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  1. ICAS are helping us with the complaint, we're not going to think about legal action until we've seen genetics. We've got our first response about the complaint (it's one huge complaint again) ... I sent recorded delivery and they've lied in their response about when it was received (statutory time limit to respond is 2 days, they took 5). They're going to do a full investigation, but need us to sign off on consent for them to share information with a third party. Is that normal? As far as I know, this is between us and the PCT, not sure what 'third party' needs to be involved? I'm so susp
  2. Just a little update. It's now almost 4 months since his diagnosis. GP has decided against referring to a specialist and paediatrician has decided the recommended tests are unecessary. Our younger son has now been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss. The audiologist (in a different health authority) who fitted his hearing aids noticed some dysmorphic features (in both boys) and asked lots of questions about family history. He was shocked when we mentioned the ACC. Anyway, our younger son has had a brain scan and lots of other tests, but unsurprisingly anything going through our
  3. I've had a PM with some info (no dodgy links, it's ok lol), but for the benefit of others, barristers can do 'public access' work. Going to search for public access chambers and see what turns up in my area.
  4. Only a small part of it is PPI ... it's mainly misrepresentation (we've had to be very careful not to get into the realms of fraud). Information commissioner & trading standards would have taken it on, but they issued the claim before we got the proof. It's taken almost 18 months to get the proof through disclosure, needed to go to court yesterday for my customer notes which is the final bit of proof ... they gave me them just before the hearing, then wanted wasted costs for the hearing which was only about the wasted costs. If they'd given me them when we first asked for them over a year
  5. Thanks Jackie and Wayne, it gives me a phrase to search for that might get rid of the 10 zillion no win no fee results. Good luck with your hearing today. A woman in court yesterday before us was in there for a minimal amount of rent arrears. Her housing benefit is 75p a week short ... felt like paying it for her.
  6. We'd be happy to settle, their £11k cancel our £14k and we'll lose £3k, but they won't move an inch. PPI added when OH had no income (his loan) and they won't even move on that. The wheels of the big machine are in motion, and they want their pound of flesh ... their paralegal wondered if they'd bothered to read the defence! The fast track doesn't seem to be any different to small claims (been in small claims before) ... same judges, same room, it's the huge amount of money (huge to us anyway) at stake that niggles at the back of your mind. If it was next week I'd just jump in and get on
  7. We're defending, but the counterclaim is bigger than their claim. I don't want to lose just because I fall to pieces in court I've never dealt with solicitors before, is there a special term for someone lower down than a barrister but who does a similar thing? I sound really thick, I know:sad: They had a paralegal yesterday, is that what we need? It's set for a 1 day trial I did ok yesterday and got my points across (our 2 applications got through, their application for wasted costs didn't, so I suppose we won), but the judge tried tangling me up (in a good way, to let me know what we're i
  8. Just a quick update GP is referring us out of area, and we're going through the complaints process with ICAS. Been in touch with some 'no win, no fees'. All of them say liability and negligence of the birth scan will be easy to prove, NHS wouldn't even deny it, BUT they all want to do a life time care claim. The claim would be the difference between his disabilities if he'd been diagnosed correctly at birth and undergone therapy / special education etc, and the disabilities he has now. There's no evidence that early intervention makes any difference. We're only interested in the dama
  9. Hi all, Could somebody tell me how we go about getting someone to represent us in a hearing? We have an ongoing case with x- big bank -x, very complicated (misrepresentation, missold PPI, unfair relationship, no credit agreement blah blah blah ... dodgy employee who wanted to line her own pockets). Another application notice and directions hearing yesterday, and whilst both the judge and their paralegal were on our side, it made me realise I'm not cut out for standing up in court and arguing a case, even though I can do it on paper and when I practice. If it was a small amount, I'd g
  10. Hi again We had chromosome testing via amniocententesis. I recall the main concern being Turners syndrome. The results came back that he was a boy (Turners only affects girls) so I don't even know whether they did anything further than a boy / girl check. He's had blood taken recently for karotyping (before the scan results), if they've only done another XY check, I'll chase that up. Most, if not all, of his delays can be blamed on the ACC. The ventricles can expand inward to fill the gap left by the ACC, so them being enlarged isn't necessarily worrying. The gripe with them is missi
  11. ok, I've found the number for PALS and left a message for them to contact me.
  12. It was Corpal that encouraged me to keep pushing for an MRI scan ... we suspected ACC because of his symptoms, for 3 years an MRI scan has been refused because there's no way his current difficulties could possibly be related to his brain development, after all, the ventriculomegaly cleared up. Everyone we got in touch with, even a research assistant looking into long term effects of ventriculomegaly took one look at our son, or read his symptoms and they'd suggest an MRI scan. His clinical psychology report shows some areas of performance at 99th percentile, others on 1st percentile, yet they
  13. Thanks, it's confusing the condition is called ventriculomegaly, >16mm (classed as severe), they weren't able to check for further damage until after the birth, hence why he was supposed to be born at the specialist hospital ... he was diagnosed with this at the 20 week scan. They had returned to normal size at his birth scan done at our local hospital Last week he was diagnosed with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, and enlarged ventricles. Further tests will tell us whether it's hydrocephalus or they're enlarged because of the missing corpus callosum The Corpus Callosum does
  14. Hi, I'll try to keep this short My son was born in 1997. They found he had enlarged ventricles in his brain on the 20 week scan and we were referred to a fetal neurologist. We were offered a termination but declined. The birth was planned to take place at the specialist centre so more tests and scans could be done after the birth. Unfortunately, circumstances meant he was born in our local hospital by emergency section. They did a head ultrasound but apparently the ventricles were back to normal. We've been back and forth ever since, trying to get help with his various problems, but
  15. They want me to phone them to negotiate .. yeah, right!! ICO now involved over the DPA issues, we have a case reference number and confirmation in writing of the breaches. We've got permission to amend the defence and put in a counterclaim (£80 fee so presume that's with a hearing?). When applying interest, do we calculate it up to now, or to the dates they stopped adding interest on the accounts? And do we add 8% per annum on top, or is that an instead of? We've been told to do the counterclaim for absolutely every expense we faced because of this loan (eg, solicitors fees for the m
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