Recent Cases - 2013
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. We believe that the most important goal of a medical negligence claim is to achieve justice for our clients as well as compensation, in appropriate cases. We feel, also, that by bringing such claims healthcare should improve as a result of lessons learnt.
The cases summarised below illustrate some of the cases and situations in which this firm has achieved some degree of justice for clients, often in distressing circumstances.
Negligent failure to diagnose tendon injury - £9,000
In December 2013, we settled a claim on behalf of a client who cut through two tendons in her thumb. There was a failure to diagnose when she presented to A&E and a delay in diagnosis of approximately 3 months by which stage she had to undergo a tendon transfer rather than simply a tendon repair. This caused additional injury and an additional 6 months recovery period.
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.
Injury caused by hypoxia - Five figure settlement
We have just settled a claim for a client who suffered hypoxia (a lack of oxygen), after an operation, which temporarily affected him, for five figures.
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.
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.
Negligent treatment causing death of neonatal - £18,500
In September 2013 we 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
In September 2013 we settled a claim for a young woman against Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, for a lump sum and periodical payments totalling approximately 4.6 million pounds . Sadly, she suffered brain damage whilst an in-patient and her claim related to this.
Failure to obtain informed consent resulting in death - Five Figure Settlement
In July 2013 we 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
In July 2013 we 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 withdrawel of Warfarin therapy causing fatality - £24,000
In July 2013 we 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.
Negligent failure to diagnose tendon injury - £9,000
In December 2013, we settled a claim on behalf of a client who cut through two tendons in her thumb. There was a failure to diagnose when she presented to A&E and a delay in diagnosis of approximately 3 months by which stage she had to undergo a tendon transfer rather than simply a tendon repair. This caused additonal injury and an additonal 6 months recovery period.
Fatality - A & E negligence
In July 2013 we 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
In June 2013 we 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
In June 2013 we 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
In May 2013 we secured £3,500 in compensation for a client who suffered a diathermy burn to her stomach during a hysterectomy procedure.
Neglect - £15,000.00
In May 2013 we secured £15,000 in compensation for the family of an elderly who patient suffered neglect in Hospital.
Stillbirth - Five Figure Settlement
In May 2013 we 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
In May 2013 we 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 - £27,500.00
In March 2013 we settled a case on behalf of the Estate of the Deceased for £27,500.00 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 - £25,000.00
We settled a case in March 2013 for £25,000.00 for a stillbirth case as a result of negligent midwifery care.
Fatality caused by A&E negligence - Five Figure Settlement
In March 2013, a five figure settlement was secured for a gentleman who tragically lost his wife as a result of negligent delay in A&E.
Stillbirth - Five Figure Settlement
In March 2013, a five figure settlement was secured for a tragic stillbirth delivery as a result of negligent midwifery care.
Admission secured in multi-million pound cerebral palsy case
In March 2013, we 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 - £60,000.00
In February 2013 we secured £60,000.00 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 - £21,500.00
In February 2013 we settled a case for £21,500.00 for a client who underwent a total shoulder replacement operation which was negligently performed and an oversized prosthesis used.
Dental Negligence - £7,000.00
We secured damages of £7,000.00 in February 2013 for a client who suffered negligent dental treatment.
Negligent Care causing pressure sores - £23,500.00
In January 2013, we 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
In January 2013, we 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
In January 2013, we 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 - £16,000.00
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.
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