Medical Negligence Claims Solicitors

Medical negligence claims solicitors enable you to recover compensation when you or a loved one have suffered an injury, a loss 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 negligence claims for compensation look beyond the initial trauma that has been suffered and consider what the long-term consequences of the injury may be – not only for you as the victim, but also for friends and family who may have to help you through your recovery from an injury. To get specific, individual advice about medical negligence compensation claims, call and speak directly with an experienced medical negligence claims solicitor

Seven Figure Medical Negligence Compensation Award Anticipated

Posted on: June 9th, 2011

A ten-year-old child, who was brain damaged at birth due to alleged hospital malpractice, has won his battle for medical negligence compensation.

Joseph O’Reggio from was born in April 2001. Before his delivery, Mr Justice Tugendhat was told at London´s High Court, Joe was deprived of oxygen and suffered brain damage as a result.

The results of this birth injury left Joe suffering from cerebral palsy, wheelchair bound and suffering from severe learning difficulties. The Court was also told how Joe is  not able to speak or feed himself.

It was alleged in an medical negligence compensation action against the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust that medical staff should have realised earlier that Joe was in distress and brought forward his delivery.

Though the NHS Trust did not accept that Joe´s injuries were caused by medical negligence, they agreed on the day prior to the trial was due to commence to admit 80 per cent liability for the claim, which will now go for assessment of damages.

Mr Justice Tugendhat gave approval for the medical negligence compensation agreement, stating his sympathy and best wishes to Joe´s parents.

1 Million Pounds Heart Surgery Medical Negligence Compensation

Posted on: May 7th, 2011

Two teenagers, who claimed to have suffered disability following heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary when they were children, have each had heart surgery medical negligence compensation awards of 500,000 pounds approved in the High Court.

The teenagers – Kristian Dixon (19) and Jessica Johnson (18) – were both infants when undergoing heart surgery at the hospital in 1992 and 1993 respectively.  Mr Dixon alleged that brain damage sustained when he was sixteen months caused cognitive and learning difficulties, while Ms Johnson has required permanent care ever since her heart surgery.

It was claimed at the High Court in London that both had sustained extensive brain damage due to professional misconduct by Surgeon Mr James Wisheart and hospital manager Dr John Roylance – who were struck off following a review into the deaths of 29 babies at the hospital between 1988 and 1995 – and Dr Janardan Dhasmana, who was barred from performing heart surgery at a disciplinary hearing in 1999.

In approving the awards, which were agreed by United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust without admission of liability, Mr Justice Owen commended the families of both teenagers for the devoted care they had given over the years.

Rib Medical Negligence Claim Settled

Posted on: March 10th, 2011

A woman who awoke from surgery to discover her right arm was paralysed, has settled her claim for rib medical negligence against St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.

Martina Coyne (aged 39) of Castlepollard, County Westmeath, had suffered all her life with the congenital abnormality of an extra rib. The rib caused her to suffer pain and discomfort in the right side of her neck and chest and, in August 2000, she was admitted to the hospital to have it removed.

However, on waking from her surgery, Martina discovered that she could not move her right arm while at the same time it was causing her intense pain. It was alleged in the High Court that Martina had pleaded with her doctors to amputate the arm because of the pain she was experiencing.

After investigation, it was argued, that damage had been suffered to the blood vessels supplying blood to Martina’s arm, and corrective surgery was required to repair the damage caused by medical negligence.

DePuy Hip Replacements Cause Confusion

Posted on: January 21st, 2011

Despite promises by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that the vast majority of people who had DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacements implanted will not need revision surgery, an expert professor from Newcastle has claimed that as many as 50% of Irish victims would need new hips within 6 years.

Dr. Thomas Joyce, a reader in biotribology at the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, has said during a conference in Dublin that, of the 3,516 DePuy hip replacement systems that have been implanted in Ireland since 2003, about 50% will need replacing within 6 years.

His allegations are based on studies of over 500 DePuy hip replacement patients in the U.K. – more than half of whom have experienced a joint failure within this period due to the “metallic wear debris” that can cause tissue damage and weaken the bone surrounding the implant. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc has already noticed a “higher than expected” failure rate and recalled the faulty ASR Articular Surface and ASR XL Acetabular systems late last year.

However, the HSE says that it has already conducted blood tests and precautionary x-rays on 2,022 patients as a precautionary measure, and has found very few who currently require revision surgery. They intend to continue to monitor the patients over a five year period under an agreement with DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.

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.

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.