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23rd August 2019
In 1944 a spinal injury centre dedicated solely to the treatment of severely disabled people was opened by the Ministry of Health at the former Ministry of Pensions Hospital, now the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, under the direction of Dr Ludwig Guttmann - it was the first time systematic treatment and rehabilitation was planned and put into place. Before the new methods of treatment were put…
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15th August 2019
Many of us know that, if we have an accident in the UK that to some extent was the fault of another driver, we may be able to make a claim against the insurer of that vehicle or driver. But what is the current process for making such a claim if we have an accident abroad, and will that change if we leave the EU…
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12th July 2019
Earlier this year I read a troubling article in the Law Society Gazette stating one in 15 junior lawyers had suicidal thoughts. This struck me as worrying, especially when coupled with recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics indicating work-related stress was the leading cause of work-related ill health in 2018. With more than 15.4 million working days lost and one in 15 junior lawyers…
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10th June 2019
An amputee faces many challenges. The loss of a limb can be devastating and will affect all aspects of an individual’s life. The most obvious impact is on their physical life, however losing a limb will also have a psychological and emotional effect, as well as making a real difference to a patient’s social life and surroundings. Anyone undergoing an amputation will not only need…
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07th May 2019
Doctors themselves commonly refer to pain being whatever their patient says it is, showing just how subjective ‘pain’ can be. The matter is further complicated when it comes to considering the causes of pain, which themselves are often as multifaceted as the pain itself. Medical parlance splits ‘pain’ into two headings: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is described as pain lasting no longer…
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26th April 2019
Vicarious liability is the legal obligation on an employer to be responsible for the negligence or other misdeed of an employee if that action occurred during the course of the employee’s work or was sufficiently linked to it. The UK’s law courts have regularly reviewed the boundaries of vicarious liability and it can be useful to consider a recent High Court case relating to an…
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11th April 2019
I suspect I am not alone in acknowledging that the issue of mental capacity can be devilishly challenging. However, I am strongly of the opinion that all professionals working in the field of capacity carry a grave responsibility, in the interests of justice and of human rights, when seeking to protect some of the most vulnerable in our society. In this article, I will seek…
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29th March 2019
Neurological rehabilitation therapy – neurorehabilitation – teaches or re-trains patients how to recover or improve their communication skills and mobility, as well as other aspects of their daily lives. The main aim of such therapy is to get patients’ skills working at the highest possible level as a step towards adopting a positive mood and rebuilding their self-esteem. Neurological rehabilitation can offer all patients great…
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22nd March 2019
A recent survey revealed tailgating, the practice of driving too close to the vehicle in front, as the UK’s most loathed driving habit. Amongst the 1,000 people surveyed, tailgating finished ahead of not indicating, leaving full-beam headlights on at night, and cutting in. Interestingly, middle-lane hogging and drivers who refuse to let a vehicle pull out were further down the bad-habit list. While these practices…
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08th March 2019
Now that the Automated and Electric Vehicles (AEV) Act is enshrined in law, will the government deliver ‘automatic’ compensation for injured victims of driverless cars? According to recent media reports, fully driverless cars are expected to take part in advanced trials on Britain’s roads by the end of 2019 under government plans to scrap a previous requirement for a dedicated safety driver. Recently there have…
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