Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Establishing Causation of Fibromyalgia, or fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

Paul Turner, Associate Chronic Pain Lawyer at Goughs Solicitors discusses the difficulties fibromyalgia sufferers may face when it comes to proving the causative basis of their condition. One of the biggest challenges in establishing whether an accident has...

Breaking the Pain Cycle

Paul Turner, Associate Chronic Pain Lawyer at Goughs Solicitors discusses the pain cycle and how victims of chronic pain need to break their pattern of behavior in order to gain empowerment and get their lives back. As a specialist lawyer working closely...

The life and times of a CRPS victim

Just a quick note to introduce myself, my name is Paul Turner and I am a lawyer and chronic pain specialist at Goughs Solicitors. For almost two years I have had the pleasure of acting for a man in his early 30’s. Sadly the Claimant...

Causes of Fibromyalgia, Diagnostics and Treatment

Possible causes It’s not clear why some people develop fibromyalgia , a chronic muscular/tendon pain disorder. The exact cause is unknown, but it's likely that a number of factors are involved. What is clear is that many of the symptoms could...

Birth Trauma Awareness Week - 1st to 8th July

Studies show that every year up to 20,000 women experience a traumatic birth and as many as 200,000 more women may feel traumatised by childbirth. Such trauma has devastating effects on women and families, with many suffering long lasting physical and...

PTSD Awareness Month June 2018

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) has affected many people from different walks of life for a long time and was referred to as “shell shock” during WWI, “war neurosis” during WWII and “combat stress reaction” during...

Tinnitus Awareness Week

Tinnitus is the hearing of a sound when no external source of the noise is present. Individuals suffering from Tinnitus will often hear buzzing, ringing, hissing, whooshing or chirping sounds that appear to be coming from inside the ear. Many conditions and...

Freedom of Choice: Choose your Lawyer carefully

Freedom of choice is not something that is generally discussed when instructing a solicitor for the first time but it is an important thing to know about.  Freedom of choice does exactly what it says on the tin – it allows you to choose who will...

Road Traffic Accidents at Christmas

The number of reported road traffic accidents increases each year over the festive period and this is due to a number of different causes including:  - Increased volumes of cars on the road  - Increased consumption of alcohol (or drugs)...

What to do after an accident: STOP

If you are involved in a road traffic accident then it can be difficult to remember what to do at the time.  Everything happens very quickly and you are likely to have adrenaline rushing through your body or be experiencing symptoms of shock.  This...

The importance of road safety

Breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions is recorded by police at crash scenes as a contributory factor in one in four (23%) fatal crashes in Great Britain.* The chances are we all know someone who has been involved in a road traffic...

Stop The Pressure!

Pressure ulcers are otherwise known as bedsores or pressure sores. These ulcers occur when there is prolonged pressure on the skin or soft tissue, causing the skin and underlying tissues to become damaged. They can affect anyone but commonly occur in those...

Glow Day 2017 - Child Brain Injury Trust

Every 30 minutes a child or young person will acquire a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. A brain injury is an injury for life and can have a devastating and life long impact on both the child and their families. The Child Brain Injury...

World Cerebral Palsy Day - 6th October 2017

World Cerebral Palsy day is a movement created by and for the Cerebral Palsy (CP) community. The vision is to ensure everyone with CP across the world has the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else. By individuals taking local action, a global...

BackCare Awareness Week: 2-6th October

Back pain is one of the most costly health issues in the country affecting over 80% of the UK population and costing the NHS billions of pounds every year. Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the leading causes of absence from the work place, costing the UK...

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, how is it diagnosed and can it be treated?

To continue our campaign to raise awareness of chronic pain conditions we have set out what a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) means. CRPS is a chronic pain condition that develops after trauma to the body, causing severe and normally...

World Sepsis Day - 13th September 2017

The 13 th September marks World Sepsis Day organised by the Global Sepsis Alliance every year since 2012. Their aim is simple; to raise public awareness and provide an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis accounts for 8...

We've all heard of the term 'No-Win-No-Fee', but what does it actually mean?

The correct term for a no-win-no-fee agreement is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). It is a contract between you and your solicitor in relation to payment of your legal fees. Here are some of the most important things you need to know before signing an...

The Cycle of Chronic Pain

Pain is subjective; each person will experience and manage pain in their own way.  If the pain, following an acute injury or illness lasts longer than six months, it is then considered chronic. Chronic pain can have an all-pervasive effect on...

Dangerous Occupations

When faced with looking for a new career the mortality or injury rates are not the first factor normally considered, but some occupations can be surprisingly hazardous. When you think of dangerous occupations its easy to consider those such as; bomb disposal...

National Road Victims Month

If you think that most road traffic accidents occur in the winter months you may be surprised to hear it is actually August that sees the biggest increase in the number of fatalities on English roads.  It is for this reason (along with some notable...

Closure and staffing issues of maternity wards

Following Birth Trauma Awareness Week many news outlets are using the opportunity of raising awareness about birth trauma to also highlight the widespread temporary and permanent closures of maternity wards across the country.  Understandably this is...

Birth Trauma Awareness Week: A father's perspective

Yesterday we spoke to Domini Barry of Open Space in Bath about her work with postnatal mothers and the effects of birth trauma.  We must however also remember that there is often a partner involved at a birth and they can also suffer from the effects of...

Birth Trauma Awareness Week: Discovering you are not alone

To mark Birth Trauma Awareness Week we spoke with Domini Barry from Open Space* in Bath about her experiences working with mothers following a traumatic birth.  Domini works with postnatal mothers with the aim of bringing together small groups of...

Birth Trauma Awareness

Sadly many women each year experience trauma as a consequence of giving birth with many affected women and families living in silence.  The Birth Trauma Association* (BTA) offers support to women and their families so that they are not alone. ...
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