Supreme Court invited to consider secondary victim claims – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Paul & Ors v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2022] EWCA Civ 12 (13 January 2022). The Court of Appeal dismissed a set of claims for psychiatric injury on the basis of prior binding authority, but indicated that the issue is suitable for consideration by the Supreme Court.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th January 2022

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Gaps in Time and Space: Claims for Clinical Negligence by Secondary Victims following Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

Posted January 20th, 2022 in hospitals, negligence, news, psychiatric damage, third parties by tracey

‘A heavyweight Court of Appeal, comprising the Master of the Rolls, the Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and Nicola Davies LJ has handed down judgment in the conjoined appeals of Paul v Wolverhampton NHS Trust; Polmear v Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust; Purchase v Ahmed [2022] EWCA Civ 12 (referred to, together, in this post as “Paul”). The appeal has been awaited and closely watched, dealing as it does with claims for psychiatric injury by secondary victims (that category of cases referred to, historically, as “nervous shock claims”) in a clinical negligence context. The Master of the Rolls gave the leading judgment, with which the Vice President and Nicola Davies LJ agreed.’

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Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 18th January 2022

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Katy Sprague not warned of threat to kill hours before her murder – BBC News

‘A woman was not told her neighbour had threatened to kill her just hours before he murdered her, a review has found.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2022

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“Warehoused” case against law firm struck out – Legal Futures

Posted January 18th, 2022 in abuse of process, conspiracy, fraud, law firms, negligence, news, striking out by tracey

‘The High Court has struck out a professional negligence claim against a London law firm that it decided had been “warehoused”.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2022

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Negligence claim brought over negligence claim to proceed – Legal Futures

Posted January 18th, 2022 in appeals, legal advice, negligence, news, sale of land, summary judgments, valuation by tracey

‘A claimant suing his solicitors for negligence in how they pursued a claim for negligence against other solicitors has failed in his application for permission to appeal a ruling that refused summary judgment in his favour.’

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Legal futures, 18th January 2022

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Medical negligence claims process can be “inhumane experience” – Legal Futures

Posted January 12th, 2022 in compensation, damages, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Making claims against the NHS can be “a difficult, and in some cases inhumane, experience”, with the worst cases seeing staff trying to “proactively cover up” errors and even fabricating medical records, a report has found.

However, in other cases they were “very upfront about what had gone wrong” and consultants recommended taking legal action, according to research for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).’

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Legal Futures, 12th January 2022

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Doctors up in arms over ‘pre-conception negligence’ ruling – Legal Futures

Posted December 20th, 2021 in birth, children, damages, disabled persons, doctors, health, negligence, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Hundreds of doctors around the country, along with representative organisations, have spoken out over the High Court finding a GP negligent for advice given to a mother before conception which led to the birth of a disabled child.’

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Legal Futures, 20th December 2021

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Records vs Recollections: HTR v Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

Posted December 14th, 2021 in birth, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries, witnesses by tracey

‘What approach should the court take when there is a fundamental dispute of fact between an individual’s recollection given in witness evidence and contemporaneous medical records? This was the issue in the trial of HTR v Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 3228 (QB), heard by Cotter J between 5 and 7 October 2021. The case will be of interest to clinical negligence practitioners following the judge’s preference of the Claimant’s mother’s witness evidence about matters that occurred 17 years earlier, despite the existence of a medical note made at the time which appeared to directly contradict that evidence.’

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Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 7th December 2021

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Stillborn baby’s parents receive £2.8m from Nottingham hospital trust – BBC News

‘A couple whose child died in the womb after mistakes by maternity staff have received a £2.8m settlement.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2021

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Covid not good enough reason for solicitors missing court deadline – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2021 in coronavirus, delay, law firms, negligence, news, striking out, time limits by sally

‘The disruption caused by Covid last year was not a good enough excuse for a law firm missing a deadline to file amended particulars of claim by four months, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2021

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‘Experienced’ LiP refused adjournment for pro bono counsel’s unavailability – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 30th, 2021 in adjournment, executors, litigants in person, negligence, news, pro bono work by tracey

‘A High Court judge has refused a litigant’s plea to adjourn a hearing date on the basis his preferred barrister was double booked on that date.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th November 2021

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Paralysed jockey Freddy Tylicki sues rider Graham Gibbons for £6m over fall – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2021 in causation, horse racing, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Former Flat jockey Freddy Tylicki’s £6m negligence claim against fellow rider Graham Gibbons has begun in the High Court.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2021

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Drunkenness no basis for avoiding contributory negligence, Court of Appeal rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 18th, 2021 in accidents, alcohol abuse, contribution, negligence, news, road traffic by tracey

‘The drunkenness of a passenger seeking damages for injuries sustained in a car crash “will not avoid a finding of contributory negligence” where the claimant should have appreciated that the driver was too drunk to drive safely, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th November 2021

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Drunkenness no basis for avoiding contributory negligence, Court of Appeal rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The drunkenness of a passenger seeking damages for injuries sustained in a car crash ‘will not avoid a finding of contributory negligence’ where the claimant should have appreciated that the driver was too drunk to drive safely, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th November 2021

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QC criticises NHS Resolution for “unacceptable” delay in settling huge claim – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2021 in barristers, compensation, damages, delay, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A leading QC has criticised NHS Resolution for “unacceptable” delays in settling one of the largest ever settlements in a clinical negligence case.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2021

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Castello v Gonschior: The Importance of Choosing the Right Discipline of Expert in Clinical Negligence Claims and the Limitations of Res Ipsa Loquitur – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

‘In Castello v Gonschior [2021] EWHC 2742 (QB), Lambert J provides an important reminder of the importance of choosing the right experts and an example of the relevance, or lack of relevance, of complaints by other patients, and the evidential principles of “res ipsa loquitur” and Keefe v The Isle of Man Steam Packet Co Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 683 (“Keefe”) in clinical negligence claims.’

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Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 11th November 2021

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Alder Hey NHS Trust must pay boy £27m over brain injuries – BBC News

Posted November 12th, 2021 in children, compensation, damages, families, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A boy who suffered “catastrophic brain injuries” when doctors failed to see he had a virus and sent him home after he had a seizure has been awarded £27m.’

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BBC News, 11th November 2021

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‘Failure to remove’ claims in the High Court – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg looks at the lessons from an important High Court ruling on ‘failure to remove’ claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2021

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Limitation in Clinical Negligence Claims – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

‘Civil practitioners dealing with personal injury claims are generally familiar with the three-year limitation period imposed by section 11 of the Limitation Act 1980. Put simply, claims for personal injury (whether arising from negligence, nuisance or breach of duty) must be brought within three years of the date on which the cause of action accrued (section 11(4)(a)) or the date of knowledge (if later) of the person injured (section 11(4)(b)). A person’s “date of knowledge” for the purposes of section 11(4)(b) is defined in section 14 of the Limitation Act 1980.’

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Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 2nd November 2021

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Solicitor struck off for misleading client about settlement – Legal Futures

“An experienced solicitor who worked at Slater & Gordon has been struck off after telling a personal injury client that her case was ongoing when it had actually settled and using some of the money to pay other clients damages they were not entitled to.”

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2021

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