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Morecambe Bay Investigation - Burnetts’ Statement

Morecambe Bay Investigation - Burnetts’ Statement

In advance of the publication of Dr Kirkup's investigation report into failing at Furness General Hospital's maternity Unit, Burnetts' Head of Medical Negligence gives a short statement. 

Burnetts has advised numerous clients in connection with failings at Furness General Hospital’s maternity unit. Solicitors from the firm’s medical negligence team represented James and Hoa Titcombe at the inquest into the death of their son Joshua in 2011. In 2014, the team successfully settled a six figure claim on behalf of Carl Hendrickson following the deaths of his wife Nittaya and son Chester.

The team has settled 10 maternity-related claims against the University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust since 2011. Most relate to neonatal or maternal deaths. The team continues to act in a number of ongoing cases, some of which involve complex and catastrophic injuries to babies. More than 40 families have contacted the team with concerns about the care they have received at Furness General Hospital.

Head of Medical Negligence at Burnetts is Angela Curran. She said, “Although we have been unable to pursue claims for many of these families, that is not to say that the care wasn’t sub-standard. Proving negligence in a legal sense is a tough test – it can be hard for families to discover that even though mistakes have clearly been made, negligence can’t always be proven.”

She continued, “Many of the families involved in this investigation will probably be wondering what their legal options are now and this will differ from case to case. I would hope that, where Dr Kirkup identifies serious failings, the Trust will not continue to fight claims and prolong the legal process for families.”


Burnetts will not be making any further statements or giving interviews following the publication of Dr Kirkup's report. For further media information, contact Angela Huck at Burnetts on 01228 552222 | ash@burnetts.co.uk | 07525 128762.

Published: Saturday 28th February 2015
Categorised: Medical Negligence

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