Hospital Claims Solicitors

Hospital claims solicitors enable you to recover compensation when you or somebody close to you has suffered an injury in a hospital accident due to the negligence of a person or persons who owed you a duty of care. Solicitors who provide legal representation in hospital injury claims for compensation look beyond the initial trauma that has been sustained and consider what the long-term implications of the hospital injury may be – not only for you as the victim, but for those around you who may have to support you through your recovery from a hospital injury. To get practical and individual advice about compensation claims for a hospital injury, call and speak directly with a hospital claims solicitor.

Lymphoma Cancer Compensation Claim Settled Out of Court for Patient who Received Infected Kidney

Posted on: May 7th, 2014

A Merseyside man´s lymphoma cancer compensation claim has been settled out of court following an admission of negligence from the NHS Blood and Transplant Unit.

Robert Law underwent a kidney transplant operation at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in 2010, but six days later during a post-mortem it was discovered that the donor, who had died from a brain haemorrhage, had lymphoma – a rare form of blood cancer that the screening of the kidney had failed to identify.

Sixty-two year old Robert from New Ferry on the Wirral was informed of the situation quickly, but his immune system was vulnerable after the kidney transplant, and the diseased white blood cells quickly spread via his blood stream. Robert underwent chemotherapy to treat the lymphoma and a biopsy revealed that the cancer was in remission.

Robert made a lymphoma cancer compensation claim against the NHS Blood and Transplant Unit, who – in 2012 – admitted responsibility for his blood cancer and issued an apology. An undisclosed settlement of compensation was negotiated to account for the NHS´s negligence and for the psychological trauma Robert had experienced on being informed of the error and throughout his treatment.

The Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant – Lynda Hamlyn – repeated her apology when the settlement was announced, stating that she hoped the full and final settlement of Robert´s lymphoma cancer compensation claim will enable him to move on from what unfortunately happened. She added that new mechanisms had been introduced to prevent this tragedy from occurring again.

A second lymphoma cancer compensation claim is still in progress – Gillian Smart (52) from St Helens in Merseyside having also received a kidney from the infected donor.

Settlement of Compensation for Brain Damage at Birth Approved in Court

Posted on: September 24th, 2013

A judge has approved a settlement of compensation for brain damage for a young girl who was deprived of oxygen prior to her delivery and now suffers from athetoid cerebral palsy.

Ruby Curtis (8) from Garforth in West Yorkshire was born on 28th August 2005 at St James Hospital in Leeds after having been deprived of oxygen in her mother´s womb prior to her delivery. Medical staff at the hospital had administered drugs to bring on her mother´s contractions, but a failure to notice her mother´s ruptured uterus delayed Ruby´s birth longer than necessary.

Ruby was subsequently delivered suffering from brain damage and was diagnosed as suffering from athetoid cerebral palsy – a cerebral palsy condition which results in involuntary muscle movements in the head, body and limbs – and, although Ruby can make noises, she is unable to speak clearly and communicates through her eye movements.

Ruby requires help with every element of daily life, and her mother – Lisa – gave up her job to care for her daughter. Through Lisa, Ruby made a claim for compensation for brain damage at birth against the Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, claiming that Ruby´s condition could have avoided with greater care and alleging that the medical staff failed to recognise that a serious complication had occurred.

After an investigation, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust acknowledged “majority responsibility” for Ruby´s brain damage, and a compensation settlement was negotiated that will secure round-the-clock care and financial security for the rest of Ruby´s life.

Judge Mark Gosnell at the High Court in Leeds heard that the settlement of compensation for brain damage at birth included a lump sum payment of £2.95million and ongoing payments each year which would be managed by the Court of Protection.

An apology to the family was also read out in court by a representative of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust which, the judge hoped, would give the family “a sense of closure”. Judge Gosnell added while approving the settlement of compensation for brain damage at birth that the settlement should secure “a better family life for both you and Ruby”.

Baby Burn Injury Compensation Approved

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011

A child, whose foot was burned by a nurse attempting to carry out a blood test, was had a baby burn injury compensation settlement of 10,500 Euros approved in Dublin´s Circuit Civil Court.

Fabien Napierski (aged 4) of Kinlough, County Leitrim, was just four days of age when the accident occurred during a routine medical procedure at his home.

An unnamed nurse, who was preparing to take a blood sample, used hot water from a recently boiled kettle to heat the baby´s foot, burning him in the process.

Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, was told that although the accident had occurred in 2007, the Health Service Executive had only just made an offer for burn injury compensation of 10,500 Euros.

The compensation settlement, which was made without admission of liability, was approved by the judge, who ordered that the funds be paid into court until Fabien reaches the age of eighteen.

Paranoid Personality Disorder Man Awarded 17,300 Pounds at Clinical Malpractice Hearing

Posted on: November 24th, 2011

A Devon man has been awarded a total of 17,300 Pounds in medical malpractice compensation after the unauthorised access of his medical records resulted in the exacerbation of his paranoid personality disorder.

Judge Cotter QC heard how the medical records of Sean Robert Grinyer of Plymouth, Devon, had been access and disclosed by Mr Grinyer´s ex-partner who was, at the time of the offence in December 2007, employed at the hospital as a nurse.

This unauthorised access and disclosure was claimed by Mr Grinyer’s legal team to be in breach of S.13 of the Data Protection Act 1988 and the action by the claimant’s partner, plus an alleged mis-handling of his subsequent complaint, had caused Mr Grinyer’s pre-existing paranoid personality disorder to worsen. It was also alleged in the action against Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust that the deterioration in his condition had also caused Mr Grinyer to reject an offer of temporary employment.

After hearing expert medical opinion in relation to Mr Grinyer´s paranoid personality disorder, Judge Cotter QC ruled that the exacerbation of his condition did indeed constitute an injury and was due to negligence on behalf of the Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust. The judge awarded Mr Grinyer 12,500 Pounds in medical malpractice compensation for the injuries he had sustained plus a further 4,800 Pounds for loss of earnings when unable to accept the offer of employment.

Father to Receive PTSD Compensation after Daughter´s Death

Posted on: September 8th, 2011

A father, whose daughter was killed by a careless driver who had just passed his driving test, has been awarded 25,000 pounds by Cardiff Court of Civil Justice for the psychological injury he endured as a result of the fatal accident.

Terence Jones, of Ebbw Vale, Powys, told the court how the death of his daughter, Louise (16), along with three friends in November 2006 had caused him to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In a civil case taken against the careless driver – Craig Ramshaw (22) – Mr Jones claimed that he was a secondary victim and was supported in his claim by psychiatrist Dr David Thomas. Dr Thomas gave expert testimony that Mr Jones had required psychiatric treatment since the accident at Llangynidr Moors.

The judge told Mr Jones that no sum of money could compensate for the loss of a daughter, but agreed with the plaintiff that he had suffered a psychological injury and awarded him personal injury compensation of 25,000 pounds – the settlement to be made by Mr Ramshaw´s car insurance company.

40,000 Pounds Compensation for Abulance Emergency Misdiagnosis

Posted on: April 28th, 2011

The family of a Northumberland woman, who died after being misdiagnosed by an ambulance paramedic, has been awarded 40,000 pounds in ambulance emergency misdiagnosis compensation.

Denise Hopper (40) from Alnmouth, Northumberland, was brought to hospital after being involved in a car crash in December 2007, in which she broke several vertebrae and suffered fractured ribs. The paramedic who tended to her at the scene also diagnosed that she was suffering from dehydration, when in fact she had deep vein thrombosis. Denise then received the wrong treatment on her arrival at the hospital, and two weeks later suffered a heart attack and died.

Following an investigation into her death, Denise’s two children sought legal advice and filed an action against the North East Ambulance Service for failing to demonstrate adequate clinical skills. The North East Ambulance Service admitted there had been a failure to make a correct diagnosis, but did not admit liability for Denise’s death. Nonetheless, a compensation payment of 40,000 pounds for Denise’s children was agreed between legal representatives of the two sides.

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.

Operation Debris Leads to 350,000 Pounds Compensation

Posted on: October 19th, 2010

A 36-year-old man has received 350,000 pounds in operation debris compensation after part of a latex surgical glove was left in his throat following hospital surgery.

Wayne Williams, from Tooting, London, was taken to St. Georges Hospital in South West London for heart surgery in June 2006, during which a tracheotomy was performed to enable him to breathe.

After the surgery, Wayne experienced difficulties breathing and was referred back to the hospital for throat surgery, during which surgeons discovered a small piece of latex left behind in his trachea.

The latex debris was found to not only have been the cause of Wayne’s breathlessness, but had also permanently scarred his vocal chords.

St. George’s NHS Healthcare Trust admitted liability for medical negligence and the operation debris compensation settlement of 350,000 was agreed.

Undiagnosed Brain Tumour Compensation Awarded

Posted on: September 11th, 2010

A former Church of England assistant minister, whose brain tumour was left unattended for three years, is to receive a substantial out of court settlement for undiagnosed brain tumour compensation.

Adrian Underwood, aged 42, from Birmingham, had been studying a theology course in Nottingham in 2001, when he started to suffer severe headaches. He was sent to Nottingham University Hospital, where he underwent a brain scan which revealed a growth inside his skull, but no further action was taken and Adrian was discharged – being told he had nothing more serious than a migraine.

Adrian was not able to finish his course – moving back to Birmingham to take the position of a curate. However, his health continued to worsen, and it was during a medical investigation in 2004 to determine why Adrian was losing his sight that the much enlarged brain tumour was noticed after a scan at Birmingham Eye Hospital.

An emergency procedure removed a tumour the size of a lemon, which had forced down upon Adrian’s brain and formed a lump in his head. Adrian now suffers from constant fatigue and epilepsy as a result of this oversight – medical conditions which could have been avoided if the tumour had been removed after the initial scan.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust accepted liability but did not add any further comment.