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COUPLE CLAIMS HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSED BABY’S DEATH

At sixteen, Whitney Marshall-Carrington has gone through one of the worst ordeals in her life—giving birth to a stillborn baby. With the support of her husband, Solomon Carrington, 21, she is determined to get justice for their baby’s death. The couple is claiming that their baby died because of negligence at the Point Fortin Area Hospital. They intend to pursue legal action and are calling on Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her baby’s death. Speaking yesterday at the San Fernando office of their attorney, Navindra Ramnanan, the teenager said she had a healthy...

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ANGRY DAD: LAW FIRM PLAYING POLITICS

Several claimants who believe they have a chance of winning their medical negligence cases against the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) are now seeking redress via the legal Disciplinary Committee. This, after some clients are alleging that they have been informed by attorneys from the San Fernando-based law firm that their matters were closed and could no longer be pursued. In fact, documents obtained by Sunday Guardian revealed that only last week an attorney from Freedom House Law Chambers was brought before the Disciplinary Committee in the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain regarding a matter of a similar nature. Official documents...

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COUPLE ONLY GETS $22,000 FOR BABY’S DEATH

A High Court judge on Wednesday ruled in favour of a Sangre Grande couple who sued the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) for negligence in the death of their newborn baby on January 12, 2005. A High Court judge on Wednesday ruled in favour of a Sangre Grande couple who sued the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) for negligence in the death of their newborn baby on January 12, 2005. However, it was a bitter-sweet victory for parents Deonath Ramkissoon and Denecia Sookram, who were awarded a paltry sum of $22,000 for the death of their child. It was because of the...

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MOM TO SUE AFTER LOSING SON

Distraught mother Krishendaye Sonny is planning to file a law suit against the San Fernando General Hospital for negligence following the death of her new-born baby boy. Sonny said so moments after she was told that the hospital officials started an internal investigation into the death of the baby yesterday. In an interview, Sonny's relatives said they contacted attorney Anand Ramlogan, who indicated that he was willing to take up the case. Yesterday, Ramlogan won another hospital negligence case at the San Fernando High Court against the Northwest Regional Health Authority. Ramlogan vowed to fight on the family's behalf to get...

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WHEN CAN I SUE FOR NEGLIGENCE?

“A tort is a civil wrong (as distinct from a criminal wrong) for which a remedy may be obtained. It is a breach of a duty that the law imposes on persons (Black’s Law Dictionary).” Tort law covers many areas of liability. In this article attention will be given to negligence in road accidents. Road accidents A driver is under a duty to take proper care not to cause injury to other road users. Therefore, he or she must: • keep a proper look-out for other cars and road users • obey traffic rules and signals • not speed • overtake only when it is safe...

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MOM BLEEDS TO DEATH AFTER C-SECTION AT PRIVATE HOSPITAL

Two children will never experience the joy of spending Christmas with their mother, 28-year-old Sasha Bisnath, who died tragically hours after giving birth at a private medical facility in South, in what family members claim was a botched Caesarian section. Bisnath, of Orange Field, Carapichaima, gave birth to her second child, Siara, on Thursday morning. She was later pronounced dead around 8 pm, Friday, at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH). An autopsy performed on Bisnath’s body yesterday at the mortuary of the SFGH by Dr Hubert Daisley stated death was due to Disseminating Intra-vascular Coagulation (DIC)....

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MEDIATION THE WAY TO GO

November 10 to 16 is mediation week. It is a week designated by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago for the promotion of mediation as a reliable and accessible conflict resolution mechanism. The board is a regulatory body created by the Mediation Act No 8 of 2004. Its main objectives under the act are to certify and to regulate mediators, mediation trainers, mediation agencies and mediation training programmes. As regulators they consider it important that the public be aware of the nature of the process of mediation, its benefits and its various applications, which can have a huge impact in...

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DAMAGES TO BE AWARDED TO WOMAN THURSDAY

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) has been found guilty of medical negligence. Justice Geoffrey Henderson, presiding in the San Fernando High Court, has ruled that a surgeon in the NWRHA’s employ failed to detect that Carapichaima housewife Indra Ragoo’s bladder was injured following a hysterectomy at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, in 2001. Henderson ruled “there was a breach in the standard of care” of the patient. Attorneys Shawn Roopnarine and Robin Ramoutar, instructed by Helen Lochan, filed a personal injury/negligence lawsuit on Ragoo’s behalf after the woman developed complications following the surgery. The matter went to...

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Interception of Communications Act

• Section 5 defines “intercept” as meaning, in relation to a communication, means listening to, monitoring, viewing, reading or recording, by any means, such a communication in its passage over a telecommunications network without the knowledge of the person making or receiving the communication; • The general rule according to section 6(1) is that a person who intentionally intercepts a communication in the course of its transmission by means of a telecommunications network commits an offence - fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for seven years. • However, the exceptions to this rule are where: o The communication is intercepted in obedience to a...

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Law firm on negligence cases: Doctors don’t testify against colleagues

A disciplinary complaint against Freedom House Law Chambers (FHLC) filed by claimants who believed they had a chance of winning their medical negligence case against the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has been dismissed. In response to a Sunday Guardian story entitled “Angry Dad: Law Firm Playing Politics”, FHLC described as “scurrilous, irresponsible and unprofessional” claims made about itshandling of a medical negligence case. In a statement yesterday, the law firm contended that such cases are “notoriously difficult” to win because “doctors do not testify against doctors.” “In order to succeed victims/prospective claimants must obtain expert medical opinion from experienced...

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