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More information on Medical Negligence:

Our specialist medical negligence team recently handled a successful vaginal surgery negligence claim on behalf of a young woman. The following case study outlines the medical and legal issues that arose. If you are thinking about making a similar claim and would like to speak in confidence to a female member of our team then please call our free legal helpline on 0333 888 0408.
Slee Blackwell partner, Oliver Thorne, the UK lawyer leading the fight on behalf of British PIP breast implant victims who have been unable to claim compensation in this country, has just returned from Paris. He had been in the French capital to hear the ruling of the French Supreme Court, which offers hope to PIP victims who feared they would never achieve justice.
Miscommunication within a clinical setting can be disastrous. This brief case study of an NHS medical negligence claim (prepared by Oliver Thorne, a lawyer specialising in NHS medical negligence claims) illustrates what can happen when medical personnel fail to communicate between themselves effectively.
Metal-on-metal hip replacement devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, were recalled by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in August 2010. These devices have been in clinical use in the UK since July 2003. Recalled products include the 'ASR XL Acetabular System', which is a total hip replacement and the 'ASR Hip Resurfacing System', which is used to preserve more of the hip joint. These implants account for around 10,000 of the metal on metal hips fitted in the UK since 2003.
Two years ago healthcare conglomerate, Johnson & Johnson had to recall its metal-on-metal (MoM) ASR hip replacement devices. An estimated 37,000 patients in the US were fitted with the ASR implant and it cost the company $3 billion compensation bill to settle the resulting 3,000 lawsuits against them. According to a report by Reuters, this was the most expensive medical device failure in American history.
On 25 June 2012 the MHRA issued an alert (MDA/2012/036) updating their advice to all patients with metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacements. The alert came after it was announced that British company Smith & Nephew was voluntarily recalling a component of one of its metal-on-metal artificial hip systems.