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Waiting times for NHS mental health patients

Sonia Rani

Posted by Sonia Rani | Solicitor
On 6th December 2019

It has recently been published that nearly thousands of patients with mental health problems are left waiting months for treatment on ‘hidden’ NHS waiting lists.

The NHS provides a talking therapy service known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). The objective of the programme is to provide evidence-based psychological therapies to those who suffer from conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder and PTSD.

A report by NHS Digital published on 14 November 2019, revealed that 75% of patients who enter the IAPT programme are seen within 6 weeks, which on the face of it seems relatively quick. However, the reality is that patients are left waiting months to enter into regular treatment sessions after their first initial appointment.

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Account Freezing Orders – challenging the National Crime Agency’s weapon of choice

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On 6th December 2019

Earlier this week in an article about Anti Money-Laundering risk in the property sector I broke down the figures from the National Crime Agency’s Financial Investigation Unit (NCA) (FIU) report into Suspicious Activity Reports and Defence Against Money-Laundering (DAML) requests for the period 2018/19.

In highlighting that £55m of the £131m restrained/seized/frozen by UK law enforcement after DAML requests had come as a result of Account Freezing Orders (AFOs), I commented:

‘The FIU report is the first one where the provisions of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 have had a significant impact on the headline figures’.

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Psychiatric injury in secondary victim claims and the scope of proximity

Sonia Rani

Posted by Sonia Rani | Solicitor
On 4th December 2019

Last month judgment was handed down in the case of Paul v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 2893 (QB), the findings of which, reminds legal practioners of the difficulty in bringing psychiatric injury claims on behalf of secondary victim Claimants. This was an unusual case in many ways but it is notable that Master Cook made an Order to strike out the Claimant’s case following the Defendant’s strike out application pursuant to CPR Rules 3 and 24 –on the basis that the claim disclosed no reasonable grounds for bringing the claims and / or that the claim had no reasonable prospect of success.

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Can I make a claim for compensation after a hit and run accident?

Claire Sadler

Posted by Claire Sadler | Paralegal
On 4th December 2019

The phrase “hit and run” is unfortunately heard fairly often in the news. A “hit and run” is where a motorist leaves the scene of an accident without giving their details. It is an offence to fail to stop at the scene of an accident and the law says that under Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 where an accident has taken place and either damage or personal injury has been caused, the driver is required to remain at the scene of the accident and provide their name and address.

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Nerve injuries – is there an average award?

James Bell

Posted by James Bell | Partner
On 3rd December 2019

The simple answer is that there is no such thing as an average award for any type of clinical negligence claim nor for any type of nerve injury case, in particular.

The courts do not use a tariff system and the way that compensation is calculated depends on individual factors for each individual injured person. There is no “one size fit all“ type award. Each damages award is bespoke for calculated solely for that individual case.

The compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the type of injury you have suffered and how serious it is.

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