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.
CLAIM SETTLED FOR CLIENT WHO SUFERED SERIOUS HEAD INJURY
We have just recovered damages in six figures for a client who sustained a serious head injury whilst in psychiatric care. It was argued that the client suffered this injury because of a number of negligent failures in the care provided.
CLAIM SETTLED FOR HUSBAND OF A 41 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO FELL IN HOSPITAL
We recently settled a claim for the husband of a 41 year old woman who was left to fall on to her face in hospital despite being admitted for a head injury where the hospital Trust admitted serious failings in her care including failure to perform a CT head scan and delays in intubating and ventilating the deceased in order to facilitate the necessary imaging, secure her airway and reduce her intracranial pressure.
BOWEL PERFORATION DURING CANCER SURGERY LEADS TO DEATH
In April 2015 we settled a tragic case arising from the death of a lady who had been admitted to hospital for a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy, having previously been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Her condition deteriorated over the following few days until eventually an emergency laparotomy was performed, during which a perforation was identified in her duodenum caused by a diathermy burn sustained during the first procedure. She suffered a particularly difficult post-operative recovery and remained in hospital for several months before being discharged home with a stoma, which she was told was reversible, but decided to undergo abdominal reconstruction surgery as a private patient given her extremely traumatic experience as an NHS patient. Sadly, although she survived the reconstruction operation itself, she died shortly afterwards from post-operative complications. We pursued a claim on behalf of her bereaved family and were able to secure a settlement on behalf of her Estate and Dependents.
FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE INTERNAL BLEEDING DUE TO LACK OF CONSULTANT COVER AT WEEKENDS
In April 2015 we settled a tragic case arising from the death of a gentleman who was admitted to hospital on a Saturday afternoon by ambulance after collapsing at home. Despite his Hb levels continuing to fall very rapidly, no action was taken and no input was sought from the Gastroenterology Team as there was no Consultant cover at weekends, and sadly he collapsed again and passed away in the early hours Monday morning. We secured a settlement on behalf of the gentleman's Estate and a dependency claim for his widow.
NEGLIGENT HIP SURGERY PERFORMED AT PRIVATE HOSPITAL
In July 2015 we settled a case involving a total hip replacement operation performed at a private hospital under the NHS "Choose & Book" system. Our client experienced significant problems following the surgery, including pain on sitting and difficulty walking but was consistently reassured by the operating surgeon this was simply post-operative pain. Eventually, after 17 months she was told nothing further could be done for her so she sought a second opinion at another hospital, where a scan showed that the "cup" of the hip prosthesis had been inserted incorrectly and was rotated by approximately 30 degrees. In addition, it was too large so it was removed and an appropriately-sized replacement was inserted in the correct alignment. We secured a five-figure settlement for her pain & suffering and loss of earnings.
PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DAMAGES - SIX FIGURES
We secured a six figure damages settlement for a client who suffered from pulmonary hypertension as a result of an undiagnosed pulmonary embolism.
We provided Inquest representation for the family of a young man who tragically died during a period of home leave from a mental healthcare unit. We also successfully pursued a claim, on behalf of the family, for damages for negligence and breach of Article 2 Human Rights Act.
October 2013 - Attwaters Jameson Hill's Medical negligence team secured damages for a lady who suffered a significant wound and scarring due to an incorrectly applied tourniquet used during a knee replacement operation.
DISPENSING ERROR BY PHARMACY - £10,000
We settled a claim against a pharmacy who dispensed the incorrect dosage of Parkinson's medication to a patient with Parkinson's Disease. The consequences of this were that he suffered a deterioration in his condition, due to many of the Parkinsonian symptoms appearing.
FAILURE TO X-RAY AND DIAGNOSE FACIAL FRACTURES - £13,000
In November 2014, we settled a claim arising from a failure to diagnose and treat a blow-out fracture of our client's orbital floor. She had collapsed at home and injured her face, and was taken to the nearest A&E Department, but despite both the ambulance crew querying her head injury on admission, and our client complaining of pain in her face, double vision and her left eye having swollen shut, there were no investigations of the facial injury itself and, crucially, no x-rays were undertaken, and she was discharged home. Her symptoms did not improve and she was eventually referred to a different hospital by her GP a month later, where an x-ray was undertaken and revealed a fracture of her orbital floor, and her eye had sunk into the gap caused by the fracture. She underwent urgent surgery to repair the fracture but unfortunately, due to the delay in diagnosis, she has been left with permanent double vision.
NEGLIGENT FAILURE BY GP AND HOSPITAL TO IDENTIFY STRANGULATED HERNIA LEADING TO DEATH - £12,000
In October 2014, we settled a fatal claim for £12,000 arising from the death of a gentleman who tragically died in Queen's Hospital, Romford. He was suffering from a strangulated hernia but, despite being seen at home by his registered GP and then admitted to hospital for several days, none of the practitioners involved in his care conducted a proper physical examination that would have revealed the hernia. Sadly, by the time it was discovered and he underwent surgery his life could not be saved.
SIX FIGURE DAMAGES AWARD
We secured a six figure damages award for an elderly man who suffered from an above-knee leg amputation as a result of poor care from district nurses who dressed his leg ulcer wound but failed to carry out ankle pressure measurements - a basic test that monitors blood flow. Had this been carried out it would have been clear that the patient was suffering from critical limb ischaemia and therefore he should have been referred to a vascular surgeon who would have been able to operate and save the leg. Sadly his condition was neglected leading to an above knee amputation. To compound matters he was not provided with adequate nursing care whilst in hospital at the time of his amputation and as a result suffered from painful pressure sores on his foot and sacrum. This is another sad example of poor care and neglect of the elderly. After initially denying liability the Defendants eventually admitted that the amputation and pressure ulcers were cause by negligent medical care. However sadly the client died before this full admission was provided by the Defendant. Had this admission been provided early then the client may have lived to see some benefit from his compensation and costly prolonged legal proceedings could have been avoided.
CLAIM AGAINST A LONDON NHS TRUST
We have settled a claim against a London NHS Trust in relation to care of our client during labour with her first child, without appropriate pain relief, for a five figure sum. As a conssequence she has been unable to face a normal delivery with her second child and had a caesarean section with all that entailed
David Kerry has just settled, for substantial damages, two separate claims for clients, against different hospitals , who sadly have HIV as a result of negligence in testing their mothers, when they were pregnant with them for HIV. With appropriate testing then, steps would have been taken which would have avoided the transmission of HIV to their babies
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 settled 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 nursing 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).