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Life and love after serious injury

20th June 2013

Fletchers Solicitors recognise that serious injury brings a host of challenges, both for the individual affected and for their family and friends. From physical recovery and ongoing rehabilitation to the onslaught of medical bills, often at a time where capacity to work is harmed, it can be difficult to see beyond the negative.

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Is it ethical to sue the NHS?

14th June 2013

We have a health service we should all be proud of. Or do we? Lately, it seems every day a new scandal emerges, and more failings are discovered. So what should we do about that?

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Serious injury or medical negligence – what’s your claim?

12th June 2013

Defining your experience of serious injury and medical negligence can be a starting point for real recovery. At Fletchers Solicitors, we work closely with victims of both serious injury and medical negligence, as well as their families, to determine what has gone wrong and to ensure necessary action is taken to prevent future mistakes.

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What would a patient change about the NHS?

5th June 2013

Our last blog looked at what a medical negligence professional might change about the NHS. Putting things into a legal context like this can aid understanding for the person who has suffered likely medical negligence. But what about understanding the patient’s perspective?

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What would a medical negligence professional change about the NHS?

31st May 2013

Each month, Fletchers Solicitors receives hundreds of enquiries from people concerned about the treatment they have received under the NHS. While the service has seen heightened media attention in the wake of the Francis report and the recent introduction of a Duty of Candour, the overarching concern among medical negligence professionals remains; that despite public reproach, the NHS will continue to make mistakes that put patients at risk of harm.

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Five ways the NHS can reduce its legal bills

24th May 2013

Back in 2009/10 the NHS determined that claims of negligence against it would cost œ15.7billion in coming years. That estimate rose to œ17.5billion in 2010/11, and continues to increase. If we are serious about reducing the public cost of medical negligence litigation against the NHS, there are practical steps to be explored.

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A patient’s-eye view of a medical negligence claim

10th May 2013

If you’ve ever been a hospital patient, or supported someone through their treatment and care, you’ll know what a trying time this can be. Add to that the experience of suspected medical negligence and it is little wonder you may be feeling overwhelmed.

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What to do if you suspect medical negligence

25th April 2013

When you’re treated by a healthcare professional, whether it’s a doctor or a surgeon, a dentist, a pharmacist or a care home attendant, they are bound by law to attend to your needs to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately though, that’s not always the case and there are instances where people suffer from negligence at the hands of the medical profession.

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Well policed statutory duty of hospitals to report negligent staff to regulators would save lives

15th April 2013

Yesterday I was delighted to be asked to contribute a BBC Radio 5 Live show, 5 Live investigates with Adrian Goldberg, with Ann Alexander reporting. In brief, the programme asked whether patient safety is being put at risk because NHS Trusts are not sharing information about doctors who are delivering inadequate standards of care. My answer to that question is “yes, undoubtedly”.

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4 Key Considerations for a Misdiagnosis Claim

26th March 2013

Medical misdiagnosis represents a serious breach of a patient’s duty of care. If you have experienced misdiagnosis first-hand or have supported someone through the after effects of a wrongful diagnosis, you understand the sense of despair at trust misplaced, even in cases where health is restored.

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Fletchers Solicitors – Our Medical Negligence Charter

26th March 2013

Medical negligence is a breach of duty of care by healthcare professionals. Sometimes a ‘sorry’ will suffice, but for other times, it just doesn’t cut it. On occasions when a life has been changed forever because someone didn’t do their job properly, a medical negligence lawyer will step in.

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