Medical Negligence - Case Studies
B v Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:
A claim for damages arising from a delay in diagnosis of cervical cancer. Initially we were instructed to consider a case against the client’s GP but following investigations expert evidence from a histopathologist was obtained which identified that our client’s cervical smears had been reported negligently by the Defendant Trust. By the time the cancer was diagnosed the client had a 5cm tumour of the uterine cervix. Our client required radiotherapy and chemotherapy and the treatment resulted in the premature onset of the menopause and consequent infertility. Owing to physical and psychological problems our client was unable to return to work on a full-time basis. Richard achieved a settlement of £450,000 for the client which included compensation for her injuries, her future loss of earnings and future treatment costs.
P v Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust:
We secured a settlement of £300,000 for a young man who sustained a fractured wrist which the hospital failed to initially diagnose. Despite surgery it was concluded that the wrist would never fully recover and a wrist fusion would eventually be required. The injury had a profound effect upon our client who was a bricklayer by trade and thus the injury had an effect upon his ability to work.
T v Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust:
We represented the estate of lady who had negligently acquired a pressure sore whilst under the care of the Defendant Trust. The pressure sore became infected and the Claimant sadly died of septicaemia. We secured an admission of liability from the Trust and damages were awarded for the deceased’s pain and suffering and her daughter’s dependency totalling £87,500.
F v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:
We secured a settlement of £700,000 for an elderly client who had lost his sight due to a delay in diagnosing thyroid eye disease for which urgent treatment is required. The settlement monies enabled our client to move house, pay for house adaptations, future care and purchase necessary aids and equipment.