1. Opinion Piece – Watford Case – Boy, 6, awarded record £37m in NHS compensation after ‘catastrophic’ brain damage

    On 8th October the Daily Telegraph reported that a six-year old boy treated at a Hospital in Watford had made a successful clinical negligence claim directed to a Hertfordshire NHS Trust and been awarded £37 million in compensation. Full news story – https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/08/boy-6-awarded-record-37m-nhs-compensation-catastrophic-brain. This is a record sum for a claim of this kind and…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. How to make a claim for clinical negligence

    For the vast majority of people, visiting the doctor, getting hospital treatment or having an operation has a positive effect on their health.However, it’s a fact of life that mistakes are made. And often, these mistakes lead to further injuries, health damage and, in some cases, life-changing injuries or conditions. Clinical negligence can leave you…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. What do lawyers mean by “Clinical negligence” and what does it mean for you?

    Clinical negligence (also known as “medical negligence”) is a legal term referring to the process of claiming financial compensation for physical or mental injuries or negligent mistakes on the part of a medical professional neglect or as a result of lack of proper care. If you, a member of your family or someone you are responsible for, suffer…

  12. Are standards falling or are we becoming more demanding of our healthcare?

    The NHS is a well loved and supported organisation throughout the UK.  A recent survey conducted by The Observer on the cultural, social and political beliefs of Britons in 2015 states that 65% of us have a high trust in the NHS. The NHS does a fantastic job as do many other medical and health…