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Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury | ‘Law with Lunch’ Webinar Series | April 2022

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Our April ‘Law with Lunch’ webinar series of bitesize, lunchtime talks covering the legal issues of the moment are not to be missed.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:heading {"textAlign":"center","fontSize":"medium"} --> <h2 class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size" id="tuesday-5th-april-2022-12-30-pm-zoom-webinar"><strong>Tuesday, 5th April 2022, 12.30 pm, Zoom webinar</strong>&nbsp;</h2> <!-- /wp:heading --> <!-- wp:paragraph {"align":"center"} --> <p class="has-text-align-center">Barristers and clinical negligence and personal injury specialists <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/abigail-telford/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Abigail Telford</a> &amp; <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/sophie-firth/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Sophie Firth</a> will discuss&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:heading {"textAlign":"center","fontSize":"medium"} --> <h2 class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size" id="cru-how-it-works-what-benefits-are-offsetable-against-what-damages-common-misconceptions">CRU, how it works, what benefits are offsetable against what damages, common misconceptions</h2> <!-- /wp:heading --> <!-- wp:paragraph {"align":"center"} --> <p class="has-text-align-center">--0--</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:heading {"textAlign":"center","fontSize":"medium"} --> <h2 class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size" id="wednesday-27th-april-2022-12-30-pm-zoom-webinar"><strong>Wednesday, 27th April 2022, 12.30 pm, Zoom webinar</strong>&nbsp;</h2> <!-- /wp:heading --> <!-- wp:paragraph {"align":"center"} --> <p class="has-text-align-center">Barristers and clinical negligence specialists <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/peter-yates/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Peter Yates</a> &amp; <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/tom-semple/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Tom Semple</a> will discuss</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:heading {"textAlign":"center","fontSize":"medium"} --> <h2 class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size" id="clinical-negligence-case-law-update">Clinical Negligence Case Law Update</h2> <!-- /wp:heading --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>From the latest procedural tips, these sessions are ideal for busy practitioners who want to enjoy their lunch break while updating their legal knowledge.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>These events are free, and we expect them to be popular, please book early to avoid disappointment and for further enquiries or to attend, please email <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="mailto:events@parklaneplowden.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">events@parklaneplowden.co.uk</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Tom Semple represented the family of SM at the inquest touching her death

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>SM was known to have mental health difficulties for many years, resulting in 8 voluntary hospital admissions between 2013 and 2018, typically lasting several weeks. </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Between admissions, she was under the care of her care coordinator, a community psychiatric nurse. In 2019, SM’s mental health deteriorated and voiced plans to take her own life while her partner was at work. This resulted in a further voluntary admission to hospital, but was discharged home after 5 days. The following Monday, after her partner left for work, SM sadly took her own life. </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>At the inquest, the Coroner found that SM felt unsupported by her care coordinator and noted that her relapse plan was 5 years out-of-date. It was found that the SM and her family were failed by problems in communication. Her partner was not informed of her previous plans to end her life while he was at work. SM also felt unsupported on the ward and was not consulted regarding changes to her medication. Moreover, the hospital also failed to contact her partner’s views prior to discharge, which the Trust accepted it should have done. It was held that these failures meant safeguarding measures were not put in place.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Further details of the case can be found at <a href="https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/mental-health-advocate-found-hanged-22394125" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.gazettelive.co.uk</span></a> (day 1) and <a href="https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/people-cant-just-live-hospital-22407445" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.gazettelive.co.u</span>k</a> (day 2).</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/tom-semple/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tom Semple</span></a> is a member of Parklane Plowden’s specialist Inquests and Inquiries team. He is named as a ‘rising star’ in the <em>Legal 500</em> for clinical negligence and inquests.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->