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Category: Clinical Negligence

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Hypoglycaemia (Low Blood Sugar) in Newborns and Birth Injury

Your baby’s sugar levels are regulated by their hormones, the key hormone being insulin. Insulin helps the body to store sugar (blood glucose) and release it when it is needed. Your baby’s blood sugar levels go down in the first few hours after birth, which is completely normal (Unicef 2013). Your baby gets their glucose…

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Preventing Pressure Sores Could Be Easier Than You Think

Pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers or bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue. They can happen to anyone, but they usually affect people who are confined to bed or who sit in a chair or wheel chair for long periods of time as the main cause is prolonged pressure on the…

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Clinical Trial: Investigating Complications When Delivering Bigger Babies

Would delivering bigger babies early lead to less complications during birth? That’s the question being addressed by an upcoming clinical trial. Supported by the Erb’s Palsy Group, the three-and-a-half year trial will study 4,000 pregnant women to investigate whether delivering bigger babies earlier could prevent serious complications during labour and beyond. If a baby is…

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Erb’s Palsy Clinical Negligence Case Study: Baby J

On the 21st September 1986 Mrs P was admitted to Hospital following a suspected rupturing of membranes followed by the onset of contractions. Mr & Mrs P were eagerly awaiting the birth of their second child having given birth to a healthy baby girl two years previously. Mrs P’s labour was slow to progress and…

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Erb’s Palsy Clinical Negligence Case Study: Ms W

Ison Harrison successfully recovered substantial damages on behalf of a young girl whose nerve was damaged at birth causing a form of palsy in her shoulder. This condition is known as Erb’s Palsy. During the antenatal period, it was noted that she was a large baby. Despite this, her mother’s labour progressed well until such…

Karen Hillyer

Q&A with Karen Hillyer, Chair of the Erb’s Palsy Group

With Erbs Palsy Awareness Week in full swing, we thought now was a good time to interview a lady who is helping to educate and inform about Erb’s Palsy and she kindly gave us some useful insight into how and what running the Erb’s Palsy Group really means. Hi Karen- please tell us about your background and how you…

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Concerns Raised as to Fixed Fee Proposals in Clinical Negligence Claims

The Government have announced proposals to impose a cap on recoverable costs in Clinical Negligence cases, and ran a consultation until May 1st. James Thompson is a Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence department and here, he looks at the possible implications. What are the proposals? Currently, if a healthcare provider such as the NHS loses a clinical…

Vaccines Storage

Vaccines stored at incorrect temperatures

Simon Helliwell, a senior Chartered Legal Executive within our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team, has recently been instructed in a number of cases involving a Leeds GP surgery which, following a routine inspection by the Care Quality Commission, was found to have stored vaccines at an incorrect temperature- for up to 18 months. Parents…

Hip replacement surgery

Hip Replacement Surgery Claims – Ison Harrison Can Help

Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common medical procedures around. It is often seen as a lifeline to the patient and a critical factor in improving a person’s quality of life and ongoing mobility. Unfortunately, while the standards of surgery are generally excellent, problems can occur both privately and through the NHS, and…

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Are Bed Sores a Sign of Neglect?

Bed sores (also known as pressure sores) affect millions of people who are admitted to hospital within the United Kingdom every year. They develop as a consequence of pressure being exerted on an area of skin, usually because of a patient’s reduced mobility, causing damage to the skin and the underlying tissue due to a…