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Vaginal Mesh Claims

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 24th April 2017

For some time doctors have used surgical mesh to treat urinary incontinence and hernias. It is also used to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse after a hysterectomy or having had children when the bowel, bladder, or other organs … Continue reading

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Announcing our Chosen Charity for 2017-18

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 6th April 2017

Cardiff Solicitors announce Chosen Charity for 2017-18 as Bullies Out, a local charity which tackle bullying. We are very proud to announce our Chosen Charity for the 2017-18 year is Bullies Out. Based in Ocean Way, Cardiff, Bullies Out have … Continue reading

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Care Law – Myth Buster

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 27th February 2017

There are many myths that surround the involvement of Social Services within families, and what it means to have proceedings issued in relation to your family.  Hopefully these three ‘myth busters’ will clarify the position for anyone now facing the … Continue reading

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Football Child Abuse Claims

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 29th November 2016

Reports of historic child abuse are once again headlining in the media.  Unfortunately, this is not for the first time in recent years and serves to highlight further the issues which sadly appear to have been prevalent within many organisations … Continue reading

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Holiday sickness still got you down?

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 7th November 2016

Halloween and Bonfire Night have been and gone, the cold weather is setting in and Christmas is looming just around the corner.  The summer seems to be a distant memory, the suntan has faded and the holiday or cruise that … Continue reading

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Child Arrangements: Parental Alienation

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 23rd September 2016

Parental alienation is when one parent uses their time with their child to influence them in such a way which damages the other parent’s relationship with the child. Depending on the child’s age and understanding this can have a lasting … Continue reading

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Vacancy – Child Care Solicitor

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 20th September 2016

In line with our current growth strategy we are seeking a Child Care Solicitor to work within our busy Family Law department. The role will predominantly involve Child Care Law and cases involving Social Services and the Courts. You will also be required to … Continue reading

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20 Years in Business

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 15th August 2016

In a year which has seen a move to purpose-designed offices within the heart of Cardiff City Centre, we have celebrated our 20th anniversary. 20 years ago, in July 1996, the firm was founded by Martyn Prowel, Hywel Davies, and Bob … Continue reading

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Social Media Claims on the Rise

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 10th May 2016

Defamation used to be a rich man’s game, commonly linked to public and famous figures. This is no longer the case. The growth of social media has led to an increase in claims of defamation by ‘ordinary people’ with defamation … Continue reading

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Litigant in Person Misconduct

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 27th April 2016

The recent case of Veluppillai v Veluppillai held that a litigant in person’s conduct was so ‘abysmal’ that he lost his right to anonymity, was given an extended civil restraint order for two years and was ordered to pay nearly … Continue reading

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Planning your Portfolio?

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 31st March 2016

The English Philosopher, John Locke, once said: “Government has no other end than the preservation of property” and, with the Government’s last reform of stamp duty, we might well tend to agree. But, once you’ve got your own home, what … Continue reading

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Elderly Person Abuse

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 28th January 2016

Elderly Person Abuse The news has recently shown the prevalence of the issue of abuse to elderly people whether it be through care home scandals or companies and charities targeting and pressurising the elderly.  With it shockingly being reported that … Continue reading

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Stress at work

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 22nd December 2015

It has unfortunately become increasingly common in this day and age that people suffer from stress related illnesses which have been caused by their work. Very often people have no idea that in certain circumstances they can claim damages, sometimes … Continue reading

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Landlords – What You Need To Know

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 9th December 2015

Landlords – What You Need To Know  On 25 November 2015 we published an article confirming that the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 came into force on 23 November 2015, requiring all private Landlords to register as a private Landlord and, … Continue reading

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Landlords Beware

Posted by: Simon Robinson | 25th November 2015

The law in Wales is changing.  The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 is now in force.  If you are a Landlord – you must act now!   As of 23 November 2015, all private landlords are required to register as a … Continue reading

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Bullying in the Workplace

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 25th November 2015

Sadly bullying and harassment are still common occurrences in the workplace and can cause both physical and psychological damage to employees. Employers have a duty of care to look after the health, safety and welfare of their employees and should … Continue reading

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 25th November 2015

Noise Induced Hearing Loss If you have worked in a noisy environment in the past and currently are experiencing problems with your hearing you may have a claim for noise induced hearing loss. Excessive noise exposure over time can cause … Continue reading

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VW Emissions Scandal

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 28th October 2015

As you may have read in the news, the UK has opened an investigation into the issue of emissions concerning Audi, Skoda, SEAT and VW brands.  This following VW admitting that it had cheated emissions tests in the US by … Continue reading

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Calling all Landlords!!

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 27th October 2015

Whether you own a single investment property which you rent to Tenants, or you are an established Landlord with several rented properties, there is no escaping the legal maze which is the basis of any Tenancy Agreement. It can all … Continue reading

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Mark Roberts Dentist

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 23rd October 2015

You may have seen in the media lately that Mark Roberts, a Dentist on Splott Road in Cardiff has been suspended by the General Dental Council following allegations that he re-used dental equipment which should have been disposed of following … Continue reading

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The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 7th July 2015

Blameless victims of violent crime can claim compensation. If you were the victim of a violent crime then, needless to say, your life has been affected negatively. You might have been injured physically, psychologically, and ultimately lost out on earnings … Continue reading

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Timeshare Mis-selling

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 23rd June 2015

In a scandal similar in nature to that of PPI it has become apparent that hundreds of thousands of timeshares have been mis-sold. Since 1998 it appears hundreds of thousands of timeshares were mis-sold, with industry experts estimating that timeshare … Continue reading

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Circus Starr Come to Cardiff

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 18th June 2015

“Your support today will create a memory for a child that will last a lifetime.” On June 12th Circus Starr performed at St Peters Rugby Club in Cardiff. Circus Starr are an independent, charitable organisation that supports disadvantaged and disabled … Continue reading

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Benefit Fraud

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 15th June 2015

The first that people often know that they are under investigation for benefit fraud is when they are invited for an interview under caution out of the blue. When investigating someone’s entitlement to benefits, the Department for Work and Pensions, … Continue reading

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Medical Misdiagnosis Claims

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 8th June 2015

Most people trust their medical professional. Whether in illness or injury you put your trust in them to find the problem, and fix it. However, sometimes they can get it wrong, and this can lead to further injury and even … Continue reading

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Perseverance is Key

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 8th June 2015

The following case study examines establishing liability, and securing funding for recommended treatments. It also serves to illustrate the length of time which a matter can take to resolve, and the reasons why. Without Janine’s stubborn determination to continue on … Continue reading

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Surgical Negligence Claims

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 27th May 2015

Generally, the standard of medical and nursing treatment in the UK is high but mistakes can happen and compensation may be awarded if things go wrong. If you find yourself in a situation where a mistake is made during surgery … Continue reading

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Cosmetic Surgery Claims

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 18th May 2015

We at Martyn Prowel are dedicated to working on clients behalf to obtain compensation for you if cosmetic surgical procedures or treatment go wrong. Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and abroad.  We act on behalf of … Continue reading

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Janine Griffiths is a UK Top Rated Solicitor

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 14th April 2015

We’re proud to announce that Janine Griffiths has been named as a UK Top Rated Solicitor! She has received this commendation thanks to the outstanding reviews written by her clients on VouchedFor.co.uk, the review site for professionals. What does this … Continue reading

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Love Is… Gone?

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 11th February 2015

If you’re struggling in your relationship contact our friendly, approachable, and understanding family department on 029 2047 0909. If there’s one day that seems even more painful than the rest when you’re in a struggling relationship, it’s Valentine’s Day. With … Continue reading

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2014 – A Year in Review

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 13th January 2015

This might be a bit late coming (depending on if you think an end of year post should come at the end of the year, or at the start of the next!), but here it is – a look back … Continue reading

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Building Disputes

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 23rd December 2014

Have you had an issue with any building work in the past? Or maybe it’s something ongoing? Well, we understand the frustration problems like these can cause. The following summarises how best to prepare yourself to deal with these issues, … Continue reading

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Senior Judge condemns Legal Aid cuts

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 6th November 2014

Legal Aid cuts have been condemned by a senior family Judge after an illiterate mother of four, with poor sight and hearing, had to represent herself in proceedings involving her children. The father of the children in this case was … Continue reading

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Parental involvement comes into effect

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 20th October 2014

The importance of children having relationships with both parents following separation will be reinforced by a new law taking effect this week. The presumption of parental involvement will come into force on 22nd October 2014 and will apply to cases involving … Continue reading

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Nearly 200 Illegal Divorces Annulled

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 3rd October 2014

One hundred and eighty Italian couples have had their ‘illegal’ divorces annulled. The couples paid around €4,000.00 to a fraudster who completed divorce paperwork on their behalf.  This paperwork contained falsified information relating to the address of one of the … Continue reading

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Will Aid – November

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 3rd October 2014

We are pleased to announce that we are supporting the Will Aid Campaign again this year.  Contact us today to make a free Will!   Will Aid has been running since 1988 and involves nine of the UK’s leading charities: … Continue reading

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Speeding and S172 Offences

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 5th September 2014

For many people, the first time that they are aware that they are accused of committing a moving road traffic offence is when they receive the Notice of Intended Prosecution from the police, often in respect of an allegation of … Continue reading

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Child Abuse Compensation Claims

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 14th August 2014

It is a sad state of affairs that, unfortunately, in the UK claims for compensation resulting from child abuse do not appear to be reducing over the years. Here at Martyn Prowel solicitors, we act on behalf of victims of … Continue reading

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Who can apply for a Non-Molestation Order

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 21st July 2014

Protection against domestic abuse is provided for in the Family Law Act 1996. A Non Molestation Order is an Order which prohibits one person from harassing, pestering, interfering with or being violent to another person or any relevant child. Only … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence and Legal Aid

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 3rd July 2014

What is domestic violence? Domestic violence has been defined by the government as “any incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between individuals who are associated … Continue reading

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Special Guardianship Orders

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 20th June 2014

The intention of a Special Guardianship Order is to meet the needs of those children who cannot live with their birth parents and for whom adoption is not appropriate. A Special Guardianship Order is an Order made by the Court … Continue reading

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Forced Marriage

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 13th June 2014

What is forced marriage? A forced marriage is where one or both parties to a marriage do not, or cannot, consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used to force them into it. The pressure put on people … Continue reading

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Responding to a Divorce Petition

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 10th June 2014

Once the person who is filing for divorce (the Petitioner) has lodged a divorce petition at Court it will be issued and given a unique case reference. The Court will then send a copy of the petition to the other … Continue reading

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Grounds for Divorce

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 9th June 2014

What are the grounds for divorce? There is actually only one ground for divorce and that is the irretrievable breakdown of marriage. How can you prove to the Court that your marriage has broken down irretrievably? A Petitioner would have … Continue reading

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Child Maintenance Explained

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 3rd June 2014

  Child maintenance is defined by the DWP as “regular, reliable financial support that helps towards the child’s everyday living costs.”. The parent with whom the child doesn’t live, the non-resident parent, pays child maintenance to the parent who has … Continue reading

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Contact with Adopted Persons

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 3rd June 2014

Historically any application for contact with a child who was to be the subject of an Adoption Order had to be made, and would be determined by the Court, before  the making of the Adoption Order. The Children and Families … Continue reading

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Continued Parental Involvement

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 30th May 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force on 22nd April 2014. Contrary to media speculation and some public expectation the Children and Families Act did not go as far as to introduce a presumption of ‘shared parenting’  What … Continue reading

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Child Arrangement Orders

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 30th May 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force on 22nd April 2014. Section 12 of the Act replaces Contact and Residence Orders with the Child Arrangement Orders.    What is a Child Arrangement Order? A Child Arrangement Order is … Continue reading

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Collaborative Law Explained.

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 28th March 2014

If you have begun the process of divorce or are looking at the possibility of divorce then you may have heard of Collaborative Law. If you haven’t and would like to know more Rachel Davies is a certified Collaborative Law solicitor explains: … Continue reading

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Compensation for Accident at work.

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 18th February 2014

Martyn Prowel Solicitors recover significant damages for Restaurant Worker A waitress in a restaurant in Cardiff sustained a serious shoulder injury when she slipped on a wet floor in the toilets of the restaurant in which she worked.  She fell … Continue reading

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New help to buy scheme for Wales

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 27th November 2013

The introduction of the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme in England, Help to Buy Wales will be launched on the 2nd January 2014. Help to Buy is a Welsh Government initiative which is to help buyers purchase a new build home … Continue reading

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Grounds for Divorce.

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 18th October 2013

If you have been married for at least one year and your relationship has broken down, you can obtain a divorce, provided that you have a marriage legally recognised in the United Kingdom and you have a permanent home in … Continue reading

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Failed Depuy ASR Implant

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 13th March 2013

We are continuing to receive instructions from concerned clients in connection with claims relating to the failed DePuy hip implant. There are strict legal time limits within which you must bring your claim and we have now issued legal proceedings … Continue reading

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Cerebral Palsy Claims

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 11th March 2013

Cerebral palsy is a brain injury which affects approximately 1 in 400 children in the UK. Symptoms can vary greatly from child to child. In some cases the child will require life long specialist care. Although the condition can develop … Continue reading

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Amputation Compensation

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 9th March 2013

 The loss of a limb, be it through traumatic amputation in an accident or surgical amputation will have a dramatic and life changing impact, both physically and psychologically for both the victim and their family.    There are a huge number … Continue reading

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Shaken baby Syndrome

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 13th February 2013

About two hundred and fifty cases a year are brought to Court where parents or carers are accused of “Non Accidental Head Injury” or shaking. Legal proceedings can be brought in both Criminal and Civil Courts. In addition to any … Continue reading

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Be a hero! Prevent an Accident!

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 18th December 2012

So, imagine the scenario – your walking down the road, minding your own business and then, suddenly, your foot catches on a paving slab that’s sticking up – you fall forward, put your hands out to save yourself, and end … Continue reading

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Needle stick injuries

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 25th October 2012

A needle stick (or sharps) injury occurs when a needle or other sharp instrument accidentally penetrates the skin.    While the initial injury may cause some shock and pain, if the needle or sharp instrument is contaminated with blood or any … Continue reading

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The future for lasting powers of attorney

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 16th October 2012

Since the Mental Capacity Act came into force , Lasting Powers of Attorney have been in existence There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney, the first for Property and Financial Affairs and one relating to Personal Welfare. These … Continue reading

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Medical Negligence compensation

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 4th October 2012

Here at Martyn Prowel Solicitors we have experts in dealing with claims for damages in respect of medical negligence. Medical negligence claims arise where a healthcare professional has not provided the proper standard of care to a patient, and that … Continue reading

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Car Accident Compensation

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 13th September 2012

Whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian, if you have been injured as a result of road traffic accident caused by any other party then you are entitled to compensation in respect of your injuries and any other losses … Continue reading

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Peanut Allergy

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 19th July 2012

The Food Standards Agency is urging health professionals to strongly advise their peanut allergic patients to always ask whether the food they are purchasing in places such as restaurants, sandwich bars or bakeries, contain nuts. They are also to be … Continue reading

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Anapen Adrenaline Injector Recall

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 28th May 2012

The injectors have been recalled as a precaution by Lincoln Medical Limited following the identification of potential problems with the speed and delivery of the adrenaline during development work. Users of the injectors and health professionals have not reported any … Continue reading

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Jequirity bean bracelets

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 14th May 2012

The red and black bracelets are made from Jequirity beans which contain the toxin abrin. Abrin is a controlled substance under the Terrorism Act and is chemically similar to ricin, used in chemical warfare. People who have bought the bracelets … Continue reading

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Rider wins damages against riding school

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 16th January 2012

A High Court Judge in Cardiff has given Judgment for one of our clients who sought compensation for injuries sustained in a riding accident. Our client stated after the Hearing “I used to ride before the accident competitively at quite … Continue reading

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Depuy claims expand

Posted by: pinnacleadmin1 | 9th June 2011

The medical negligence department reports continuing increase of instructions in claims relating to the failed DePuy hip implant. Tom Rees says “we continue to receive significant instructions from people suffering the injury and losses which are caused by these failed … Continue reading

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