After surgeons mistakenly removed her stomach, one pensioner has gone on to make a medical negligence claim, being awarded with a significant sum in a personal injury compensation award.
The Rugeley, Staffordshire grandmother of four, 74 years of age, had been incorrectly diagnosed with stomach cancer seven years ago, undergoing a major surgical procedure to remove what was supposed to have been a life-threatening tumour, according to her medical negligence solicitors. However, hospital staff soon found that the procedure had not been necessary, as the mass in her stomach was benign, but her preliminary test results had been incorrectly interpreted by staff at Cannock Chase and Stafford General hospitals.
Now, as the legal battle rages on, members of the pensioner’s legal team have called for the NHS Trust for Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals to prove that lessons have been learned. The elderly woman, and her family, have been devastated by the experience, according to one of her legal representatives, as not only did she need to go through the trauma of being led to believe that the tumour in her stomach was a life-threatening one and face the frightening reality of a major surgical procedure, but then learn that she had her stomach removed for no reason whatsoever, simply because some test results were interpreted incorrectly.
The 74 year old grandmother, who wished for her identity to be kept from the press, was paid an undisclosed sum in order to provide care and support, yet her legal representatives say that she is particularly furious that the doctors providing her care didn’t inform her of the news, but was instead made aware of the terrible mistake by other staff members indirectly.
Medical negligence solicitors for one London woman have been victorious in making sure the woman, who had been subject to a botched cosmetic procedure, will receive a substantial sum in personal injury compensation, experts recently reported.
Kensington native Charlotte Cripps, a writer living on Ladbroke Grove, agreed to undergo an Intense Pulsed Light procedure after a friend recommended it to her, according to accident claim experts familiar with the case. However, after the treatment, which is designed to smooth complexion, Ms Cripps fears she may have been scarred for life by the procedure.
Ms Cripps remarked in a recent interview with the BBC that she began to experience intense pain when the spa technician administering the treatment to her waved the IPL device over her chest and face. The injured woman also remarked how painful and raw the red burn marks had been on her chest in the wake of the treatment, drawing similarities to livestock branded with a red hot iron.
Ms Cripps, a writer working for the Independent newspaper, made a personal injury compensation claim against the insurance company of the salon, with the end result being a sizable award rumoured to be in the five figures. According to statements given by the arts writer, she states that supervision of those administering procedures such as IPL and Botox should be subject to legal regulation.
Heidi Worman, a paramedical cosmetic make-up expert, remarked that the deregulation of the laser and IPL industry was a step in what could very well prove to be the wrong path, commenting that protection to the public requires regulations being placed on these treatments.
After a six year old girl had to have both of her legs removed due to a medical condition when she was ten months old, her father has made a medical negligence claim on her behalf against the NHS foundation trust of the hospital where the procedure was performed.
Less than a year old at the time, little Miki Lin Gau had been admitted to the Peterborough District Hospital as she suffered from multiple organ failures, a bleeding disorder called coagulopathy, and septicaemic shock. According to the little girl’s medical negligence solicitors, medical staff had no choice but to perform a double amputation upon her legs in order to save her life.
Injury claims specialists writing for the Peterborough Evening Telegraph newspaper reported that Hou Chun Lin, the girl’s father, is making a compensation claim on behalf of his daughter, claiming that hospital staff had been negligent by failing to admit his daughter earlier than they did. The complainant’s High Court Writ reads that the young child had initially been taken to the Peterborough District Hospital’s accident and emergency ward with a skin infection, but hospital staff declined to admit her, instead telling her father to treat her with paracetamol at home.
However, her condition had taken a turn for the worse the following morning, prompting Mr Lin to once more return to the hospital. He was again told to return home, and it was only when he attempted a third time that his daughter was finally admitted, with the multiple organ failure and septicaemic shock she was suffering from responsible for the need for doctors to amputate both her legs.
The NHS trust for Ipswich Hospital has agreed to pay out nearly £7 million in medical negligence compensation for a boy who suffered an injury at birth that left him severely brain damaged.
Now seven years of age, the boy in question, whose name cannot be divulged to the public due to legal concerns, had been delivered at the Ipswich hospital but had suffered from oxygen deprivation during his birth, according to his medical negligence solicitors. As a result, he sustained serious injuries and is now left with both dystonia and cerebral palsy while also suffering from learning difficulties and impaired speech as well.
According to testimony given in the High Court, the hospital had performed negligently during the birth of the young boy, leading to his hypoxic injury. If hospital staff had delivered him in a more timely manner, it was said, the boy’s injuries would not have occurred, which would have resulted in him living a much more normal life.
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust agreed that the hospital was liable for the young boy’s medical conditions and furthermore agreed to make a personal injury compensation payment to the boy and his family of £6.94 million. A £3.25 million lump sum payment will first be disbursed to the injured boy, while £124,000 will be paid every year until 2023, when the annual payment amount will increase to a total of £175,000.
The award money will go towards lifelong care and support for the boy, as well as a specially adapted home. In the wake of the court decision, one NHS trust spokesperson issued an apology to both the boy and his family, stating that the standard of care he received at the time of his birth was well below where it should have been.
A botched hip surgical procedure has led to a £100,000 medical negligence case for the Coventry grandmother who underwent the operation.
According to an article in the Coventry Telegraph newspaper, Maggie Peabody, of Wood End, had been admitted to Rugby’s St Cross Hospital for a routine surgery to correct osteoarthritis that had developed in her hip. Medical negligence solicitors told the paper that Mrs Peabody had been told that the surgical procedure was quite simple, and that the surgeon performing her operation was very experienced.
However, during the procedure, her sciatic nerve had been severed accidentally. Mrs Peabody discovered that she had no feeling at all in her right leg after the anaesthetic from the procedure wore off, a condition her doctors informed her that she would suffer from for the rest of her life.
Following the incident, Mrs Peabody took legal advice and made a personal injury compensation claim for medical negligence against the NHS trust for the hospital. As a result, the mother of four has been given £100,000 in compensation, which will aid in paying for her future care costs and also adaptations to her accommodation.
The grandmother’s legal team’s spokesperson remarked that the mistakes that were made during her surgery were simply inexcusable. Mrs Peabody’s sciatic nerve should have been protected adequately to avoid its accidental severing, the spokesperson added, yet precautions were not properly taken.
The NHS Trust for the hospital investigated the incident, concluding that the standard of care of the hospital had been much lower than should have been expected from its medical staff. As a result, the surgeon who was responsible for the mistake is no longer employed by the trust.
One woman from Somerset has gone in search of medical negligence compensation from her dentist, after the medical professional not only extracted the incorrect tooth but then attempted to re-plant it after it spent two hours in a medical waste bin.
Kim Greed, aged forty four, told personal injury compensation experts that she had gone to the ADP dental practice in Wellington due to a painful infected tooth. However, the wrong tooth was pulled by her dentist, Justin George, leaving her with the infected one still in her mouth.
Mrs Green, upon returning home, quickly realised the mistake. She contacted the dental practice, who assured her that the tooth could be successfully re-planted and told her to return for additional dental surgery.
However, the Somerset native was suffering so much pain that evening that she was rushed to Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital. There she underwent emergency procedures to remove both the re-planted tooth and the infected one.
According to medical negligence solicitors familiar with the case, the hospital’s dental surgeon was ‘appalled’ by the state of Mrs Green’s dentistry after the situation was explained to him. As a result he reported Dr George immediately to both the General Dental Council and the local health authority, which suspended him in the wake of the incident.
After being informed that the tooth that had been extracted in error had been retrieved from a bin for medical waste which contained needles, saliva wipes, and bloodied tissues that had been used for treating several other dental patients, Mrs Green has decided to seek personal injury compensation from the dental practice. Mrs Green had to suffer through several blood tests and a round of anti hepatitis jabs as a precautionary measure as well, while Dr George is still suspended until his disciplinary hearing.
A medical negligence payout of £15,000 has been awarded to one popular close up magician in the wake of medics failing to notice a severed tendon in the man’s hand, accident claims experts recently reported.
Burbage, Leicestershire native, Kyle Summers, had been washing up when a cup shattered whilst in his hands. Thinking his career had just abruptly ended, the forty year old rushed to the George Eliot Hospital in order to receive treatment for deep cuts to his thumb, medical negligence solicitors say.
According to a recently published report by the Hinckley Times newspaper, Mr Summers underwent x-rays of his hand in order to ensure that there were no shattered china fragments lodged within his skin. Unfortunately for the close up magician, hospital staff neglected to notice that his tendon had been severed.
This severed tendon left Mr Summers without the ability to move his thumb, severely impacting his ability to perform the sleight-of-hand required of a professional magician.
Both a physiotherapist and Mr Summers’ local GP thought that the inability for him to move his thumb was the simple result of swelling. Unfortunately Mr Summers’ notes were erroneously marked, indicating that he had an intact tendon when he had nothing of the kind.
Six weeks had passed before the close up magician’s true problem came to light. Unfortunately for Mr Summers, his tendon had since deteriorated beyond the ability for modern medicine to repair it.
The illusionist was able to return to his work, however, after suffering through two painful surgical procedures and several months of physiotherapy. In an out of court settlement, the George Eliot NHS Trust awarded Mr Summers £15,000 in medical negligence.
One eleven year old girl has recently won her medical negligence claim for brain injuries suffered during her delivery, resulting in a personal injury compensation package in the millions of pounds.
London’s High Court was recently informed by Ella Franklin’s medical negligence solicitors that her brain became starved of oxygen during her birth, leading to both cerebral palsy and quadriplegia. Ella’s diagnosis left her with needing 24 hour care and has taken away her ability to ever live an independent lifestyle as well, according to accident claim specialists familiar with the case.
Ella’s family launched a medical negligence claim for personal injury compensation against the NHS Trust for Epsom and St Helier for her brain injuries. After admitting liability for the incident that lead to Ella’s brain injuries, the NHS Trust entered into an agreement with the 11 year old child’s family for an un-disclosed sum of compensatory damages.
The Franklin family will first receive a lump sum payment. Then, in order to provide care for Ella for the rest of her life, she will receive annual index linked and tax free payments for the rest of her life.
The Epsom and St Helier NHS trust has not released any actual figures in regards to how much compensatory damages will actually be paid to the Franklins. However, due to the high cost of Ella’s care and the level of her disability, the total settlement claim could quite easily turn out to be in the multiple millions in compensation.
The NHS trust, when given an opportunity to comment upon the monetary value of little Ella’s compensation award, declined to do so to members of the media.
According to recently released personal injury compensation figures, hospitals located in the North East have had to pay more than £22m in compensation from medical negligence cases in just one 12-month period.
Patients victimised by surgical blunders and hospital errors in the region have been keeping medical negligence solicitors busy, successfully pursuing more than £22.3 million in damages. The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is the largest NHS Trust in the area, was found to have paid out the most in compensation with a total of more than £7.11 million in combined payments.
The NHS Foundation Trusts for the City Hospitals Sunderland and Northumbria Healthcare came in second and third for large combined payouts. The former was found to have made more than £4 million in combined payments, while the latter had doled out £3.5 million in total.
Durham City native Christina Malcolm, aged forty three, was one of the region’s many victims of medical negligence. Ms Malcolm was left in need of round the clock care after both her doctor and hospital staff neglected to properly detect and diagnose her haemorrhage.
Her resultant injuries were so serious that the likelihood of her ever returning to work is extremely low. The NHS Trust for her hospital paid her a total of £4 million in injury compensation as a result.
One spokesperson for NHS North East remarked that the health service’s first priority was to make sure that both staff and patients in the region were kept safe. The spokesperson additionally said that those patients who had not received the suitable and expected standard of care should indeed be awarded compensatory damages.
One legal expert has recently recommended radical changes in order to reduce the costs associated with rampant medical negligence claims crippling Ireland’s health service.
Irish negligence expert, John Savage, has said that medical negligence solicitors have reported significant claims costs throughout the past 10 years. The accident claim expert added that this marked increase is especially prevalent with claims relating to birth injuries caused by doctor or midwife negligence that results in the baby suffering from cerebral palsy, which leads to a personal injury compensation payout that must support them for the rest of their natural lives.
Throughout the Celtic Tiger years, the costs associated with providing this specialised care have increased at a rate that far exceeds inflation and shows no signs of reduction or abatement. The State Claims Agency, a subdivision of the National Treasury Management Agency, manages the majority of these claims, with the compensatory damages paid to medical negligence victims disbursed indirectly by taxpayers through the Exchequer.
One other significant source of the costs of these negligence claims is from legal fees. The lawyers of the victims are particularly responsible for generating high legal costs, with one recent claim seeing a €4.5 million negligence compensation resulting in a €500,000 payout to her solicitor and more than €100,000 in fees paid to her senior counsel.
State Claims Agency director, Ciarán Breen, recently addressed the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, remarking that medical negligence claim legal costs have reached unsustainable levels, especially in light of the memorandum of understanding from the EU and the IMF that requires Ireland to take steps to reduce legal fees before the end of this year’s third quarter.