Medical Claims Solicitors

Medical claims solicitors enable you to recover compensation when you or a loved one has suffered a loss, injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to the negligence of a medical practitioner who owed you a duty of care. Solicitors who provide legal representation in medical claims for compensation look beyond the initial trauma that has been suffered and consider what the long-term implications of the injury may be – not only for you as the victim, but for those around you who may have to help you through your recovery from an injury. To get specific, individual advice about medical compensation claims, call and speak directly with a medical claims solicitor

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.

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.

Gum Disease Oversight Compensation Award of 10,000 Pounds

Posted on: October 18th, 2010

A woman whose dentist did not notice her gum disease has settled a compensation claim for 10,000 pounds after losing six teeth.

Victoria Walker (34) of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, has won a five-figure gum disease oversight compensation settlement against a Newcastle dentist after visiting a new dentist when she moved in August 2005, who discovered a severe case of gum disease due to dental neglect.

Victoria had visited her previous dentist every six months over a time period of three years and, despite having regular x-rays as part of her treatment, the gum disease and several other oral problems were never identified.

Remedial treatment involved a deep cleansing process which required four sessions with her new dentist and the removal of six teeth to access the diseased area. Victoria took legal guidance, and a compensation settlement of 10,000 pounds was agreed.

Deadly Drug Error Led to Patients Death

Posted on: September 15th, 2010

The family of Albert Matthews, 65, previously of Broseley in Shropshire, have agreed a 15,000 pounds medical negligence compensation settlement with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, after they admitted medical negligence which led to Mr. Matthews’ death.

Mr Matthews had been taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford in September 2006, complaining of a shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with pneumonia in his upper lung, taken to hospital and given Tramadol and Haloperidol.

His condition continued to deteriorate, and several days later he was given 4mg of the painkilling drug Lorazepam. The cocktail of painkillers and sedatives put Mr Matthews into respiratory arrest, which lead to cardiac arrest and he died the next day.

In the medical negligence case against the hospital, it was claimed that these three drugs were known to affect breathing when administered together, and that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust had failed in their duty of care towards Mr. Matthews.

The Trust initially refuted the claim – stating that appropriate medical treatment had been given – but have now admitted that the combination of drugs did lead to Mr. Matthews’ premature death and have apologised to the family as well as agreeing to a compensation payment of 15,000 pounds.

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.