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  1. fatal negligence compensation
    Claiming compensation for fatal negligence – by Richard Blair of WBW Solicitors

    It is always worrying if a loved one has to go into hospital to receive medical treatment or to undergo surgery. Happily, the vast majority of patients receive the standard of treatment they are entitled to expect. Occasionally however, medical accidents occur. Very rarely a patient dies as a result of mistakes made by medical…

  2. Drunk Driver
    Claiming compensation if you are hit by a drunk driver – by Andrew Wendon of WBW Solicitors

    More than 9,000 people are killed or injured on Britain’s roads every year according to the latest Department for Transport statistics – with 620 accidents involving drink-drivers reported in South West England alone. Driving while over the legal alcohol limit, currently 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath in England, Wales and Northern…

  3. Farming accident
    Farming machinery related injuries: claiming compensation – by Martin White of WBW Solicitors

    Agriculture is a notoriously dangerous industry, with 33 people killed in the sector in the UK in 2017-18 – 18 times higher than the all-industry fatal injury rate. There are several possible hazards inherently involved in the farming process – not least, machinery. Only last autumn, a 20-year-old woman died in Devon after her hair…

  4. Instruments ENT doctor close-up
    Ear, Nose and Throat Compensation Claims – by Richard Blair of WBW Solicitors

    Ear, nose and throat surgery covers a wide range of procedures by specialist surgeons including ENT and otolaryngologists. The overwhelming majority of these procedures are conducted correctly and without complication. Nevertheless, from time to time, medical mistakes and accidents do happen. When they do the consequences for the patient can be devastating.  If you are…

  5. Claiming compensation for misdiagnosed cancer – by Jane Couch of WBW Solicitors

    A diagnosis of cancer is devastating enough for both you and your family, but it is even worse if your prognosis is affected because the cancer was misdiagnosed or improperly treated by your GP or oncologist. Jane Couch, a Partner  in the Clinical Negligence department in Newton Abbot, explains how such mistakes can occur and…

  6. Clinical negligence resulting in the amputation of limbs

    Generally, doctors do an excellent job in treating patient’s admitted to Hospital. On – happily – very rare occasions, negligent medical treatment can lead to the amputation of a patient’s limb or limbs with devastating consequences for their private and working life. Richard Blair, Partner and Member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel at…

  7. Has a trip to A&E left you in more pain than before?

    There were 23.4 million attendances recorded at Accident and Emergency (A&E) in England during 2016-17 according to NHS Digital figures. Clearly, that’s a lot of work for our hard-working, dedicated NHS staff. In general, these highly trained healthcare professionals do a commendable job, diagnosing and treating the medical problems which affect the millions of people…

  8. Duty of Candour

    The 1st April 2015 saw the introduction of the new statutory duty of candour. Its aim was to ensure that patients receive accurate, truthful information from their health care providers. Health and wellbeing are easily the most important element of any individual’s life. So when we become ill, it is a very stressful and difficult…

  9. The Pressure of Christmas on the Health Service

    The festive season has come and gone and left most of us a little lighter in our bank accounts and a little more over-weight than usual. Food and family are the two main components which make up this wonderful time, and while I hope that you survived the food overload and family games which inevitably…

  10. Secondary victims are still victims and can claim

    Clinical Negligence is often only associated with the direct victim who suffered the negligence first hand, however, it is important that due consideration be granted to secondary victims. A secondary victim is someone caught up in the scene of an accident, who then went on to suffer recognised psychiatric illnesses as a result of the…

  11. It costs nothing to talk

    Dealing with any health related issues or treatments can be extremely complex, scary and confusing at times – this is where we lean most on the professionals and their services to help us through this often difficult time. But if medical treatment falls below the standards you expect this can leave you in a vulnerable…

  12. Diagnosis via your smartphone

    mHealth – diagnosis via your smartphone sounds great but if something goes wrong who is at fault? We have recently been reading with interest EU and UK development in the field of medical apps (mHealth) to help with patient care and monitoring.  The emergence of this technology is advancing rapidly and there are currently 97,000…

  13. Complain or Claim?

    At WBW we handle a lot of enquiries regarding medical issues which have affected our clients.  These range from receiving poor or inadequate service to fundamental negligence cases where a claim needs to be perused.  There is a big difference between the two and although we understand how frustrating it can be to have received…