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Nursing Complaints, Claims and Criminality

Nursing Complaints and Claims Introduction Generally, the law imposes a duty of care on any health care practitioner in situations where it is “reasonably foreseeable” that harm to patients through their actions or omissions is possible. This is the case regardless of whether that is a nurse, midwife, nurse trainee,…

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Nursing, Neglect and Negligence

Patient neglect by nurses is an issue of increasing public concern in the UK and Europe, yet whilst it often generates a great deal of anger from the patient and thier families, the reasons for the negligence remain poorly understood. Patient neglect is usually found to have two very different…

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Breast Cosmetic Surgery
Breast Augmentation facts and risks

6 Things You Did Not Know About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Although breast augmentation is one of the most popular surgeries in the UK, there’s still considerable confusion about type of breast implants, including what size is the most appropriate and how often replacement is due, if at all. Here are a few common facts most people do not know about…

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6 Reasons to register at a NHS Dentist

1. You already pay for it. It will come as no surprise to many to hear this but with the launch of the NHS in 1948 Dental care was, for the first time, free at the point of use. That is not state that it is now or ever was…

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Pain (Chronic) Management

What is Pain? Firstly the word “pain” describes that condition of disorder that brings about discomfort or uncomfortable sensations within the body. It flows from the activation of the nervous system usually in response to an external forces. It has a range of intensity. Generally individuals will recognise this pain…

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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…

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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 Negligence 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…

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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…

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Graham G Balmforth

My name is Graham Balmforth and I am the administrator for the Medical Panel that is present on the web as Law-Med. Why do this? As a Specialist Panel Medical Solicitor I have been active in medical negligence and medical indemnity litigation for over 15 years. In that time I…

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About Me

Hello, I’m Graham Balmforth. Previously a Soldier with both the Royal Artillery and latterly the Military Intelligence Corps, I left the armed services and became a Barrister in 1998 working as an independant advocate and then as 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 from Glasgow University and and the University of Verona. I am an advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and also serve as a Dental Council Member. I have also sat on various specialist committees for Surgical and Perioperative Faculty committees. In addition I am a member of the Royal Academy of Physicians – Joint Royal Colleges Training Board and a member of the Infectious Disease Specialist Adviosry Board. I have been a Freelance Consultant Solicitor Advocate since 2019. I spend most of my time now managing Surgical and Clinical negligence claims especially those involving complex cosmetic facial injuries that have impacted 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 or

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