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Medical negligence no-fault compensation scheme considered for England

The NHS Litigation Reform report, published by The Westminster Health and Social Care Committee earlier this year, suggested implementing a no-fault medical negligence compensation scheme in England.

The purpose of no-fault compensation schemes is that there is no requirement for negligence to be proven before compensation is paid out for injuries. The cause of the negligence must still be put forward, although proving individual fault is not required.

This type of model had previously been considered in Scotland - firstly in 2009, and then again in 2011 when a "no-blame" compensation scheme based on the Swedish model was discussed. It was proposed that compensation (up to the value of £100,000) for harm that could have been avoided due to medical treatment would be allowed, however, treatment received from independent contractors such as private hospitals, GPs, dentists, pharmacists etc would not be allowed within this proposed scheme.

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£290,000 paid out by Nottingham University Hospitals due to negligence resulting in stillbirths

A Freedom of Information request (FOI) showed that between the years of 2010 and 2020, the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust settled 10 stillbirth clinical negligence claims. Around 2,500 babies are stillborn every year, with 75 of those said to be attributed to clinical negligence. An average of £29,000 was paid out per case, as well as £286,000 in legal fees overall. Data also discovered that Trusts across the country are paying £29.8 milllion in damages and £34.8 million in legal fees over 758 medical negligence cases.

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New Guide on Accident at Work Claims in Scotland Published

If you have suffered an accident at work, you could be entitled to compensation. Our expert accident at work claims lawyers have published a new guide here, where we set out the basics of making a claim for an accident at work. If you think that you have a claim, or if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our team. You can call us on 01312255214 or complete our online enquiry form, and we will get back to you without delay.

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FAQs on Virtual Personal Injury Hearings

In response to the safety and practical challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court (ASSPIC), as well as the Court of Session and Sheriff Appeal Court, are conducting hearings virtually where possible – and it is likely digital ways of working, to some extent, are here to stay.

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Making a personal injury claim during the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on many areas of our lives. In the world of personal injury claims, the restrictions on travel and face-to-face meetings, and the pause on court operations, has led to delays and a backlog of hearings.

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