New Maternity Safety Inquiry - improving patient safety or cutting claimant compensation?

Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee has launched a new inquiry into the safety of maternity services in England. The announcement and ‘call for evidence’ follows a call by former Health Secretary , Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP,...

HSIB's Summary Report on Maternity Safety Themes at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

This week, the families of babies who died or suffered brain injury as a result of negligent maternity care at two maternity units run by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust begin sharing their experiences with the panel of investigators...

Hyponatraemia - brain injury from low blood sodium caused by fluid monitoring errors in childbirth

We hear a lot about the importance of good hydration. People who are interested in health or fitness make sure that they are drinking plenty of water. In childbirth, excess water consumption can leave the bloodstream dangerously short of sodium (salt). This...

What is hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) and what does it mean for my child?

Parents who are trying to come to terms with a newborn baby’s brain injury often feel frustrated at the lack of clear information. They know that something serious happened at birth. They may even have been contacted by NHS Resolution, the NHS defence...

Birthrights - are NHS trusts using coronavirus as an excuse to refuse caesarean sections?

One in four births in the UK takes place by caesarean section. That means that 25% of mothers either need or want to have their baby by surgical operation. Some of these will try to give birth vaginally but find that concerns about their own or the...

Birth injury compensation claims from Syntocinon, hyperstimulation and uterine rupture in labour

Contractions of the mother’s uterus (womb) are a natural part of childbirth. Successful labour and vaginal delivery depend on the mother’s uterine contractions opening (dilating) the cervix and pushing the baby down into the birth canal. ...

Twin pregnancy - complications and causes of claims for compensation

According to the NHS , twin and multiple pregnancies are becoming more common. Today, 1 in 65 births in the UK are twins or multiple babies, compared with 1 in 100 in 1984. Twin pregnancies carry greater risks for the mother and baby than...

RCOG and RCM set new guidelines for minimum antenatal and postnatal maternity care standards during COVID-19

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have published new guidelines setting out recommended minimum standards of safe antenatal and postnatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidelines...

VBAC (Vaginal birth after caesarean section) - what are the risks?

When a pregnant woman is advised to have a vaginal delivery after her previous child was born by  caesarean section, she must be properly advised and her labour carefully managed to reduce her risk of uterine rupture. The Royal College of Obstetricians...

Each Baby Counts: 72% of injured babies in 2017 might have had different outcomes with better care

Each Baby Counts, the maternity care improvement programme run by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) which aims to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and babies who are brain-damaged at birth, has published its latest...

HSIB National Learning Report identifies themes in NHS maternity safety - but still no recommendations

HSIB has published its long-awaited first national learning report into maternity safety since taking over responsibility for investigating incidents of brain damage, stillbirth and neonatal injury to babies, and maternal deaths, in April 2018. The report...

Care Quality Commission tells NHS maternity services improvement is needed to 'get safer faster'

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently told NHS maternity services in England to improve faster ‘to ensure that women and babies get consistently good, safe care’. In its March 2020 report, ‘ Getting safer faster: key areas...

Vitamin K deficiency bleeding - Why newborn babies need Vitamin K

We are all familiar with everyday vitamins, such as vitamins A, B, C, D and E, but how much do you know about vitamin K? Most adults who are eating a healthy diet will never need extra vitamin K because their bodies produce enough of it naturally. For...

Jeremy Hunt calls for maternity safety enquiry

Former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has called for an independent enquiry into maternity safety in the NHS. According to The Independent , he is calling for a probe into why poor care and cover-ups are being repeated at different hospitals to find out...

Patients' lawyers ask NHS Resolution; "What are you telling parents of babies harmed at birth?"

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a professional body of specialist lawyers who act for people harmed as a result of negligence, has called for NHS Resolution to tell them what they are advising parents of babies who have been brain-injured...

Achieving full compensation where there has been a negligent contribution to birth-related or neonatal brain injury

Over the years, I have helped hundreds of families whose lives have been shattered by their baby suffering a brain injury at birth. With experience, I have learned to recognise mistakes in maternity care, and the types of injury that are caused by many...

Government figures - 105 birth-injured babies received settlements exceeding £1m in 2018/2019

Earlier this year, the government confirmed that in the 2018/2019 financial year, the NHS made 105 compensation settlements of over £1million to babies disabled for life by medical negligence. In the same year, Boyes Turner’s cerebral...

Fetal monitoring in labour - what monitoring is available and why is it so important?

Measuring an unborn baby’s heart rate is a very good way of checking their health during labour and birth. A normal heart rate can reassure healthcare professionals that it is safe to continue labour if no other problems are present. On the other...

Neonatal Jaundice - myths and midwife mistakes

Are you confused by neonatal jaundice? If so, you are probably not alone. This is because neonatal jaundice is often described as a common condition which is usually harmless and resolves in a few days, but also as a potentially dangerous condition which can...

NHS Resolution's Early Notification Scheme after brain injury at birth - who is it helping?

The NHS defence organisation, NHS Resolution, claims that its Early Notification Scheme offers support for families of babies who were born at full term but suffered hypoxic (lack of oxygen) brain injury from mistakes in maternity care. Promoted by NHS...

Interim payments for early access to rehabilitation and therapy

From the moment we agree to pursue a client’s medical negligence case, our focus is on obtaining an admission of liability. This acknowledgement of fault is of the utmost importance to our clients. It recognises that something outside of their control...

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to stop maternity investigations by 2021

The government has confirmed that its former plans for maternity safety investigations to be carried out by the Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB), the new statutory successor to the HSIB, have been removed from the Health Service Safety...

All we want for Christmas is... Sensory toys!

It’s the festive season and for any child that has to mean TOYS! For parents, grandparents and anyone else involved in meeting the child’s ‘Santa’ expectations, filling a stocking isn’t always that simple.  High hopes and...

Interview with Consultant Neonatologist, Dr Peter Dear

Each baby’s birth is a journey of multiple stages from pregnancy through labour and delivery into their first few days of life. The safety of the birth process and the mother and baby’s health and wellbeing are often managed by a team of health...

New treatment offers hope of reducing harm to babies born prematurely

Every year in England between 4,000 and 5,000 babies are born prematurely before 30 weeks’ gestation. Prematurity increases the risk of various serious conditions, including cerebral palsy. The risk of developing cerebral palsy is around 10% for babies...

Interview with Dr Cheryl Newton, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist

When a child suffers a brain injury it takes specialist skills to understand and untangle the various ways in which the injury will affect their life. Their ability to think, perceive, process information, function and communicate may be impaired, affecting...

Living with cerebral palsy in adulthood

A difficult and detailed, but vitally important, part of our role is to predict and value the needs of an infant with cerebral palsy into adulthood and throughout their life. Like any child, their needs will change as they grow and develop, but for...

Interview with Laxmi Patel: Helping children with Cerebral Palsy get the right school placement

For many parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) the process of finding and obtaining a placement at the right school for their child can be confusing, frustrating and exhausting. It takes considerable time, paperwork, persistence and an...

Where to go on holiday with a disabled child?

Children love the school holidays but as all parents know, holidays need planning, particularly when the family includes a disabled child. So, with summer almost here, here are a few ‘staycation’ holiday opportunities for disabled children to...

Living with Erb's palsy or brachial plexus nerve injury

When someone mentions birth injury or birth trauma, we may immediately think about injuries to the baby’s head and brain, or physical and/or psychological injury to the mother. Whilst these types of injury are more commonly talked about in the NHS and...

The disabled teenager's dilemma: Am I too old or too young to bring a claim?

The parent’s dilemma: my child has cerebral palsy - do I cope or question? Living with severe disability can be stressful. It’s only natural that parents who have experienced a difficult birth or neonatal injury to their child often try to set...

Claims and the NHS

Susan Brown has over twenty years' experience of working for people who have been injured as a result of medical negligence. We asked Susan to share her insight into some of the worries expressed by families who are considering claiming their...

Introducing Ruth Meyer, head of our Court of Protection team

We asked Boyes Turner partner, Ruth Meyer , about how she supports children with cerebral palsy andtheir families through her role in the Court of Protection team . Ruth qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and is also a qualified New York attorney....

Controlled cooling or therapeutic hypothermia for newborn babies with brain injury

When a baby is born with brain injury after suffering from lack of oxygen at birth , the severity of their injury (e.g. moderate to severe hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy or HIE) and their chances of survival will determine whether they must be treated...

Trauma claims on the rise for caesarean deliveries complicated by 'impaction of the fetal head' in second stage of labour

A research study has recently been launched to find out more about the rising numbers of second stage caesarean sections in the UK which are complicated by impaction of the fetal head and in turn lead to injury to both mother and baby. What is the second...

How does Boyes Turner protect vulnerable clients and their compensation?

As high value medical negligence claims specialists helping severely disabled children and adults achieve compensation to meet their lifelong needs, clients often ask us: What happens after the settlement? Won’t I be vulnerable with so much money? How...

Living with cerebral palsy brain injury - Can I still have an active lifestyle?

As specialist serious injury solicitors, we know the many ways that life can be altered after a brain injury, not just for the injured person but for their family too. It is important both for the individual and their family that they can get out of the...

Local charities supporting families with disability

Much of the work we do here in the medical negligence team at Boyes Turner is aimed at securing compensation to meet all the individual needs of our disabled clients throughout their lives. While our role is to assist with the litigation process, we also...

Living with Cerebral Palsy: how can I find better accommodation?

Cerebral palsy specialist, Susan Brown , has been recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers Directory for her expertise in maximum severity claims for more than a decade. In this article we asked Susan about one of the most important concerns for a family...

How will the Personal Injury Discount Rate review reduce compensation for the severely injured?

The Lord Chancellor has now begun a review of the personal injury discount rate. This will inevitably lead to a significant reduction in compensation payments for severely injured victims of negligence. It follows on from the Civil Liability Act...

Is there a cure for Cerebral Palsy?

There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy . The injury to the brain which causes the condition, and its effects, are permanent. The functional impairments and disabilities which arise from the condition are managed by a range of treatments or...

Quantifying claims relating to cerebral palsy

Medical negligence partner, Richard Money-Kyrle, has been recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers Directory for his expertise in maximum severity claims for more than a decade. As a specialist in achieving high value awards for clients with cerebral palsy...

Top ten issues to consider at liability judgment

The aim of a claim for personal injury or clinical negligence is to put the injured person back in the position they were in before they sustained an injury. As experienced injury lawyers, we know that this is almost impossible to achieve in reality. ...

Meet cerebral palsy lawyer Susan Brown

Susan Brown has dedicated her specialist legal career spanning over 25 years to helping brain-injured and severely disabled children and their families rebuild their lives after negligently caused birth and neonatal injury. Nationally acclaimed and...

Each Baby Counts Progress Report reveals extent of birth-related harm to babies

The latest progress report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) maternity quality improvement programme, Each Baby Counts , has revealed that in 2016, in the UK, 1,123 term babies were severely brain damaged at...

All #AGloHa for Child Brain Injury Trust

Over the last week, the staff at Boyes Turner Solicitors have been supporting #GloWeek and raising funds in support of the Child Brain Injury Trust.  As the autumnal evenings draw in, the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) work to highlight the...

International Cerebral Palsy Claims - how to choose the right lawyer for you

Moving abroad after your child suffers catastrophic injury from medical negligence in England or Wales shouldn't prevent you from making a claim for compensation . Serious injury claims should always be handled by solicitors with specialist...

Maternity investigations to remain outside HSSIB's remit

In April 2018 I reported on the announcement by the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, that the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) would be extending its remit to investigate 1,000 maternity incidents per year....

Parliamentary Joint Committee recommends safe space for HSSIB but not for NHS Trusts

The Parliamentary Joint Committee has reported on the draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill , which sets out the government’s plans for an independent Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) to carry out ‘safe space’...

Latest NHS clinical negligence claims figures from NHS Resolution's Annual Report 2017/2018

NHS Resolution, the special health authority originally known as the NHS Litigation Authority and now rebranded to " resolve claims against the NHS fairly, share learning for improvement and preserve resources for patient care" , has published its...
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