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Our client had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and undergone radiotherapy, chemotherapy and brachytherapy at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Brachytherapy is often used in cervical cancer cases and involves radioactive material being inserted directly into the affected area. Following her brachytherapy treatment she experienced pain in her back and shortness of breath. She was readmitted to hospital where she was diagnosed as having two pulmonary emboli. She remained in hospital as an inpatient for ten days and given anticoagulant treatment. However, when she was...

Case Study of a sucessful North Devon District Hospital medical negligence claim On 19th December 2015 our client gave birth to a baby girl at North Devon District Hospital, the delivery was uneventful. She was discharged from hospital later the same day. However, on Monday 11th January 2016 the new mother started to feel unwell. She was experiencing cramping pains in her stomach. The following day she had severe pains on the right side of her stomach and remained in bed for the day. She...

Our client, Allan Austin, has recovered a six figure compensation payout after negligent delay in hernia treatment at Wexham Park Hospital, near Slough, Berkshire. Mr Austin's plight originally caught the attention of the media after hospital delays led to him he developing a hernia that was the size of a football. The story was featured in a number of national newspapers at the time and now the legal settlement is receiving press coverage, with the BBC and other news agencies reporting on the case. Background to...

The use of surgical mesh Surgical mesh is a medical device usually made of synthetic tissue, to provide support for weakened or damaged tissue. It is frequently used in hernia repairs when the hernia has pushed through the wall of the abdomen and upon repair the abdomen wall requires additional support due to muscle damage. Pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence A less frequently discussed, and perhaps lesser known use for mesh until recently, is for pelvic organ prolapse (POP), where the...

Oliver Thorne, a specialist birth injury lawyer,  has taken the unusual step of writing to the coroner about his concerns regarding the number of incidents he has encountered at North Devon District Hospital's  maternity unit. Oliver's actions have caught the attention of the local press and an article has been featured on Devon Online: http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/under-fire-maternity-unit-high-...

How can the cost of medical negligence claims be reduced while still providing compensation to victims? We are frequently contacted by people who have been the victim of medical negligence but are in two minds about making a legal claim. Their uncertainty is often caused by anxiety about pursuing a case against a medical practitioner they have trusted, the fear of legal costs or the length of time a medical negligence claim might take. However, in addition to these concerns people are increasingly aware from media...

Oliver Thorne, a medical negligence lawyer covering Devon, Somerset and the south west, looks at the decision in RE –v- Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, a case relating to a birth injury condition known as shoulder dystocia. The case also included claims by the child’s mother and grandmother for psychiatric injury. Background The baby at the centre of this case suffered what is known as an hypoxic ischaemic insult during her birth, resulting in permanent brain injury. A claim was made on behalf of...

A short case study of a successful medical negligence claim against the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital which our client's previous solicitors had advised her not to pursue In 2012 our client was undertaking some household chores when she fell from a ladder which was approximately 9 feet high. She landed on her left side and caught her left shoulder on the corner of a door frame as she fell.  As well as injuries to the shoulder she also sustained injuries to her left heel...

We are dealing with a clinical negligence misdiagnosis claim for a young man whose career as a carpenter has been wrecked by the failure of doctors at two hospitals to spot a complex wrist fracture. Our client, an experienced carpenter with City & Guilds qualifications, suffered what seemed to be a straightforward broken wrist back in 2012 when the car in which he was a passenger crashed. The injury was treated as a simple fracture by surgeons at Frenchay hospital in Bristol, and...

Medical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne has been interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett, along with his client for whom he has recovered substantial compensation. You can hear the 5 Live interview with Oliver here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z3zbx#play For further information about benzodiazepine addiction and the legal principles involved in bringing a medical negligence claim for the effects of tranquilizer use call Oliver on 01271 372128 or email him direct at [email protected] ...