News

  • NHS Resolution Annual Report – costs of clinical negligence claims down for 2019/20 October 2, 2020 Posted in: News, Views - NHS Resolution, the body responsible for managing claims on behalf of hospital Trusts and now GP practices, released their Annual Report in July for the period 2019/20.  The figures have not been widely reported so despite what we are often told by the press, you may be interested to learn that the total cost of… Continue Reading
  • Success Rates when you sue the NHS – 2020 update October 2, 2020 Posted in: News, Views - The latest NHS Annual Report provides some interesting facts that don’t always make it into the mainstream media.  For example: The number of claims made in 2020 was just over 11,000 and virtually identical to the previous year and down from a high of 12,000 in 2013. About 60% of claims made result in the… Continue Reading
  • Progressing Claims in a time of Coronavirus July 1, 2020 Posted in: News - As lockdown begins to be lifted,  everyone wonders what will be the new “normal” and the same applies to the legal system and clinical negligence claims. We are pleased to say that it is now possible  for all procedural aspects of claim up to an including a Trial can be completed, but with some slight… Continue Reading
  • Second Opinions – how to get them June 1, 2020 Posted in: News, Views - A lot of what Doctors and lawyers tell you is their opinion and not necessarily factual.  As professionals we need to exercise our judgment based on our experience.  Often what we say is not what you want to hear, but it is our job to tell it as we see it. So, for example your… Continue Reading
  • Hospital tells unsuspecting parents we may have caused brain damage to your baby during birth! May 7, 2020 Posted in: News, Views - Since 1 April 2017 all NHS Trusts have been required to report to NHS Resolution, the body which has responsibility for managing clinical negligence claims against Trusts, of any incidents of babies born at term (from 37 weeks) with a potentially severe brain injury diagnosed in the first 7 days of life following labour.  These… Continue Reading
  • Coronavirus – Are you still open and what happens to my claim? April 2, 2020 Posted in: News - Is your office still open? This is a strange and unusual time in our Country’s history. Here at Armstrong Foulkes we are committed to our clients but we also value the health and safety of our staff. We have therefore made some changes to the everyday running of our office during the current Coronavirus [COVID-19]… Continue Reading
  • Delay in diagnosis of Lung Cancer – Judge in High Court Trial found in Claimant’s favour April 2, 2020 Posted in: Case studies, News, Views - Whilst many clinical negligence claims are defended, very few go all the way to trial for a Judge to determine the outcome.   This is because a claim has to go through many stages before trial, all of which are aimed at narrowing the issues between the parties and encouraging settlement. In February, one of our… Continue Reading
  • Coronavirus [COVID 19] & Appointments March 3, 2020 Posted in: News - We recognise that many of our clients instruct us and use our services when they are recovering from illness or injury or are perhaps living with compromised health and immune system. Although we wish to reassure all of our clients of the hygiene and health in our firm as the news of the spread of… Continue Reading
  • Claims data from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust February 4, 2020 Posted in: News, Views - Our latest FOI request reveals some interesting information: The Trust received 173 requests for medical records from solicitors in the year ending 5 April 2019. This is up 60% on the previous year. They received 83 formal letters of claim, up 36% on the previous year. I suspect that the increase is probably down to… Continue Reading
  • Kathryn Watson promoted to Partner! February 4, 2020 Posted in: News - We are delighted to confirm that on 01/10/2019 Kathryn Watson became a Partner here at Armstrong Foulkes LLP. Kathryn started here as a Trainee Solicitor working her way up to Associate and now to Partner. As a Partner she will share in all decisions made regarding the firm. We congratulate her on this well-deserved achievement… Continue Reading