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Medical Negligence: News
Our medical negligence solicitors are highly respected and have helped thousands of clients to claim compensation. Read about recent cases we have handled in the press releases below.
An investigation by JMW's specialist birth and brain injury team has revealed that more than 1,200 children have been left with life-changing brain damage after alleged failures in England's maternity services. Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request have laid bare the emotional and financial toll of poor maternity care that results in often catastrophic injuries such as cerebral palsy.
An investigation by JMW has revealed that the number of people having to undergo a limb amputation due to NHS errors has risen by 75% in the last 10 years. Read our press release for the full story.
Melissa Gardner, a partner specialising in cerebral palsy caused by medical errors, has helped a boy with severe lifelong disabilities due to poor care as a newborn to secure £13 million in compensation. The money will enable him to access the 24-hour care he will require for the rest of his life and to move into an adapted house.
54% of UK healthcare professionals say factors other than patients’ best interests influence their medical decision-making
Staffing levels, availability of services, equipment and beds are top drivers of medical decisions
A coroner has ruled that a baby boy's death at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, was contributed to by neglect due to the appalling failures during his birth, including a severe midwife shortage. Kimberley Peet, a specialist clinical negligence solicitor at JMW, acts for Sparsh Deshmukh's parents.
Darlington mother left disabled by spinal condition speaks out to raise awareness ahead of national Cauda Equina Day
JMW client Claire Rawlings had her life devastated by cauda equina syndrome and is sharing her story head of national Cauda Equina Day on Thursday to raise awareness of the spinal condition and its red flag signs. Claire is being helped to challenge failures in her care by Eddie Jones, a specialist cauda equina solicitor and head of clinical negligence at JMW.
The parents of Eleanor Baines, a twin baby who tragically died after appalling failures at Wythenshawe Hospital, have bravely shared their story to try and improve patient safety for other families. The hospital trust has formally apologised to Nicky and Colin Baines after a case was brought on their behalf by Jodie Miller, a specialist clinical negligence solicitor at JMW.
Nicola Wainwright has joined the clinical negligence team at JMW Solicitors as its first partner based in the firm’s newly-established London office. Nicola joins from Leigh Day, where she was a partner for 14 years and is the seventh senior hire for JMW’s London office this year.
Hospital trust admits appalling treatment of boy left with life-changing injuries after dismissing severe infection as ‘just a virus’
Harley Holt was just two when he was sent away from hospital twice despite needing antibiotics for a serious infection. Basic errors were made by doctors which meant he was misdiagnosed with a harmless childhood virus. Harley almost died and was left with life-changing injuries. His case against the hospital trust has recently been won by JMW clinical negligence partner Sally Leonards.
A teenage girl who suffered a severe brain injury at birth due to appalling maternity failure that caused her to be starved of oxygen has been awarded a £12 million care package.
A seven-year-old girl who suffered catastrophic brain damage after a catalogue of failings at a Reading hospital is set to receive a multi-million pound care package following court approval today of an agreement reached between legal teams.
The daughter of a ‘lovely, patient and kind’ catering assistant who died following appalling failures at the hospital where she had worked for 25 years, says no amount of money could ever make up for the premature death of her mother after being awarded a five figure compensation settlement.
Boy awarded £26 million for lifelong care after catalogue of maternity failures cause severe brain damage
Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW Solicitors, has secured £26 million in compensation for a boy who suffered severe brain damage due to a catalogue of errors at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London during his birth. .
Nicholas Young, a specialist medical negligence solicitor at JMW, is representing Roger Kirman, a haemophiliac who was given the wrong blood clotting medication at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Roger, who was also a victim of the NHS infected blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s says the error has caused him mobility problems. The hospital trust has admitted the error following JMW's intervention but denies that it has caused Roger ongoing problems.
Sophie Fox, a specialist clinical negligence solicitor at JMW who has handled numerous stillbirth cases has welcomed the news today that coroners may be given new powers to investigate stillbirths and says it will help lessons to be learned where needed.
12 December 2018 Specialist solicitors at JMW have obtained more than £22 million in compensation for a girl who was left severely brain damaged by maternity failures. This press release has the details
Investigation launched after cleaning detergent accidentally used on grandfather’s lungs in Salford Royal Hospital’s critical care unit
The family of a grandfather who had his lungs accidentally washed out with cleaning detergent due to an error by healthcare assistant, who had not received formal training in the procedure, said lessons have to be learned as an investigation into his death was launched by lawyers.
A girl with severe cerebral palsy due to mistakes made during her birth has been awarded an £18 million compensation settlement following a successful case by Eddie Jones, a specialist in brain injury cases at JMW.
A nine-year-old boy, who was left with cerebral palsy, blindness and an inability to speak following a failure to diagnose his jaundice in his new born period, has secured a settlement of over £5 million.
A nine-year-old boy, who suffered severe brain injuries following a failure to diagnose and treat his jaundice in the new born period, has secured over £18 million in compensation.
A new survey of 736 people has revealed a lack of understanding surrounding cerebral palsy in the UK.
Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW urges new Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to prioritise improving patient safety in Manchester's healthcare system.
Amateur boxer Stacey Copeland, who won a silver medal at the European Championships in 2014, was denied the chance of fighting for gold after a routine knee operation went wrong and she suffered a serious burn. JMW medical negligence solicitor Katie Nolan is helping her to challenge the poor care she faced.
Sophie Fox, a specialist medical negligence solicitor at JMW, is representing a couple who have bravely shared their stillbirth story to raise awareness of the devastating impact the Group B Strep infection can have and give hope to others.
Olivia Scates, a medical negligence partner specialising in brain injury cases, has secured a £4.6 million care package for a boy who was left with very severe cerebral palsy after meningitis failures when he was a baby.
Steven Chiverton was left permanently disabled by cauda equina syndrome after urgent surgery was delayed. After intervention by JMW's Eddie Jones the hospital admitted wrongly sending him home without an MRI scan. This press release has the details.
Specialist birth injury solicitors at JMW have secured the future of a little girl left severely disabled after her spine was damaged during her birth.
An investigation by JMW has revealed the cost of cauda equina syndrome blunders to the NHS. JMW's spinal injury specialists are helping scores of patients nationwide to challenge the mistakes that have devastated their lives.
Ahead of a critical Care Quality Commission report expected tomorrow on the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Sally Leonards, a partner in JMW's medical negligence team discusses the failings. Sally's client Harley Holt almost died from sepsis aged two despite multiple attendances at the trust's hospitals.
The decision not to screen babies for their risk of developing a catastrophic type of brain damage called kernicterus has been met with dismay by specialist lawyers at JMW and families affected who they are helping. This press release has the details.
Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW, has secured an apology for Michelle Turner after hospital failures lead to her developing permanent cauda equina syndrome. Eddie will now negotiate a compensation settlement that will enable Michelle to cope with her disabilities.
Olivia Scates, a partner in JMW's medical negligence team, has secured a seven figure compensation settlement for Alfie Johnson after midwife failures left him severely disabled.
Bradley Albans, has received a care package estimated at over £6mil following sub-standard care when born.
Steven Brown is representing Julie and Paul Garner in their legal battle following Paul's stroke.
A woman whose life was devastated by spinal injury blunders has spoken of her relief that her battle with the NHS is over after being awarded £925,000 in compensation to help her to pick up the pieces.
Full service law firm JMW help secure £4.37 million payout for a woman who has been left with severe disabilities after appalling delays treating her spinal cord injury.
A Preston family are extremely relieved that their long battle to secure compensation for their severely disabled son has finally come to an end after the High Court in London today approved the terms of a compensation settlement worth £3.9 million.
Grandfather died after hospital misdiagnosed life-threatening condition as muscle strain and sent him home
A grandmother has spoken of her devastation at the death of her husband after a hospital misdiagnosed a life-threatening condition as muscle strain and sent him home.
JMW Clinical Negligence partner, Olivia Scates acts for family in landmark case.
Lifelong care secured for brain damaged girl after £7M care package secured – second child in family to suffer brain damage as a result of negligence
Natasha Jackson, now 23, was left severely physically and mentally disabled after errors made by hospital staff during her mother’s pregnancy, Natasha’s delivery and in the first few days of her life starved her brain of oxygen leading to significant cerebral palsy.
JMW has secured a multi-million pound care package for an eight-year-old girl who has severe cerebral palsy due to mistakes made prior to her birth that starved her brain of oxygen.
JMW recently helped the family of a man with severe brain damage after a delay in diagnosis to secure almost £4 million in compensation to cover the cost of the 24-hour life-long care he needs. This press release has the details.
Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW, is representing a baby boy who suffered devastating and preventable brain damage after a catalogue of errors by midwives. Khan Gold's parents have called on the hospital responsible to ensure lessons are learned from his case.
Surgeons left a hypodermic needle in Jeanette Brazil's foot during surgery, an NHS never event which should not have happened if adequate preventative measures had been taken. Jeanette, who has cerebral palsy, said that the incident made coping with her disability more difficult and has called for lessons to be learned to protect other patients.
JMW, in partnership with the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association, has contributed to a national inquiry into care for spinal cord injured people.
John Buckley's heart stopped five times after doctors at Salford Royal Hospital failed to treat an infection in his hip for five days. JMW is negotiating a compensation settlement to provide John with the care he needs.
JMW has supported the family of a baby who died the day after being sent home from Milton Keynes Hospital through the inquest process.
JMW represented the family of Andrew Ross, a weight loss patient who died following a procedure to remove excess skin, at the inquest into his death. JMW has echoed the coroner's comment that the hospital's internal investigation procedures must improve.
The General Medical Council has announced plans for tougher action for doctors who injure patients. Olivia Scates, a partner in JMW's specialist medical negligence department, gives her expert reaction.
Antony Louca was left seriously unwell after his bile duct was cut during an operation to remove his gall bladder at a private hospital. JMW are investigating the care provided to him. On Wednesday he told his story to the BBC News in a piece about private hospital patient safety data.
The medical negligence department of JMW Solicitors has been announced as the official sponsor of Henshaws Society for Blind People's Bright for Sight campaign. This press release has the details.
JMW client Viv Reynolds has been left with terminal cervical cancer after appalling screening errors at a Cheshire hospital meant the disease went undetected for three years. The hospital trust has admitted the failures and apologised to Viv.
JMW recently represented the family of a vulnerable diabetic man at the inquest into his death. The coroner criticised aspects of his care and has sent concerns to the Department of Health.
Rob Law, 62, of Wirral Merseyside was given a cancerous kidney in a transplant operation. The NHS has awarded him a six figure compensation settlement to help him to rebuild his life.
Ayub Abdirazak suffered devastating brain damage after errors at a London hospital during his birth. After intervention from JMW the hospital trust admitted liability. This press release has the details.
A new study carried out by Manchester law firm JMW Solicitors has revealed that women are more likely to feel let down by the NHS than men. The study, commissioned by the law firm’s clinical negligence department, asked a sample of UK-based respondents from a variety of age and wage brackets to share their opinion on the NHS. The report can be found attached.
Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW, is representing young Bradley Albans, a child who suffered devastating brain damage due to failures in care.
JMW has discovered that more than £16 million in compensation has been paid to patients and families affected by avoidable bed sores in the last 10 years. Our press release has the details.
A family represented by JMW's Katie Nolan was left devastated after a pensioner died because of hospital food errors. The BBC covered the story.
JMW medical negligence solicitor Katie Nolan has represented the family of a pensioner who was killed by food errors at Salford Royal Hospital.Our press release has the details.
Mother Tammie O'Leary has asked JMW to investigate the care provided to her one-year-old son Jonjo after he suffered worrying injuries to his legs while in hospital. Our press release has the details.
An association has launched to help people with serious spinal injury cauda equina syndrome. Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW Solicitors, has been invited to its board. Our press release has the details.
A couple represented by JMW were left devastated by the stillbirth of their baby boy, which was caused by appalling errors by a maternity unit in Manchester. Our press release has the details.
JMW Solicitors are calling on the NHS to add a new never event to its list of serious but preventable patient safety incidents.
The parents of a baby boy who suffered severe brain damage after an unaccompanied student midwife made basic failures in care have called on a trust to put safeguards in place to ensure the same situation is never repeated. Read JMW client Vasili Kalisperas' story in our latest press release.
The medical negligence team at JMW recently raised £2,200 for a charity that helps disabled children. Find out how by reading our press release.
Ruth Stanton was just 30 when she was struck down by a stroke, which has left her unable to work, with difficulties reading and writing and with significant short-term memory problems. Her family believes that with better care from hospital doctors this could have been avoided. The JMW medical negligence team obtained Ruth a six figure compensation settlement to enable her family to cope with her permanent brain injury.
The negligence of doctors at a Bury hospital cost grandfather Malcolm Spencer his sight in one eye. He was represented by Angharad Hughes in a legal challenge and is now to receive compensation from the hospital trust.
Cyril Mundy, of Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, suffered a year of pain and anguish after a knee replacement. He was represented by JMW's Melissa Gardner. Here he tells his story.
JMW clinical negligence client Brian Dowsett, 75, lost a leg after Dr Hans Raj Yadav failed to diagnose a dangerous blood clot, despite there being glaring warning signs. After taking legal action with JMW, Dr Yadav admitted he acted negligently and a six figure compensation settlement was agreed to fund Brian's future care.
A man suffering from chronic kidney disease has won an admission of negligence from the NHS after they admitted a failure to communicate the possibility the transplant donor had lymphoma to his transplant team.
The latest additions to the medical negligence department include a nurse paralegal and a solicitor.
The High Court in London has today given its seal of approval for compensation amounting to £4.8 million to be paid to a JMW client left severely brain damaged due to medical blunders.
Coverage on BBC online for Sally Leonard's case of Adam Spinks, which settled for £3.35 million
JMW is acting for Jaudaan Bapu a five year old boy from Preston who suffered brain damage when a midwife failed to recognise he was suffering from jaundice as a baby.
Ann Alexander has been brought in by JMW to act as a PR and media consultant for its clinical negligence department.
A boy who suffered brain damage whilst being delivered at a birthing centre has been awarded £6.4m in damages.
The High Court in London will today be asked to approve a payment of £6.4 million to 8 year old Theo Kramer who was severely brain damaged during his birth at the Edgware Birth Centre in April 2002. The payment will be made by Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust on behalf of the Edgware Birth Centre.
Brian Dowsett lost his leg when doctors failed to diagnose a blood clot. He has recently appeared on BBC's Inside Out talking of the issues he faces.