Trainee manager paralysed in bodged procedure awarded £3m

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted in Uncategorised on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

A trainee manager who was left paralysed as a result of hospital negligence has been awarded nearly £3m compensation.

The man was 24 years old when he visited the hospital for pancreatic treatment, which was necessary to manage his diabetes. He needed an injection of anaesthetic into his spinal block to numb the pain of the operation. However, there were complications to the procedure and at the third attempt at administering the injection, his spinal cord was injured. He was left permanently paralysed and his life expectancy was reduced by 10 years.

The man had been on a trainee management programme at a builders’ merchant but was unable to continue due to his injury. He requires regular care to support him with his day-to-day needs and it’s expected that he will need more care as he gets older. The man brought an action against the hospital saying it had been negligent in the way it administered the anaesthetic.

The hospital admitted liability and agreed to an out-of-court settlement. He was awarded a lump sum payment of £2,977,000 plus £100,000 per year for 10 years and £154,000 per year thereafter. Insert name said: “This is a tragic case of a young man who went into hospital for routine treatment and ended up paralysed. The £3m compensation may seem like a huge sum but he has been left with devastating, life-affecting injuries through no fault of his own. Every penny will be needed to pay for his future care.”

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