Hunt will say today.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2017

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Mother killed herself after ‘serious failure’ by mental health unit – The guardian

Posted November 15th, 2017 in birth, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘A mother who killed herself while suffering from postnatal depression died as a result of a “very serious failure” that allowed her to leave a mental health unit unchaperoned, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2017

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Mother jailed for hiding dead baby in Grimsby drain – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in birth, news, pregnancy, preventing lawful & decent burial, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who hid the body of her newborn son in a drain has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2017

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Is a mother giving birth a primary or secondary victim in a claim for negligent treatment? – Family Law

Posted September 20th, 2017 in birth, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage by sally

‘RE v Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 824 (QB) involved a claim relating to negligent treatment during a child’s birth that resulted in the child suffering cerebral palsy (CP). The case also involved psychological injury claims for mother and grandmother (the father’s claim was discontinued).’

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Family Law, 19th September 2017

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