Boy left with brain injuries at birth receives £11m compensation – The Guardian

‘The mother of a boy who was born with brain injuries after medical staff failed to notice his slowing heartbeat during labour has said she hopes she can provide a better quality of life for her son after receiving £11m in a high court settlement with the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016

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‘Comedy of errors’ left baby legally fatherless, judge reveals as he criticises NHS clinic – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 9th, 2016 in birth, children, consent, hospitals, news by sally

‘Britain’s top family judge has criticised a “comedy of errors” at a top NHS fertility clinic that left a baby in danger of being left legally fatherless.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2016

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Disabled man born after incest rape wins right to claim compensation – BBC News

‘A man born with severe disabilities after his mother was raped by her father has won the right to claim compensation.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2016

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The women forced to give birth in front of male prison guards – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2016 in birth, news, pregnancy, prison officers, prisons, privacy, reports, women by tracey

‘The Government is coming under pressure to justify why it imprisons pregnant women and their babies, after a report suggested that the practice can cause significant harm to infants and mothers without benefiting public safety.’

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The Independent, 26th May 2016

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PI victim gets 100% costs – despite failing with one allegation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that a claimant should be awarded full costs of bringing her case despite losing on one of the issues.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th April 2015

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Court of Appeal overturns issues-based part 36 offer – Litigation Futures

‘Judges can make issues-based costs orders under part 36 but only if it is unjust to deprive a successful claimant of all or part of their costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled in overturning such an order.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th April 2016

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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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