One woman, paralysed from the waist down in the wake of a botched surgical procedure, is pursuing medical negligence compensation to the sum of £300,000 from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, according to accident claim experts familiar with the case.
Personal injury compensation experts writing for the Plymouth Herald newspaper stated that Camborne, Cornwall native, Mary Dacey, had been transferred to Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital after her suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage worsened whilst at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Court documents say that the Derriford’s trainee surgeons attempted to carry out a lumbar puncture on Ms Dacey unsuccessfully, resulting in the middle-aged woman being unable to move her legs the day following the botched procedure, and that the procedure had been attempted even though Ms Dacey had been taking anticoagulant medication at the time, a substance known to contribute to an increased risk of haemorrhaging.
Healthy and fit previous to the incident, Ms Dacey now has no choice but to be relegated to the confinement of a wheelchair, a tragic turn of events for a woman who was the primary carer for her elderly mother prior to the botched lumbar puncture. Adding insult to injury, the woman is now doubly incontinent, and substandard hospital treatment is to blame, according to a writ filed in the High Court of London.
When approached for comment, a Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust spokesperson declined, stating that it would not be appropriate to do so as the case was still working its way through the courts. Legal industry experts agree that Ms Dacey could receive a substantial compensation award from the NHS in the event that liability is admitted by hospital staff for her life-changing injuries.