When cancer is diagnosed too late

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When cancer is diagnosed too late, the impact for the patient can be absolutely devastating. That’s why it’s important for us to address this topic as specialist medical negligence lawyers.

The chances of surviving cancer, in many cases, can be hugely increased by being diagnosed and treated early. If there are any delays in the process, this could be the difference between life and death, and it’s shortages in skilled staff that can lead to this happening. There also needs to be a clear plan for the future, where population numbers will increase, and services need to expand to meet the greater demand.

Patients who are affected by late diagnosis or late treatment issues can be entitled to some form of justice by making a claim for personal injury compensation.

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Pelvic mesh compensation claims advice

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We offer advice and representation for women who need to make a pelvic mesh compensation claim, and we can offer No Win, No Fee arrangements as well.

We’re currently helping several women who have signed-up for legal cases with us, and we have been helping people for these matters over many years. In Australia, a recent court victory was welcome news, and we have seen several settled actions in the US as well.  In the UK, there hasn’t been a successful group action as of yet (as far as we know), but we’re pursuing individual claims which can settle.

Whether your claim is against a manufacturer, surgeon or a hospital in general, we can help.

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Compensation for waiting for A&E care

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You may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation if you have suffered as a result of waiting for A&E care.

As we often say when it comes to these kinds of legal cases, whether there’s a claim to settle or not is simply a matter of the details which we look at on a case-by-case basis. Some delays cannot be avoided, and some delays don’t cause any kind of suffering at all or may only cause minimal suffering.

As specialist medical negligence lawyers, we can offer our advice and a claims assessment on a completely free and no-obligation basis.

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Compensation for waiting for an ambulance

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It’s possible to be able to make a claim for medical negligence compensation that arises from waiting for an ambulance where this has led to suffering and loss.

This is an important topic to cover, especially when we’re facing longer waits across the NHS in general. Although needing to wait for emergency transport in itself doesn’t mean you’re entitled to receive compensation, there are times when a case can be made. In such times, a case may be vital as some form of justice for the patient, especially when severe injury and losses have occurred.

We may be able to offer No Win, No Fee representation for cases of this nature. Patients must be allowed some form of justice for what they have to go through.

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NHS bed shortages and compensation

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At this time of the year, we do need to discuss the issues surrounding bed shortages and compensation within the NHS.

We always seem to be set for “one of the coldest winters on record”, but whether that’s true or not, this is the time of the year when demand for the NHS usually rises. With the increased demand comes the issue of shortages across the board. When it comes to beds, this can be problematic in some cases.

We expect some delays when demand is higher, but that doesn’t mean patients should suffer anything that can be serious. If that happens, that’s when we may need to assess the situation to see what can be done about it.

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Vaginal mesh court case in Australia

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We were pleased with the news about the Australian vaginal mesh court case victory, given that we represent many victims here in the UK.

We know about the serious complications and injuries that women can suffer from when their mesh device goes wrong. We have been representing people for medical negligence compensation claims arising from vaginal mesh for years, and we know that there are thousands of women worldwide who are suffering.

News of this key victory was welcome, although the fight still goes on for many women around the world. This includes those we’re representing here in England and Wales.

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Long hospital waiting times

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In the winter months, there are always concerns over long hospital waiting times which can stem from shortages of beds and staff.

There’s usually an increase in the number of people who require care in colder months which is why the shortages can occur. Although some patients can wait for longer when it comes to non-urgent matters, the worry is when something more urgent is missed.

In some cases, a delayed diagnosis or delayed treatment can lead to complications. It’s these cases where this isn’t identified that can cause problems and lead to cases of negligence against the NHS.

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Victims and families first in Shrewsbury and Telford maternity scandal

The focus of the inquiry into the recently unveiled Shrewsbury and Telford maternity scandal must ensure that the victims and their families are put first.

These are matters that have left permanent emotional scars on people’s lives, and the NHS must ensure that there is never a repeat of this kind of scandal ever again.  Nothing can ever be done to undo what has happened, and people who should have been experiencing one of the happiest times of their lives have instead been left with permanent heartbreak.

Some form of justice must be achieved so there can be a form of closure for those affected, and changes must be made to ensure this never happens again.

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A&E negligence solicitors’ advice

If you need our specialist advice as expert medical negligence solicitors when it comes to matters of A&E negligence, we can help you.

Winter is here, and we are potentially facing a rather cold one. The extra strain that the NHS will face is likely on its way if it’s not already here, and we may see bed shortages and longer waits in A&E. Whilst we know that it’s for the government to ensure that we have a fully functioning and properly funded healthcare service, patients cannot be allowed to suffer in silence.

When patients do suffer, lives can be turned upside down. And that’s where we come in.

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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust scandal advice

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What is being called the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history” involving the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SATH) has hit the headlines this week.

We’re shocked and appalled by what we have seen, which appears to be a period of 40 years of negligent care and treatment that may involve as many as 600 cases of medical negligence. Leaked reports appear to have singled out at least 42 infant deaths and the deaths of three mothers, as well as outlining more than 50 cases of children being left with brain damage.

It appears that there has been substandard care across the board which may have resulted in dozens of deaths and cases of children being left with permanent and catastrophic injuries.

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Cosmetic surgery compensation claims

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We represent victims for cosmetic surgery compensation claims, as they usually fall within the scope of the medical negligence work that we carry out.

And with cosmetic procedures growing in popularity in recent years, we have seen an increase in the numbers of claims for personal injury compensation that we’ve taken forward.

What may be understood to be a simple and straightforward procedure could leave a victim needing months – or even years – of corrective work. This can cost thousands of pounds and leave patients suffering with serious pain, suffering and loss of amenity, and this is something that we can help people with.

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Cancelled NHS appointments and medical negligence compensation

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In some circumstances, cancelled NHS appointments can be unavoidable. But with reports of increasing numbers of delays and problems, we need to look at patient safety.

And we also need to look at when cancellations lead to patient suffering, and whether a victim can be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.

It’s understood that there are increasing numbers of appointments being cancelled, and some are being cancelled more than once. There have been reports of some patients facing 10 cancellations in a row, which is staggering. With this problem seemingly on the rise, what can patients do?

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