At Ross Aldridge Solicitors we have extensive experience of acting for victims of medical negligence. The following are two of our recent clinical negligence cases that had compensation awarded:
The Claimant had suffered with longstanding problems with her eyes and had attended her optician due to a one-week history of sudden onset deterioration of vision in her left eye. The Claimant had been referred for urgent investigation to the defendant Hospital’s Eye Unit with a suspected left-sided detached retina.
The Hospital indicated that follow-up treatment would then be arranged within four weeks; however no such arrangements were subsequently made, despite steps taken by the Claimant to contact the Defendant to chase this up. Unfortunately, due to the delay, the claimant suffered irreversible damage to her vision in the affected eye and the claim was settled for £29,000.
We accepted instructions to act for the Claimant who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had undergone a radical hysterectomy. The surgery appeared uneventful and the Claimant was discharged but soon after presented with urine leaking. A CT scan suggested a fistula and she underwent a cystoscopy and attempted stenting. This was unsuccessful but the Defendant did not insert a nephrostomy drain. The Defendant attempted a further repair, but this was unsuccessful because the urethra was necrotic and unsalvageable.
The Claimant underwent a laparotomy. The Defendant queried the need for nephrostomy but then subsequently implanted one. Unfortunately, it was too late by this juncture and the Claimant underwent nephrostomy and developed a pneumothorax as a result. After further suffering and discomfort the Claimant was discharged from the hospital with deeply unpleasant ongoing problems.
The Claimant sustained a pulmonary embolism as a result of the procedure and experienced significant ongoing urethra related symptoms including urinating at least twenty times a day and sometimes losing control of her bladder. The Claimant had further suffered from an incisional hernia which left her with pain and swelling in her lower central abdomen and unable to eat substantial meals and suffering from chronic constipation.
As a result, the Claimant suffered from extreme psychiatric symptoms including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Claimant subsequently had an aversion to further surgery and had been unable to undergo further radiotherapy for the original cancer.
We sent a letter of claim to the Defendant clearly setting out the reason why fault was alleged. It was denied by the defendant that the initial ureteric injury was negligent and it was also submitted that the pneumothorax was a non-negligent consequence of the nephrectomy. The Defendant maintained that the Claimant would have needed surgery anyway. The Defendant eventually advanced an offer of £30,000. The claimant accepted our advice to reject this. A later offer of £100,000 was made, and then £125,000, and following further negotiations the case was settled for £136,000.