Archive for October, 2011

Medical Negligence Compensation for Operation on Wrong Side of Heart

Posted on: October 22nd, 2011

A man, who was woken during a surgical procedure to tell him that his heart operation had gone wrong, has received a six-figure sum in compensation after making a medical negligence claim.

Steve Edwards ( aged 51) from Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, was having a minor heart procedure at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2008 when the error occurred. During the surgery, an item of equipment slipped, causing a radio pulse to be applied on the wrong side of his heart.

The error meant that Mr Edwards would need a pacemaker to be fitted, and the heavily anaesthetised was brought around to advise him of the treatment he required. Mr Edwards alleged in his action against the Bristol Royal Infirmary that he did not appreciate the severity of the issue at the time, and it was only in an outpatient´s appointment ten weeks later that the full extent of the error became known.

Despite three further attempts at corrective surgery, Mr Edwards will now have to wear the pacemaker for the rest of his life – meaning that he will have to undergo surgery once every seven years to replace the battery. The Bristol Royal Infirmary admitted negligence and agreed a six-figure award sum in compensation with Mr Edwards´ legal representatives in an out-of-court settlement.

In a statement, the Bristol Royal Infirmary said “Technical errors during Mr Edwards’ cardiac ablation procedure resulted in the catheter moving and radio frequency energy being delivered to the wrong side of his heart. Further checks have been introduced to ensure that the catheter is perfectly placed before radio frequency energy is delivered.”

Pedestrian Brain Injury Victim receives 300,000 Pounds Settlement

Posted on: October 22nd, 2011

The family of a father of two, who sustained brain damage when hit by a speeding car, has agreed a 300,000 pounds pedestrian brain injury compensation settlement with the negligent driver´s insurers.

Zahid Hussain (30) from Blackburn, Lancashire, was crossing the road near his home in March 2007 when he was hit by a silver Volkswagen Golf and was left fighting for his life after sustaining four fractures to his skull and swelling on the brain.

Although Mr Hussain has recovered in part from his injuries, he still suffers cognitive and psychological problems and has been forced to move from the family home in Blackpool to his parent’s home in London.

In the High Court in London, Judge Alison Hampton QC was told that the two parties had reached an agreement on the amount of compensation that should be paid and, approving the settlement commented that “I hope the money can be put to good use, and in the best interests of the claimant.”

DePuy Promotional Worker Sues Makers of Faulty Hip System

Posted on: October 18th, 2011

A former gymnast, who worked promoting the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System prior to the product´s worldwide recall last year, is making a personal injury compensation claim against the product´s manufacturers Johnson & Johnson following difficulties with her own DePuy hip replacement system.

Penny Brown (51) of Bath, Wiltshire, had hip replacement surgery in 2004 to ease the constant pain of osteoarthritis. At this time, the DePuy ASR hip replacement system transformed her life to such a degree that she agreed to become the “face” of DePuy and promote their hip replacement systems throughout the UK.

Between 2004 and 2008, Penny was DePuy´s “patient brand” and she was used extensively throughout the world to promote the system. Penny also gave interviews about the benefits of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and counselled patients about to have the implant surgery. However, in 2009, Penny started to develop a groin pain which was diagnosed as being caused by the hip replacement system and shefelt a clunking sensation whenever she walked anywhere.

Ms Brown was informed that she would need revision surgery which would mean the removal of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and a replacement system installed.  She underwent her operation and has been bed-bound and unable to work ever since.

Birth Injury Compensation after 20 Year Wait

Posted on: October 14th, 2011

An unnamed twenty-year-old man, who suffered acute brain damage due to oxygen starvation during his mother’s labour, has had a birth injury compensation settlement of 1.25 million pounds approved in the High Court.

Mr Justice Foskett was told how the man, who was suing through his parents, had suffered the injury at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow due to medical staff’s delay in performing a caesarean delivery.

The court was told how the unnamed man has the mind of a young child, experiences difficulty walking and requires constant care and attention.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital agreed the award without admitting liability

Negligence Compensation Claim Approved for Disabled Teenager

Posted on: October 12th, 2011

A teenage girl, who was left paralysed by a spinal surgeon´s negligence, has had a multi-million pounds medical negligence compensation claim settlement approved by the High Court in London.

Laura May (17) of Chorley, Lancashire, was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital in March 2005 for an operation to correct a curvature of her spine. However, her orthopaedic surgeon – Dr Roger Battersby Smith – failed to use an imaging technique before operating, and negligently misplaced a screw during the operation.

As a result of the doctor’s negligence, Laura lost the use of her limbs and is paralysed from the chest down.

After taking legal advice, Laura´s parents – Bill and Christine May – sued Dr Smith and the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for doctor injury compensation and, in 2009, the Royal Court of Justice ruled in favour of Laura and her family.

The High Court in London has now approved an agreed settlement which will comprise of a lump sum payment now and periodic payments throughout Laura´s life. The total compensation award – which is believed to be around 3 million pounds – will provide medical care, specialised accommodation and equipment for Laura, as well as compensating her for future loss of earnings.