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Why it’s time the NHS started talking to medical negligence lawyers for its own good – as well as that of its patients.

By , former Chair of NHS Hull and now chair of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence specialists.

Dealing with the aftermath of what are termed “serious untoward incidents” – the wrong leg amputated, swabs left in patients during operations, tragic mistakes during childbirth – was thankfully a rare but nonetheless disturbing part of my role as Chair of NHS Hull for many years.  We were always informed about what was being done to right the wrong: staffing changes or training, compensation being paid to patients.  It was vital information needed to inform strategic decision making.

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21/11/2013 No Comments

Don’t get mugged by an insurer: brain injury victims may lose out on vital compensation warns the Law Society

Blog by Andrew McGowan

Neil Hudgell Solicitors is backing a plea from the Law Society that personal injury victims who have suffered brain damage should seek the advice of a specialist personal injury solicitor.

According to the Law Society, vulnerable individuals who often have especially complex claims will greatly benefit from the legal expertise of a solicitor.  In a recent press release, the Law Society quotes research from the Financial Services Authority which revealed that personal injury claimants who turned down an insurer’s initial offer and took legal advice from a solicitor received, on average, almost three times more compensation.  The Law Society’s release goes on to say that pursuing a claim with a solicitor will mean you will get what you are genuinely entitled to.

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29/07/2013 No Comments

Mr Rod Irvine, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at South London Healthcare NHS Trust: latest info for patients

By Simon Wilson, senior solicitor and medical negligence at Neil Hudgell Solicitors.

I have just been informed of this news release from the South London Healthcare NHS Trust regarding patients of Mr Rod Irvine, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.

The release, available here http://www.slh.nhs.uk/?section=news&article=208 advises patients of Mr Irvine, who may have concerns about their treatment, to call an information line: 0800 44 5272.

In addition, the South London Healthcare NHS Trust is also sending letters to around 2000 women who have had operations or other planned theatre procedures undertaken by Mr Irvine.  Many of the procedures took place at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup as well as Bromley’s Princess Royal Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and a number of private clinics.

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12/07/2013 No Comments

Some personal injury solicitors might start charging but not Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Simon Wilson at Hudgell Solicitors

…we’re continuing to guarantee a quality, no win no fee service to clients.

There’s a lot of change going on in the legal profession at the moment.  New laws,  part of the so-called Jackson Reforms, affect how much of their costs a client can claim back from the other side and, consequently, whether or not a client can expect to keep all damages recovered on their behalf.

Most law firms are now looking at making a claimant pay them a percentage of any damages won to cover legal services and fees.

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18/04/2013 No Comments

Claiming compensation for personal injury or medical negligence? The 5 essential questions you need to ask your lawyer

By Sean Gordon, Senior Solicitor, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Recent changes in the law* have affected the way that compensation claims operate for personal injury and medical negligence claims, particularly for those up to £25,000.

The changes mainly affect how much of their costs a client can claim back from the other side and, consequently, whether or not a client can expect to keep 100% of any damages recovered on their behalf.

Instead of keeping 100% of any damages won, a claimant may have to pay a percentage to their lawyer.  To avoid this and to ensure there are no deductions from any compensation, and you keep 100% of any damages you win, there are five essential questions to ask a lawyer before you agree to let him or her handle your claim.

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15/04/2013 1 Comment

Looking after our aging population: why we need to raise awareness of care home neglect and its tell-tale signs

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The UK population is aging.  As a result most of us will at some point have dealings with care homes, whether receiving care ourselves or taking the difficult decision to place a much-loved relative in a home.  People are moved to care homes because they are unable to look after themselves.  Most care home residents require 24 hour care so belong to one of the most vulnerable groups in our society.

However, in some cases residents do not receive the care that they deserve.  Luckily, through the campaigning of public figures such as Fiona Phillips, this is becoming more recognised.

Neil Hudgell Solicitors are increasingly being instructed to pursue claims against care homes, and themes are emerging.

It seems to be accepted that elderly people who are immobile will develop pressure ulcers.  This should not be the case.  With advances in technology and simple measures, such as regular repositioning, 95 % of pressure ulcers are avoidable.  Therefore, in the vast majority of cases, they are the result of negligent care.

The healing of these sores and other wounds can be delayed by malnutrition and dehydration, conditions which can also lead to other health problems.  One of the main complaints is that carers do not assist their patients to eat and drink.  For example, it is not uncommon to hear of carers placing meals out of reach of immobile patients.

This has also been a complaint when it comes to dispensing medication.  The tablets may be dispensed and placed in front of the patient, but no assistance is given to the patient to actually take the tablets.  Medication is not prescribed if it is not necessary, and if the patient is not given their medication over a period of time it can result in deteriorating health.  This can have devastating effects.

One of the most distressing things a relative can witness is to see the patient with bruises.  Bruising can be the result of poor moving and handling, or something more sinister.  As one of the more visual effects of poor or even abusive handling, bruising can be most difficult to bear for relatives.

Conversely, the least visual abuse can take the form of carers shouting and threatening their patients.  Often, this is only picked up because relatives notice that the patient has become frightened.  The concerns may not be acted on immediately, particularly if the patient has dementia or a similar illness as they may be judged as being delusional.

There are very many good care homes.  However, it must be recognised that often staff are poorly trained and supervised.  As a result bad practice can become common.  To improve care in the UK the profile of cases of neglect needs to be raised to force change to those practices.

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28/08/2012 No Comments

Good eggs

You have probably seen the story of Joanne Roche on our website? Jo is one of our previous clients and features in our marketing campaigns.  You may have asked yourself why she does it?

Do we pay her? No.

Is there anything in it for her? Again, no.

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02/08/2012 No Comments

The Tooth, the whole Tooth and nothing but the Tooth

Dentist's Light | Choosing a Dentist | Hudgell Solicitors

We come across many instances of clients who have had a tooth extracted by their dentist, and later learned that the tooth could have been saved by root canal treatment. Usually root canal treatment has not been offered or the NHS patient has been advised that the treatment is only available privately, some times at a cost of up to £850 when root canal treatment is available through the NHS at a cost of £48. In these circumstances a perfectly restorable tooth can be lost as the patient is unable to afford the private treatment costs.

Research out today suggests that dentists are forcing 500,000 patients a year to pay for expensive private treatments by failing to tell them they are available on the NHS, according to an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18233619).

The OFT found that patients are routinely being told to pay private costs for treatment such as crowns, root canal treatment and bridges. They  warn that in some cases the high cost of private treatment is preventing patients from seeking the treatment they require.

The report says: “Despite OFT’s estimate that there are as many as 500,000 instances of patients being given inaccurate information by their dentists regarding their entitlement to receive a particular course of dental treatment on the NHS, the GDC (General Dental Council) appears to have a notable and concerning low enforcement track record of pursuing instances of breaches, and so deterring future misconduct.”

John Fingleton, chief executive of the Office of Fair Trading said: “We unearthed evidence that some patients may be receiving deliberately inaccurate information about their entitlement to NHS dental treatment, and we expect to see robust action taken against such potential misconduct by dentists.”

“The impression we have is that, because the focus has been on other aspects of the health and social care system, dentists have been able to get away with unacceptable practice.

Given our experience this report comes as no great surprise. Our medical negligence solicitors can provide free legal advice and advise you on your compensation claim on a no win no fee basis so give us a call if you think we can help you.

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29/05/2012 No Comments

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