Archive for November, 2010

Brain Tumour Medical Negligence Claim Settled for 4.5 Million

Posted on: November 19th, 2010

An NHS manager, who sustained severe brain damage after a delay in the diagnosis of her brain tumour, has had a 4.5 million pounds medical negligence compensation claim settled in the High Court.

Frances Bowra (45)of Maidstone, Kent, was employed as a chiropody manager, was a volunteer for the charity “Crisis Over Christmas” and a keen dancer and dressmaker when, in 2003, she was rushed to Maidstone General District Hospital Accident and Emergency Department after collapsing at home suffering from violent headaches and vomiting.

A delay in diagnosing her brain tumour, and moving her to Kings College Hospital, London, for an emergency operation resulted in Frances’ condition deteriorating, and she now suffers from partial paralysis and visual impairment.

In the High Court, the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust recognised that it had breached its duty of care, and apologised to both Frances and her family for the errors they had made.

Epilepsy Misdiagnosis Compensation Paid to More Than 600 Patients

Posted on: November 16th, 2010

618 former patients of a paediatric neurologist, who were misdiagnosed as suffering from epilepsy, have received epilepsy misdiagnosis compensation payments totalling more than 8 million pounds.

The patients, who were all just children at the time, were negligently diagnosed with epilepsy by Dr Andrew Holton at the Leicester Royal Infirmary between 1990 and 2001, despite many of them only displaying symptoms of headaches or even just misbehaving. One child, after being prescribed a cocktail of anti-convulsant drugs by Dr Holton for ten years, was later diagnosed as having suffered from autism during the whole period.

Following a number of complaints by parents that the medication prescribed for their children´s epilepsy conditions caused the children to suffer side-effects such as blackouts and drug-induced hazes, the General Medical Council (GMC) suspended the doctor from duty and, in 2006, decreed that his professional performance had been “seriously deficient”. The Leicester Royal Infirmary was also criticised in a Department of Health investigation for their response to claims of medical negligence and lack of effective management.

The payments of medical misdiagnosis compensation for epilepsy misdiagnosis have been made throughout the year, and have ranged in value from a thousand pounds to one of 240,000 pounds.

999 Accident Brain Damaged Boy has Compensation Approved

Posted on: November 16th, 2010

A teenage boy, who suffered catastrophic brain damage when hit by a police car on an emergency call out, has had substantial damages approved in the High Court.

Greg Love was only 13 years of age, and just 200 metres away from his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, when knocked off his bike by a police car answering an emergency call.

It was alleged in the action against Dorset police that the car was travelling at speed, without its sirens, and had overtaken a slower moving vehicle just seconds before the impact with Greg’s bike.

Greg, now 17, needs 24-hour care and attends the Victoria Education Centre in Branksome during the week – residing with his family at weekends.

Judge Sir Christopher Holland approved the undisclosed compensation award settlement at the High Court, which had been negotiated with Dorset Police without any admission of liability.

2.4 Million Brain Damage Compensation Partial Settlement Awarded to Student

Posted on: November 13th, 2010

A university student, who was knocked from his bike by an unsupervised, uninsured learner driver, is to receive a substantial brain damage compensation package for his injuries.

Hamish McCullough, now living in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, was just 24 years old when the cycling accident happened in July 2001. Hamish was cycling near Wantage, Oxfordshire, when he was hit by the wing mirror of a Peugot 205 driven by Gordon Mitchell, of Lambourne, Berkshire.

Hamish sustained a fractured skull and severe brain damage in the fall from his bicycle, and fell into a coma – spending more than a year in hospital. He now needs round the clock care from a team of medical professions.

In the High Court, Mr. Justice Cooke approved a negotiated settlement which includes of an immediate 2,450,000 pounds lump sum and annual index-linked payments of 120,000 to cover the cost of Hamish’s care for as long as he lives.

Bon Jovi Security Guard Wins 4 year Battle for Work Claims Compensation

Posted on: November 12th, 2010

A security guard, whose leg was broken by a golf buggy during a Bon Jovi concert, is to receive 33,000 pounds in work claims compensation from the band.

Sally Allen (39) from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, was working as a security guard at the Bon Jovi concert at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes in 2006 when a gas canister exploded and caused a fire in the VIP area.

In the course of her work and while evacuating the area, she was run over by a golf buggy driven by one of Bon Jovi’s personal security team; sustaining a broken leg, a crushed foot and dislocated toe.

Sally’s injuries were further complicated with the discovery of a blood clot – a condition from which doctors say she was fortunate to survive. Sally now struggles to walk for long distances and experiences frequent, painful cramp in her knees.

In the action against the band, Sally alleged that the New Jersey based band failed to train or control the personal security guard properly, and after four years of negotiations with the band’s solicitors she an agreement to pay 33,000 pounds in compensation has been reached.

Fatal Lack of Care Compensation Settlement Agreed

Posted on: November 5th, 2010

The widow of a 60 year old man, who died in hospital after a routine operation, has agreed a five figure fatal lack of care compensation settlement after Trafford Healthcare Trust admitted a lack of care in his case.

Chris Harper (60), formerly of Salford, Manchester, was a healthy father of three when admitted to Trafford General Hospital in March 2007 for a routine hip operation. However, after the procedure Chris started to experience pains in his side and chest, and a shortness of breath. Chris passed away one week later from a blood clot.

In the legal claim for medical negligence compensation against the hospital, it was alleged that staff were slow to respond to Chris’s complaints and also that he was not given specialist stockings to prevent blood clots. It was also claimed that Chris was not given any physiotherapy until three days after the operation, whereas post-operative support of this nature normally starts on the same day.

After a coroner’s inquest had returned a verdict of misadventure, Mrs. Harper sought legal counsel and subsequently filed a claim for medical negligence.  Trafford Healthcare Trust accepted that their lack of care had resulted in Chris’s death and the five figure settlement was agreed.