Antibiotic Immunity, do you really need those pills?

The First and Most Important thing to understand is the difference between bacterial infection and a virus. Antibiotics will only work for bacterial infections – so if that sore throat is the result of a virus, no antibiotic will be any good. But just what is the difference and how on earth do you know.TheContinue reading “Antibiotic Immunity, do you really need those pills?”

The Essential Guide to Organ Donation and Transplants

Organ Donation – The Essential Guide – G.G Balmforth Solicitor, Head of Clinical Law, How is Organ Donation Regulated? It is the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) that regulates all living and deceased organ and tissue donation and transplantation as well as human tissue storage across the UK, there are no separate devolved organisations withContinue reading “The Essential Guide to Organ Donation and Transplants”

A Guide To Dental Infection and Abscess

Your mouth is of course a portal to the inside of your body, it is however, in spite of this, a relatively strong safeguard against infection. Your mouth and teeth are bathed in a constant wash of saliva which is strong enough to trap and deal with most incoming infections and rarely does invading bacteriaContinue reading “A Guide To Dental Infection and Abscess”

Zopiclone Addiction and Consequent Litigation

By Graham Balmforth, LLB, DipFMS (Glasgow) M.Sc. Solicitor Advocate. It has recently been my privilege to deal with a Clinical action on behalf of a woman of substantial character, who has, in early middle age, suffered an enforced and difficult withdrawal from the drug Zopiclone. The process of that withdrawal for her has been long,Continue reading “Zopiclone Addiction and Consequent Litigation”

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Do Not Resuscitate Orders

Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will be administered to patients in cardiac or respiratory arrest for the purpose of prolonging their life. Its simply that, to prolong life while other options are considered – or more likely attempted to correct an underlying cardio pulmonary fault. CPR can encompass often violent chest compression’s which can cause bruising andContinue reading “Do Not Resuscitate Orders”

About Me

Hello, I’m Graham. Previously a Soldier with both the Royal Artillery and latterly then the Military Intelligence Corps, I left the services and became a Barrister in 1998 and then a Solicitor Advocate in 2012. I joined the Specialist Law Society Medical Panel soon thereafter and have subsequently obtained post graduate qualifications in forensic medicine. I became an advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2018 and a Dental Counsel Member and Freelance Solicitor Advocate in 2019. I spend most of my time now in Surgical and Clinical negligence claims especially those involving complex surgical facial injuries with impact on the senses. This blog though allows me to share research and articles of interest. If you want to contribute or you want to discuss any article feel free to drop me a line on

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