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Thorneycroft News for June 2016

Hope for charities after Legacy case rules that costs are paid by contesting parties

29th June 2016

A recent High Court legacy case has ruled that a daughter, who wants to contest a Will left by her father, has to pay the legal costs. The High Court ruled that Ruth Simmonds must pay legal costs of £65,000 for making a passive defence claim contesting her father’s Will which left his estate to his former partner.

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Woman dies of malnutrition 7 years after unnecessary cancer operation

29th June 2016

A hospital has been criticised by a coroner after a 37 year old woman died after suffering complications from malnutrition. The problems all started when the woman went in to hospital with painful symptoms 8 years earlier and was diagnosed with cancer.

The cancer diagnosis meant that the woman had invasive surgery called a Whipple’s procedure whereby the surgeon removes the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, part of the duodenum (small intestine), a small portion of the stomach and the lymph nodes near the head of the pancreas.

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Citizens Advice Bureau receives 9% increase in complaints for poor dentistry

23rd June 2016

The charity, the CAB, which provides free advice for those who may not have access to legal counsel, has reported a rise in complaints about people having to payout to repair dental problems which came about after a dental procedure.

The CAB reports that they received approximately 4,000 calls from disgruntled patients in England and Wales who have had to pay large sums of money to rectify problems that they feel were caused by their dentist or dental practitioner both NHS and private.

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Multi-millionaire calls for time limit on divorce settlements

20th June 2016

An ex-wife who had been divorced for more than 20 years has successfully been awarded an £300,000. The self-made millionaire has called for changes to the law which currently has no time limit on reviewing divorce settlements, unlike civil courts which impose a six-year cut-off date for new lawsuits.
The couple were married in 1981 and at the time were travellers living on state benefits. They had a child together and then separated in 1984 and finally divorcing in 1992.

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Man receives £110k pay out after nearly losing his eye in workplace accident

17th June 2016

A 29 year old man was badly injured and hospitalised after a pressurised hose smashed into his face while he was testing it. The worker was a trainee engineer at a hydraulic equipment manufacturers when the accident happened leaving him 95% blind in one eye.

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Colchester General Hospital under fire for ‘never events’

17th June 2016

‘Never events’ are as they sound, events that should never happen. Hospitals have a duty to record any ‘never events’ that occur which can be events such as operating on the wrong part of the body and leaving foreign objects inside a body after surgery etc.

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The Melanoma Gala Dinner

17th June 2016

On the 25th June, The Melanoma Gala Dinner will be taking place and we are delighted to be sponsoring the event and help a cause which means a great deal to so many people.

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Man injured whilst working on Tube platform

17th June 2016

A contractor has been badly injured by machinery as he worked on a Tube station platform in the early hours on Saturday morning. He was carrying out improvement work at the time when a machine’s brakes appeared to fail, crushing the workers pelvis against platform.

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37% of sunbeds failed safety tests in Rochdale

17th June 2016

A County Council has had to issue further guidance to tanning salons, hairdressers and gyms after 16 sunbeds out of 47 failed safety standards according to the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010, which came into force in April 2011.

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Negligence claim against NHS hospital upheld

17th June 2016

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has upheld a claim by a man’s family that the hospital was at fault for not preventing a fall which resulted in him becoming a palliative patient.

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