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Southampton Hip Claim Time Limit

Deadline Approaches for Metal-on-Metal Hip Claims

Pryers Solicitors currently act for a large group of Southampton patients who have suffered the early failure of metal-on-metal total hip replacement devices.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements have all performed quite poorly, certainly worse than expected and worse than the older products they were intended to outlast.  Not only have they failed earlier, but the way in which they have failed has been particularly damaging.

In many cases, the junction between the metal head and the stem suffers from excessive wear.  In other cases, the metal stem corrodes.  Both processes lead to the release of metal debris into the surrounding muscle and bone causing damage and death of those tissues.  Metal debris is also released into the patient’s blood.  As a result, many patients have had to undergo surgery for the removal of the hip device, which often results in permanent disability and the need for yet more surgery.

The Southampton hip

A particular hip replacement device used in Southampton has a failure rate many times higher than the national average.  One paper has reported a failure rate of 15% at 5 years.  We believe that failure rate to be almost twice that at 8 years.  In contrast, the National Joint Registry provides, for hip replacements generally, a 5 year failure rate of 2.75% and an 8 year failure rate of 4.5%.

Southampton Hip

Time limits

Claims are being brought against the producer under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.  Under this law, there are two separate time limits.  Firstly, cases must be started within three years of the date on which the patient first suspected that they had suffered injury due to a defective medical product.  However, the case must also be started within 10 years of the supply of the product, regardless of when the patient received it or when it failed.

If the claim is not started within this time limit, then the case will be out of time.

The Southampton hips were first used in 2003 and so a few will be already out of time.

Therefore, if you have been fitted with a metal-on-metal hip replacement in Southampton and it has failed or is failing, we urge you to contact Pryers solicitors as soon as possible.  By taking some simple steps, we can ensure that your case is protected from the expiry of this time limit.

Most of Pryers’ clients’ claims are funded by conditional fee agreements (“no win no fee”), under which no legal costs are payable if the claim is unsuccessful.  Legal costs are only payable if the case is successful and, in that situation, the majority of the costs are paid by the defendant.

Please contact Pryers by email at hips@pryers.co.uk; by telephone on 0800 316 0166; or through our website www.pryers.co.uk.

This does not concern metal-on-metal hip resurfacings.

Success for Pryers’ Trainees

Pryers are celebrating two new Solicitors in their midst as Kimberley Snape and Jamie Paddock have qualified in February and March this year.

In addition to this, Kristi Hale has been awarded a training contract and Jonathan Gray is due to start his training contract later in the year.

Pryers are committed to offering advancement to their staff. They already have two employees at the firm who have worked through the ranks from Office Assistants to now working as Fee Earners in the personal injury department with their own cases.

Principal Ian Pryer said “ It is important to recognise the talent we already have in our firm and we are always happy to help our staff achieve their ambitions by our encouragement and significant training. It gives us a much more loyal team and really helps the firm as a whole.”

Pryers specialise in medical negligence, product liability and personal injury. If you would like to find out more about the firm please see their website at www.pryers.co.uk

Heart of York Bike Ride

A team from Pryers Solicitors are taking on this year’s Heart of York bike ride, raising cash for the British Heart Foundation.

Click here to read the full article.

 

Pryers Solicitors – Triathlon

A team of 6 swimmers-bikers-runners from Pryers solicitors in York, entered the local half iron man distance triathlon, The Sundowner, to raise money for the Stroke Association.

Comprising experienced and novice racers, both teams completed the distance of 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run, in respectable times, (though not on the bikes pictured). They raised £650 for the stroke association, as they have a number of clients who have been affected by strokes. The stroke Association run local support groups, providing an invaluable service to stroke victims and their families.

For more information please contact:

Marie Brasnett-Mellor on 01904 556600 or marie@pryers.co.uk

Pryers Triathlon

Specialist Medical Negligence firm Pryers have two teams competing in local middle distance triathlon, “The Sundowner”,  which starts at midday on 14th September 2013. The event compromises a 1.2 mile swim, 57 mile bike and a 13.2 mile run and the Pryers teams hope to finish before the sun goes down.

Pryers, regularly take part in charitable events and this time they have decided to raise money for the Stroke Association, as they have a number of clients who have been affected by strokes. The Stroke Association run local support groups, providing an invaluable service to stroke victims and their families.

If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Robyn-Hawxby1  for their just giving page.

If you are feeling inspired to compete, either as an individual or team, please go to www.freebirdevents.co.uk  for information on this event and more.

Robyn Hawxby – Ironman 2013

Congratulations to Robyn Hawxby on becoming an ironman.

The Partner at York firm Pryers finished the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride (over hilly Lancashire countryside) followed by a marathon in 12hrs and 19 minutes.

The Pryers team are so inspired by this they have entered a half ironman triathlon themselves in September. The Sundowner is sponsored by Pryers and organised by Freebird Events.

They challenge any other lawyers to join them in a corporate team challenge – any takers please contact them on sportylawyers@pryers.co.uk

Pryers Appoints New Partners

 

Pryers Solicitors LLP is proud to announce the appointment of four new partners:  Alex McKnight, Richard Starkie, Carmel Walsh and Robyn Hawxby.

Having worked at the firm as Associates, the new Partners have already made a significant contribution to the development and expansion of the firm and continue to run successful teams in the firm. This has been recognised with their elevation to partnership.

Senior Partner Ian Pryer commented “ We are delighted that Alex, Richard, Carmel and  Robyn, have accepted partnership at the firm, as it goes from strength to strength.”

The firm has grown substantially over the last few years and plans for further expansion in the key areas of medical law, product law and personal injury are on the horizon, as the firm capitalises on changes in the legal sector. The appointments of the new partners will help to further establish Pryers Solicitors as a centre of excellence in the York region serving clients both locally and nationally.

Personal injury campaign 2013 – Don’t get mugged by an insurer

Bold advertising forms part of Law Society’s new consumer campaign

The Law Society is launching a bold new advertising campaign with the strapline’Don’t get mugged by an insurer – use a solicitor’.

The Society will be using an eye-catching poster as well as online advertising and features in major regional media outlets during the campaign, which runs from 24 June for six weeks.

This campaign deliberately takes a bold, humorous and memorable approach to convey an important message. Building on past campaigns promoting the value of using a solicitor to get proper legal advice, the 2013 campaign focuses on personal injury.

Members of the public are directed to advice on how to pursue a claim and, via the Law Society’s Find A Solicitor search, how to find details of personal injury solicitors near them.

The key message of the campaign is to urge consumers to not just accept the first offer of compensation from insurers.

Research from the Financial Services Authority which only became publically available because of a freedom of information challenge revealed personal injury claimants who turn down an insurer’s initial offer and take legal advice from a solicitor get on average three times more compensation.

Desmond Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society said:

‘This campaign doesn’t pull any punches, but we need to make a clear message, see your solicitor, don’t accept the insurers’ first offer and don’t deal with claims management companies. Pursuing your claim with a solicitor will mean you will get what you are genuinely entitled to.’

The’Don’t Get Mugged’ campaign will feature posters on public transport and stations, PR coverage in regional media, radio advertising, online-advertising and a video on YouTube.

Lawyers ‘not driving NHS negligence claims’

A recent article appearing on http://www.thetimes.co.uk (‘The Times’ newspaper) on the 6th of June 2013.

Ian Pryer

Published at 12:01AM, June 6 2013

MP Margaret Hodge’s comment reported yesterday, that lawyers are partly to blame for a dramatic increase in medical negligence claims, was rather predictable, disappointing and importantly, not true.

It’s the usual knee jerk reaction from politicians we’ve come to expect whenever figures are released that show a rise in medical negligence cases brought against the NHS. There’s actually no evidence whatsoever that medical negligence solicitors are inflating the number of claims brought.

In fact, since the government brought in no win, no fee, it makes more sense for lawyers to filter out less meritorious claims against the NHS, as unlike under the old legal aid system, there are no costs paid if the case doesn’t succeed. The real reason behind the increase is simple – lack of NHS funding. The NHS is creaking at the seams.

There’s plenty of other evidence to support this. Only today it was reported that A&E waiting times are at their worst level for nine years.

Health care professionals have become increasingly vocal in stating that budgetary cuts and goal-setting are the principal threats to improving the delivery of health care in the NHS.  As lawyers we completely agree. Reducing the resources available to the NHS will only result in lessening in standards of care and more claims.

While the level of claims has risen dramatically in the last year – some 18% according to DWP figures,  it’s worth putting the figures into context. Compensation and costs payments make up less than 1% of the annual NHS budget and the legal costs make up approximately one-sixth only of that 1%.

There’s actually a very great reluctance to pursue the NHS unless there is clearly a case of wrong doing. At our own medical negligence practice Axiclaim, only one in ten potential claimants are advised to pursue their case against the NHS.

Medical negligence specialists, in that sense are the primary gatekeepers for legitimate claims against the NHS. We’re also the last line of defence for vulnerable patients who in some cases, such as Mid-Staffs, suffered not just negligent, but criminal lack of care.

Politicians would do well to address the underlying cause of medical negligence claims, than try to pass the blame to the lawyers defending clients who have been badly let down by the health service.

Race For Life 2013

The Pryers Ladies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Pryers Ladies has 11 of our ladies running / jogging / walking the Race for Life this year. Some are seasoned runners, others donning their running shoes for the first time and some running (actually they are walking!) with injured ankles and legs, such is the determination of the team to raise as much as possible for the fabulous cause Cancer Research UK.

If you would like to read the team’s own words on why this is so close to their hearts, please follow this link: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/pryers-ladies and while you’re there you may just be tempted to sponsor them too!!

We will report back after the race to let you know how they got on… watch this space!