Woman awarded £27,000 after being given Caesarean without enough pain relief – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2016 in birth, compensation, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘A woman has been awarded £27,000 after a hospital began a Caesarean without giving her adequate pain relief.’

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The Independent, 10th February 2016

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Judge orders caesarean if needed for mentally ill mother-to-be – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2016 in birth, Court of Protection, health, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A specialist judge has given doctors permission to perform a caesarean section to deliver the baby of a 21-year-old woman detained under mental health legislation.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2016

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Kernicterus brain disease boy Dilraj Singh wins payout – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2015 in birth, children, compensation, disabled persons, hospitals, midwives, news by sally

‘A mother whose son was left brain damaged after midwives allegedly failed to act on signs of jaundice has won compensation at the High Court.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2015

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Best interests, hard choices: The Baby C case – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Judgments in best interests cases involving children often make for heart-wrenching reading. And so it was in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust v C (by her Children’s Guardian) [2015] EWHC 2920 (Fam), a case which considered Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health guidance, affirming its approach was in conformity with Article 2 and Article 3 ECHR. It also described, in the clearest terms, the terrible challenges facing C’s treating clinicians and her parents.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th November 2015

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Woman gave birth to baby in bath and then left it on neighbour’s doorstep – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2015 in birth, concealing birth, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A woman gave birth to her baby in a bath and then abandoned it on a neighbour’s doorstep because she believed it was the result of an extramarital affair.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2015

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Modernising the law on informed consent – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, birth, consent, doctors, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The recent Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, 11 March 2015 has seen the courts move away from the previously paternalistic laws on informed consent and take a step towards recognising the more modern relationship between doctor and patient.’
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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd June 2015

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Thalidomide survivors seek ‘justice’ with Plaid Euro MP – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in birth, compensation, disabled persons, health, medicines, news by sally

‘Welsh people left disabled by the thalidomide drug scandal are being backed in their fight for compensation by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans.’

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BBC News, 31st May 2015

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Patient consent and medical advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 27th, 2015 in appeals, birth, consent, disabled persons, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘On 11 March 2015, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that Nadine Montgomery should succeed in her claim against NHS Lanarkshire following a birth complication during the delivery of her son in October 1999, which resulted in him suffering severe disabilities.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd May 2015

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Court approves caesarean for mentally-ill woman – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2015 in birth, consent, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘Doctors can perform a caesarean section on a mentally-ill woman who is in the latter stages of pregnancy without her consent, a judge has ruled.’
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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Midwife struck off for misconduct after deaths of two babies – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2015 in birth, disqualification, midwives, news, professional conduct, tribunals by sally

‘A former midwife whose actions were said to have contributed to the deaths of two babies is to be struck off, a misconduct tribunal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2015

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Boy who suffered brain damage due to Harrogate hospital failings to get £10m – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2015 in birth, compensation, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is to receive a £10m care and rehabilitation package from Harrogate and district NHS foundation trust after it admitted failing to provide proper care during his birth that resulted in devastating neurological injuries.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2015

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Brain damaged boy awarded £13m payout from Walsall Manor Hospital – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2015 in birth, compensation, duty of care, hospitals, news by tracey

‘A boy who suffered brain damage at birth has been awarded a £13m-compensation package. The 11-year-old will always have the mind of a six-year-old after his abnormally low sugar levels were not treated, following his birth at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands, in 2003.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2015

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Swindon placenta smoothie maker ‘will not fight ban’ – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2015 in birth, environmental health, food, health & safety, human tissue, news by sally

‘A woman who was banned from using raw placenta to make smoothies for new mothers, has said she cannot afford the legal battle to fight her case.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2015

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Current Issues in Cerebral Palsy & Brain Injury Claims – Cloisters

Posted April 21st, 2015 in birth, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘This is the legal round up slot. There have been a number of interesting first instance cerebral palsy cases reported in 2014/15. The most interesting of which are Tippett v Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWHC 917 (QB) and Baynham v Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust [2014] EWHC. I am going to focus on these two cases.’

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Cloisters, 9th April 2015

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Montgomery Rules following the demise of Sidaway – No. 5 Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in appeals, birth, consent, hospitals, negligence, news, Scotland, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court decision in the case of Montgomery v. Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, 11 March 2015 sounds the death knell for Sidaway. The Supreme Court comprised of 7 Law Lords has now unequivocally said that Sidaway should not be followed in medical cases where consent is in issue. Allowing the appeal from the Scottish courts by a woman whose baby suffered shoulder dystocia in labour, the Supreme Court held that women have a right to information about ‘any material risk’ in order to make autonomous decisions about how to give birth.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 30th March 2015

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Clinical negligence: patients’ wishes are paramount – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in birth, consent, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘Richard Paige discusses 2 recent decisions which are essential reading for any clinical negligence practitioner: they establish that patients’ wishes are paramount. Doctors must ensure that patients are sufficiently informed and must not censor information.’

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Park Square Barristers, 14th March 2015

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Serious Injury Cases: Another Example of the Judges Going Back to Basics – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in birth, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘An earlier post looked at several cases this year where judges have considered fairly fundamental principles of damages when assessing serious personal injury claims. This trend can be seen again in a case decided today Robshaw -v-United Lincoln Hospitals NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 923 (QB).’

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Zenith PI Blog, 1st April 2015

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Boy left disabled during birth could receive record £15m compensation – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in birth, compensation, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘James Robshaw faces a lifetime of dependence after complications during his birth left him with cerebral palsy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd April 2015

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Montgomery (Appellant) v Lanarkshire Health Board (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Montgomery (Appellant) v Lanarkshire Health Board (Respondent) [2015] UKSC 11 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 11th March 2015

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Smoothie court case leaves nasty taste in the mouth for placenta fans – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in birth, environmental health, food, health & safety, human tissue, news by sally

‘Swindon Borough Council argue ‘the processes involved in the production of placenta for human consumption present a number of potentially serious health risks”

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The Independent, 20th March 2015

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