JMW & support service contribute to national spinal cord injury inquiry  

30 October 2014

Specialists in spinal injury medical negligence at JMW have worked in partnership with support services to contribute to a national inquiry into standards of care for spinal cord injured people. 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Spinal Cord Injury is investigating issues faced by people affected by spinal cord injury (SCI), particularly relating to medical treatment, care, support and developments in treatment, as well as social care and wider issues. 

JMW has submitted evidence to the inquiry in partnership with the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association (CESA), a social enterprise established with JMW’s backing that exists to support people living with serious spinal injury Cauda Equina Syndrome. 

All evidence has been collated by the Spinal Injuries Association, a leading national charity that JMW also has strong links with. 

Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW and a solicitor specialising in spinal injuries, said that the investigation by the APPG on Spinal Cord Injury was vital if standards or care were to be raised and shortcomings in existing services were to be addressed.

Mr Jones commented: “As specialists in this field of law we regularly help people who have been appalling injured due to mistakes made by the medical profession. Often lives are devastated and patients find themselves in a position whereby they are severely disabled and unable to work or function on the level they did previously. 

“In this situation their continuing care is essential but unfortunately gaps exist in current provision that can make accessing much needed services difficult. This can compound an already very distressing situation for patients, who may still be coming to terms with their life-changing injury.

“We welcome this inquiry and hope that by working with the Cauda Equina Syndrome to provide evidence to this investigation we can help to address that situation.”

Claire Thornber, founder of the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association and one of Eddie’s clients, commented: “The evidence submitted from one of our CESA service users pointed to a lack of ownership by healthcare professionals for her continuing care and battles to access services. In addition GPs knowledge of wheelchair accessibility was called into question, which is worrying as GPs act as the gateway to the wider NHS for patients. 

“I would like to see people living with Cauda Equina Syndrome and other SCIs, to be able to obtain the help they need, when they need it and for there to be somebody to take responsibility for ensuring that happens.” 

The APPG on Spinal Cord Injury was launched in the Houses of Parliament in April 2008. For more information visit the Spinal Injuries Association website here

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For more information or to arrange an interview:

Kelly Hindle

D. 0161 828 1868 E. Kelly.hindle@jmw.co.uk 

Note to Editors

JMW Solicitors LLP is a leading Manchester law firm and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.JMW’s Clinical Negligence team is headed up by leading lawyer, Eddie Jones. For more than a decade he and his team have advised and represented thousands of victims of clinical negligence, and their relatives, and have obtained over £100 million in compensation for their clients, as well as providing the answers as to why their medical treatment has gone wrong.



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