2 March 2010
Frances Swaine, partner and head of the human rights team and Emma Jones at Leigh Day & Co, are currently representing dozens of clients who have claims relating to the poor standard of care at Stafford Hospital. The publication of the damning report
by Robert Francis QC catalogued widespread and systematic failures at Stafford Hospital which are likely to have been the cause of hundreds of unnecessary deaths and thousands of cases of substandard and shockingly poor care over the period from 2005 to 2009. Mr Francis QC refers to "denials of dignity" and "unnecessary suffering" and describes the impact of the appalling care and treatment on the patients and also family members as being "almost unimaginable".
Leigh Day and Stafford Hospital
Frances and her team have taken shocking witness statements from families whose relatives died in squalid and distressing conditions at Staffordshire Hospital. Leigh Day has now settled the first of many claims for compensation on behalf of their clients, having been instructed by more than 70 local families. The claims relate to human rights and clinical negligence issues. The defendant has made a number of offers to settle claims during the last two weeks. The team is confident of settling many more compensation claims in the next few weeks.
Leigh Day suspects that many more families may be entitled to make a claim against Mid-Staffordshire NHS FoundationTrust following the deaths of loved ones in Stafford Hospital. Figures indicate that more people may have been affected by the poor standards at the hospital than have come forward so far.
In order to move the claims forward Leigh Day needs to finalise this group and so have set a cut off date of 31 March 2010. This group will include all claims relating to treatment provided on or before 28 February 2010.
For any individuals that have complaints about treatment received after 28 February 2010, Frances and her team are happy to discuss this with you. If there are individuals who might have claims a second group will be formed.
If you would like to speak to one of our lawyers about a potential claim for compensation please contact Frances Swaine, Emma Jones or Matthew Renshaw on 020 7650 1200.
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