Medical negligence cases address very sensitive and complex issues. Most clients want a full investigation of events, answers to their many questions and an explanation of why things happened as they did.

The cases summarised below illustrate some of the cases and situations in which Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team has achieved some degree of justice for clients, often in distressing circumstances, in the last 24 months alone...


NEGLIGENTLY PRESCRIBING AZATHIOPRINEAND FAILING TO ADEQUATELY MONITOR - £50,000

In July 2014, we settled a claim where Azathioprine was provided by a private Dermatologist without checking the patient's suitability and without adequate monitoring. This resulted in our client being admitted to Hospital in a critical condition and possibly facing a lifetime of solitary confinement. Luckily he achieved recovery and we secured damages of £50,000 which were largely representative of his pain, suffering and loss of amenity during this time

DAMAGES - £40,000

July 2014 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for a client for damages of £40,000. He suffered a bowel perforation necessitating a longer stay in hospital after necessary bowel surgery and as a consequence of the perforation he had a colostomy for approximately 3 years which, fortunately, was successfully reversed. He has made a very good recovery and liability for these complications was denied by the NHS Trust concerned. Despite this we were able to negotiate a settlement without having to commence Court Proceedings

NEGLIGENTLY PERFORMED SURGERY CAUSING DEATH

June 2014 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim relating to a negligently performed staging laparoscopy for a patient with oesophageal cancer, which caused the client to suffer a massive bleed, from which he never recovered. On a balance of probabilities, but for the negligence he would have survived the surgery and survived the cancer. Damages were obtained by the deceased's Estate for his pain and suffering, funeral expenses and also on behalf of his dependants.

FATALITY - £50,000

June 2014 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settleda fatal claim for £50,000 where there was a failure to provide one-to-one nursing supervision to an elderly gentleman who was assessed as being at a high risk of falls. As a consequence, he fell whilst unsupervised, and trying to get to a toilet and suffered an extradural haematoma and died a week later. Unfortunately there was a failure to inform his family that he had been put on to the Liverpool Care Pathway and to properly explain it to them and as such his family were not present when he died.

NEGLIGENTLY ADMINISTERED SEDATION CAUSING DEATH - £65,000

In May 2014, we settled a claim on behalf of the Estate and dependents of a young girl with an alcohol dependency. The Hospital Trust failed to adequately treat her alcohol withdrawal and negligently administered huge levels of sedation which eventually led to a cardiac arrest and death.

AVOIDABLE SUICIDE - SIX FIGURE SETTLEMENT

In January 2014, we settled a claim on behalf of the Estate and dependents of a gentleman who suffered serious psychiatric complications following maxillo-facial surgery. The Hospital Trust failed to provide an adequate level of psychiatric care and as a result, the patient took his life shortly upon discharge. The settlement included damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 as there was a clear systemic failure within the Trust to provide adequate psychiatric care.

NEGLIGENT WITHDRAWAL OF WARFARIN MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO DEATH - £24,000.00

In January 2014, we settled a case on behalf of the estate of a lady who had sadly died after she was told by the hospital to stop taking the anticoagulant Warfarin. She had been on Warfarin for 4 years due to suffering from pulmonary embolism and congestive cardiac failure and had originally been told she would need to take the drug for life. The decision to stop the Warfarin has been shown to be negligent. Unfortunately, one month after stopping the drug she developed a large pulmonary embolism and died.

POOR CARE IN CARE HOME CAUSED PRESSURE SORES - £25,000.00

In December 2013 we settled a case for an elderly man who had entered a care home but in the months that followed received such poor care that he developed a number of serious pressure sores which eventually required hospital admission. Part of the claim was also against the visiting District Nurses who failed to identify and treat all of the sores.

WRONG DRUGS ADMINISTERED IN CARE HOME - £10,000.00

In November 2013 we successfully settled a case on behalf of a lady who was given medication that was meant for someone else. As a consequence she developed low blood pressure which caused her to fall and sustain an injury.

SKIN DAMAGE FOLLOWING KNEE SURGERY - £12,000

In November 2013, we settled a case on behalf of a client who sustained an injury following knee surgery. The injury was caused by a negligently placed tourniquet which allowed the antiseptic fluid, used to sterilise the skin, to seep under the cuff of the tourniquet and cause a burn-type injury which took several months to heal.

NEGLIGENT TREATMENT CAUSING DEATH OF NEONATAL - £18,500

September 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team acted for the mother of a newborn baby who died at just under one month under the care of Luton & Dunstable University Hospital when they failed to recognise that a catheter providing fluids and medication was going into the liver, causing the requirement for a liver replacement, from which she did not survive. The claim included damages for the baby's pain and suffering, bereavement damages for the mother and funeral costs.

NEGLIGENCE RESULTING IN BRAIN DAMAGE - £4.6 MILLION

September 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim for a young woman who suffered brain damage whilst an in-patient at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, for a lump sum and periodical payments totalling approximately 4.6 million pounds.

FAILURE TO OBTAIN INFORMED CONSENT RESULTING IN DEATH - FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

July 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team recovered damages in five figures for the mother of a boy who died after orthopaedic surgery for a dislocated hip at a leading hospital. The case was on the basis there was a lack of informed consent in that there was a failure to properly advise, before surgery, of the risks involved, and that if appropriate advice had been provided, consent for surgery at that time would not have been given and therefore he would not have died.

FAILURE TO IDENTIFY AND TREAT CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME - £135,000

July 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim relating to a negligent failure to diagnose and treat a compressive blood clot following spinal surgery, which left our client with Cauda Equina Syndrome. She has been left with mobility and continence problems, and suffers regular urinary tract infections.

NEGLIGENT WITHDRAWAL OF WARFARIN THERAPY CAUSING FATALITY - £24,000

July 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £24,000 in a claim brought on behalf of the Estate of a woman who prematurely died as a consequence of her Warfarin therapy being negligently withdrawn. Although she was terminally ill, the negligence shortened her life by 9 months and prevented her from spending the remainder of her life at home receiving care surrounded by her family.

FATALITY - A & E NEGLIGENCE

July 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case where a young man had suffered a head injury. The severity of the injury was not appreciated and unfortunately the care he received in the A & E department was inadequate. Unfortunately the symptoms he was displaying were wrongly considered to be as a result of alcohol consumption. This young man sadly died.

DIATHERMY BURN - £10,000

June 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £10,000 in compensation for a child who suffered a diathermy burn to the angle of her mouth during a tonsillectomy procedure.

DELAY IN DIAGNOSING AND TREATING LIVER CANCER - £145,000

June 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim relating to a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating liver cancer (including providing a liver transplant) resulting in the death of our client's husband, for damages of £145,000.

DIATHERMY BURN - £3,500

May 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £3,500 in compensation for a client who suffered a diathermy burn to her stomach during a hysterectomy procedure.

NEGLECT - £15,000

May 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £15,000 in compensation for the family of an elderly who patient suffered neglect in Hospital.

STILLBIRTH - FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

May 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team obtained a five figure settlement and a full admission of liability for parents devastated by the stillbirth of their baby boy.

FAILURE TO REMOVE SWABS FOLLOWING SURGERY

May 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured damages and an admission of liability for a claimant who suffered trauma and pain as a result of a pack of swabs left inside her body during routine surgery. This was not discovered until days after the operation.

FATALITY CAUSED BY GP NEGLIGENCE - £27,500

March 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case on behalf of the Estate of the Deceased for £27,500 where the GP failed to advise the hospital of the deceased's allergy to Penicillin. During a routine operation the deceased was given Penicillin and suffered anaphylactic shock and very tragically died. We also represented the family at the Inquest.

STILLBIRTH - £25,000

March 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for £25,000 for a stillbirth case as a result of negligent midwifery care.

FATALITY CAUSED BY A&E NEGLIGENCE - FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

March 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured a five figure settlement for a gentleman who tragically lost his wife as a result of negligent delay in A&E.

STILLBIRTH - FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

March 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured a five figure settlement for a tragic stillbirth delivery as a result of negligent midwifery care.

ADMISSION SECURED IN MULTI-MILLION POUND CEREBRAL PALSY CASE

March 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured an admission of breach of duty and causation in a multi-million pound cerebral palsy case

DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS OF KLEBSIELLA INFECTION CAUSING LOSS OF SIGHT AND EYE - £60,000

February 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured a settlement of £60,000 for a client where the hospital was negligent in delaying the diagnosis and treatment of Klebsiella infection which caused the loss of his left eye.

NEGLIGENT SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY - £21,500

February 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for £21,500 for a client who underwent a total shoulder replacement operation which was negligently performed and an oversized prosthesis used.

DENTAL NEGLIGENCE - £7,000.00

February 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured damages of £7,000 for a client who suffered negligent dental treatment.

NEGLIGENT CARE CAUSING PRESSURE SORES - £23,500

January 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim on behalf of an Estate for £23,500 relating to pressure sores sustained by an elderly patient during a hospital admission prior to her death.

INFANT FATALITY - FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

January 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured five figure damages for the parents of a baby who died shortly after birth due to the Defendant Hospital's delay in expediting delivery. We also represented the family at the baby's Inquest.

FATALITY CAUSED BY PAINKILLER OVERDOSE - FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

January 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team negotiated a five-figure settlement on behalf of a family whose elderly father was given ten times the prescribed dosage of Fentanyl, a potent painkiller, which caused his death.

FATALITY - DELAYED DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER

We secured damages in January 2013 for a gentleman who sadly lost his wife as a result of delayed diagnosis and treatment of metastatic leiomyosarcoma (soft tissue cancer).

NEGLIGENT INTENSIVE PULSED LIGHT LASER TREATMENT - £16,000

In January 2013 we settled a claim for £16,000.00 for a client who underwent negligent Intensive Pulsed Light Laser Treatment for facial rosacea (chronic, inflammatory skin condition) and suffered extensive blistering and permanent scarring.

FATALITY - £13,500

In December 2012, we settled a fatal claim for £13,500 where there was a failure to provide one-to-one nuring supervision to an elderly lady who was assessed as being at a high risk of falls. As a consequence, she fell whilst unsupervised, suffered a subdural haematoma and died a week later.

PSYCHIATRIC INJURY FOLLOWING TRAUMATIC MISCARRIAGE - £15,000

December 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £30,000 for a client who was very badly treated following a miscarriage. Her dead foetus was flushed down the toilet contrary to her instructions and our client suffered a psychiatric injury as a result.

DELAY IN EMERGENCY SURGERY - £30,000

December 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £30,000 for the family of a young boy who died. He was admitted to Hospital with a suspected blocked shunt. Emergency surgery to remove and replace the shunt was delayed and he became unresponsive. As a consequence he suffered a brain injury, surviving for 3 and a half months in hospital before sadly passing away.

NEGLIGENTLY PERFORMED BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY - £30,000

November 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim for £30,000 relating to negligently performed breast reduction surgery resulting in pain, infection, unnecessary surgical procedures and scarring.

NEGLIGENT CARE CAUSING PRESSURE SORES AND A FRACTURED HIP - £25,000

November 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim on behalf of an Estate for £25,000 relating to pressure sores sustained by an elderly patient during a Hospital admission prior to her death. She also fell whilst in Hospital due to a failure to risk assess her and sustained a fractured hip.

SURGICAL ERROR - NEGLIGENT REMOVAL OF FALLOPIAN TUBE - £40,000

November 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £40,000 in damages after her fallopian tube was negligently removed during an emergency appendicectomy, after it was mistaken for her appendix.

FATALITY - DELAY IN TREATMENT FOR RENAL FAILURE - £42,500

October 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a fatal case for £42,500 where a 72 year old man died prematurely as a result of delayed treatment of renal failure.

SURGICAL DRAIN LEFT IN SITU FOLLOWING SURGERY - £90,000

October 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured £90,000 in damages as a result of a surgical drain being left in situ following a thyroidectomy operation at Whipps Cross Hospital. It was not discovered until 8 months later and then subsequently removed.

DELAYED DIAGNOSIS LEADING TO AMPUTATION - £500,000

September 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim against The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust for £500,000 for a client who had a below the knee amputation because the Princess Alexandra Hospital staff, in Harlow, Essex, failed to recognize that the pain he had in his leg was caused by vascular problems. If this had been recognized in time, as it should have been, he would have had surgery which would have saved his leg.

DELAY IN EMERGENCY SURGERY - £10,000

June 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for a client who underwent a routine operation but subsequently suffered excessive bleeding which was not recognised or treated for a number of hours resulting in a delay in performing emergency remedial surgery.

DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF SCAPHOID FRACTURE - £12,500

June 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case against Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust for damages of £12,500 where there was a 3 month delay in diagnosing and treating a scaphoid fracture.

DELAYED DIAGNOSIS OF BOWEL PERFORATION RESULTING IN DEATH - £14,000

May 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case on behalf of the Estate of a lady who died after bowel surgery. Her bowel was perforated during the procedure but this was not picked up by the medical team for several days, by which time sadly she could not be saved. The case was brought by the deceased's daughter.

FATALITY - DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS OF LUNG CANCER £165,000

May 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for £165,000 where we were acting on behalf of the Estate of the deceased where there was a significant delay in diagnosing the lung cancer by which time no treatment was available and the patient died. Had the diagnosis been made when it should have been, she would have received successful treatment and survived.

SURGICAL ERROR DURING FERTILITY SURGERY - £120,000

May 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for £120,000 damages relating to the damage of a client's bowel sustained during gynaecological surgery. This damage resulted in very severe scarring and had a detrimental effect on her fertility.

DELAY IN INVESTIGATING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING SCAPHOID FRACTURE -£80,000

April 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case our client for £80,000 in damages where there was a 2 year delay in investigating, diagnosing and treating our client's scaphoid fracture which was clearly visible on the original x-ray taken in Accident and Emergency 2 years prior to the actual diagnosis. This delay significantly affected the client's professional career as a motocross rider and their prospects of employment in the future.

DELAY IN SURGERY - £14,500

April 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team obtained compensation for our client in the sum of £14,500 relating to delay in surgery to his fractured arm of some months. This delay was caused by an attempt at conservative treatment, initially, rather than surgery, and further delay was caused by the decision by the surgeon not to operate as our client was a smoker. We argued that it was certainly not appropriate to delay surgery because he was a smoker.

FAILURE TO REFER FOR PLAGIOCEPHALY - £13,750

March 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team secured a settlement for a child whose mother had noticed shortly after his birth that his skull was flattened on one side, but despite raising her concerns with her Health Visitor, she was not given any advice or referred to the local Plagiocephaly Clinic until her son was 10 months old, by which time his fontanelles had fused and the window of opportunity for effective treatment has been missed. This was a particularly unusual and difficult case, and the independent paediatric expert who advised in the case stated that this is the first successful case of its kind that he has heard of.

PHYSIOTHERAPY PROCEDURE - EXACERBATION OF BACK SYMPTOMS - £11,500

March 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for an individual where he underwent a manipulative procedure for his back problem and the physiotherapist incorrectly performed the procedure and cause his to suffer an acute flare-up of his existing symptoms. The case was settled for £11,500.00.

NEGLIGENTLY PERFORMED BLADDER SURGERY - £200,000

March 2012 - A client of Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team received £200,000 in damages for a botched operation on her bladder. Despite being carried out by a specialist surgeon, the surgery was a complete failure and had to be done again. After the second operation our client suffered a series of complications which have left her with no natural bladder function and frequent abdominal pain.

We argued that none of the complications would have developed if the original operation had been carried out correctly. The financial claim included the cost of help in the home, prescriptions for painkillers and the family's expenses for visiting her while she was in hospital for many months, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.

DELAY IN DETECTING MALIGNANT MELANOMA - £22,500

February 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team obtained £22,500 for a client whose GP surgery told her that her biopsy result was "fine" , when in fact she had a malignant melanoma and needed more surgery. When the mistake was picked up by chance nearly a year later, our client was told that her chances of survival were much less than they would have been, because of the delay in treating the cancer.

Luckily she did have successful surgery later and is now fit and well but she endured a very worrying few years after her treatment. The GP practice tightened up its procedures and our client received a full apology from her doctors.

FATALITY - DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT - £37,500

February 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for damages where there was a delay in investigating, diagnosing and treating the herpes simplex encephalitis and as a result the deceased died. Had she received timely treatment she would have survived. We settled the case for £37,500.

DEATH OF PATIENT FROM HEART PROBLEMS CONTRIBUTED TO BY MRSA - £64,000

February 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for the widow of the patient who died, being awarded £64,000 relating to his death from heart problems caused or contributed to by MRSA contracted at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The award also included damages for our client relating to psychiatric injury she sustained as a result of the negligent delay in urgent treatment needed by her husband which could have saved his life.

DEATH OF PATIENT FROM MRSA - FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

January 2012 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a claim for substantial damages in five figures relating to the death of our client's husband who had contacted MRSA in hospital which affected his heart leading to his death. The damages also included a sum for the psychological injury to our client resulting from the failure to provide urgent medical attention to her husband which she knew was his only real chance of survival. The Defence had also tried to argue that the legal action was too late and the claim should not be allowed to proceed.

CEREBRAL PALSY CLAIM - £4.1 MILLION

2011 - This was a Cerebral Palsy claim on behalf of a six year old girl. After liability was admitted by the Defendant Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team negotiated a settlement of £4.1 million damages.

CEREBRAL PALSY CLAIM - £2.4 MILLION

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team was awarded a settlement of £2.4million which was negotiated on behalf of a boy who suffered from brain damage as a result of his mother's negligent obstetric care during labour and delivery.

BACK INJURY CLAIM - £1.1 MILLION

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team negotiated a settlement on behalf of our client who had undergone a new form of back surgery without the risk of this being properly explained. The subsequent complications from this surgery resulted in her suffering significant disability.

FAILURE TO ATTEND TO STROKE VICTIM - A FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

2011 - Our client's husband died as a result of a stroke. The Duty Emergency Doctor had refused to visit him at home and the Ambulance Service had failed, subsequently, to take him into hospital. As a result of these failings there was significant delay in him receiving treatment as a result of which he died leaving a widow and a young son. Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team achieved a settlement subsequently approved by the Court.

NEGLECT OF ELDERLY PATIENTS - £70,000

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled two cases in which elderly clients suffered pressure sores, the settlements being damages in the region of £70,000 each, the settlements being at the very high end of such cases.

FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE SEVERE BACK PROBLEM - £700,000

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team successfully concluded a case in which the Claimant first consulted the firm just before the limitation period was due to expire. His claim was against his GP and hospital in relation to delay in his severe back problem being investigated adequately. Proceedings had to be issued against both Defendants and the claim was settled for damages of over £700,000. The case was concluded 2.5 years from start to finish.

FATALITY - £50,000

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team successfully pursued a claim by the mother relating to the death of her 17 year old daughter from a chest infection after she had been sent home by the local A&E Department. The case was settled for damages of approximately £50,000 close to the trial date. It involved, also, a claim by the mother for psychiatric injury caused by her witnessing her daughter's death and, unusually, a dependency claim based on state benefits.

The case had been previously investigated by the Health Care Commission who had found that the treatment provided was such that it could not be criticised.

FATALITY OF CHILD - £55,000

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case relating to the very tragic death of a one year old boy who died from meningitis. The claim was pursued on behalf of his parents and damages were awarded, after proceedings, of approximately £55,000. The case included a claim by the child's parents for damages for psychiatric injury arising out of witnessing their son's death. We represented the family at the Inquest.

NEGLIGENCE SURGERY - £75,000

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for £75,000 involving a woman who was in intensive care for three weeks after suffering a bile duct leak and ARDS as a result of negligently conducted surgery.

HEART ATTACK FOLLOWING NEGLIGENTLY CONDUCTED LIVER BIOPSY PROCEDURE - £81,150

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for approximately £81,150.00 for an individual who suffered a myocardial infarction following a liver biopsy and damage to his gall bladder.

LACK OF INFORMED CONSENT TO SURGERY - £65,000

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team settled a case for £65,000 for an individual who had undergone a new and revolutionary type of surgical treatment to his hip, for which he did not provide his informed consent.

FATALITY CAUSED BY FAILURE TO TREAT AN ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM - £45,500

2011 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical Negligence team successfully pursued a claim by the widow of a man who tragically died as a result of the hospital's failure to treat his abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).