CASE SETTLED FOR PRE-ECLAMPSIA SEIZURE

We settled a case for a young woman who had attended hospital on several occasions during her pregnancy with symptoms of pre-eclampsia but these were not acted upon, and the staff failed to conduct blood pressure and urine tests, so she was discharged on each occasion. On the final occasion, within approximately 20 mins of having attended and been discharged from hospital she suffered an eclamptic seizure in a local retail store and was rushed back to hospital, where an emergency caesarean section was undertaken. She required further lifesaving surgery as a result of blood loss, and remained in hospital for several days as a result of her injuries. Liability for the claim was disputed, despite the weight of the independent medical evidence we commissioned, and we were therefore forced to issue Court Proceedings but successfully settled the case shortly before the Trial.

MISMANAGED MISCARRIAGE

Settled case for a 36 year old lady for mismanagement of her miscarriage for a four figure settlement.

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 consequence she has been unable to face a normal delivery with her second child and had a caesarean section with all that entailed.

SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGES

Settled claim 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.

NEGLIGENT TREATMENT CAUSING DEATH OF NEONATAL – FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Medical Negligence team acted for the mother of a new-born 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.

STILLBIRTH – FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

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.

STILLBIRTH – FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Medical Negligence team settled a case for five figure damages for a stillbirth case as a result of negligent midwifery care.

STILLBIRTH – FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

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

INFANT FATALITY – FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

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.

FAILURE TO REFER FOR PLAGIOCEPHALY – FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

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.

SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGES FOR TRAUMATIC BIRTH

We were instructed by NC in relation to a claim arising from the birth of her son. The delivery was traumatic with numerous attempts to deliver our client’s son using forceps despite the fact that a decision to undertake a Caesarean Section should have been made at the outset or at a much earlier stage than it was. Fortunately our client’s son is a healthy baby but the client suffered damage to her perineum during the birth, significant physical pain and has been left with psychiatric injuries including the distress of not being able to cuddle her son when he was born.

The client suffered physical injuries during the birth which resolved within a few months. The more significant impact was how it had affected her psychologically. For many months after the birth she relived the whole episode. This should have been the happiest day of her life but she had frequent nightmares about the birth. For months she felt let down and upset and incredibly guilty that she had not stopped the doctor and insisted on a C-section instead. She believes that by not insisting on a C-Section she had put her son’s life at risk but at the time she put her trust in medical professionals who she believed knew what they were doing. It has therefore impacted on her views on the medical profession as a whole and she is reluctant to go to see any doctors.

She also has flashbacks whenever she drives past the hospital were this occurred and is nervous about having a second child in case something similar were to occur.

A claim was submitted to the Trust who admitted liability and sent our client a letter of apology. Negotiations took place and the case concluded with the parties agreeing £7,500 for the client’s damages.

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