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Medical Clinical Negligence

Damage to spinal accessory nerve during biopsy of lymph node

Defendants – Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

The Facts Client was referred to the hospital by her GP for an opinion on an enlarged lymph node on her neck. She was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a biopsy, and a consent form was signed. Soon after the biopsy, the client noticed that her right arm was painful and swollen. Her GP provided painkillers...

Damaged left ureter during ileal pouch surgery loss of a kidney

£390,000 Defendants - Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust The Facts The client was a 40 year old man who had ulcerative colitis. He needed an ileal pouch formed after a colectomy. Unfortunately during surgery at Glenfield Hospital he suffered irreversible...

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) - leading to Pulmonary Embolus (PE) and death

£60,000

The Facts The claimant, a woman of 53 years old, was in a long stay hospital when she developed a hot swollen leg. The doctors looking after her did not examine her properly and as a result failed to realise that she had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in her leg.

Dislocated shoulder - failure to diagnose

£950,000
Defendant: Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

The client was a 35 year old man who suffered sudden pain in his shoulder after a fall out of bed one night. He was taken to the Accident and Emergency dept of his local hospital. He was sent home after having an X-ray...

Failure to carry out shoulder replacement correctly

£70,000
Defendant: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

The Facts The claimant, a 50 year old woman, had successfully undergone a right shoulder replacement in 2003. She regained full pain free movement. A few years later, her left shoulder started causing her problems and she returned to the same surgeon who...

Failure to diagnose hyponatraemia (low sodium levels in the blood) leading to a fall and fractures

£25,000

The Facts Mary, a 45 year old woman was admitted to hospital because of vomiting. She was put on a drip and bedrest. After her admission, she became disorientated and began suffering from hallucinations. 5 days after her admission, she fell and banged her...

Failure to diagnose scaphoid fracture

£2,500 The Facts Our client fell awkwardly on her hand when playing sports. She attended her GP who referred her to hospital for x-rays to be undertaken to rule out an injury to the scaphoid bone. X-rays were taken; she was diagnosed with a sprain...

Failure to take appropriate care during anaesthetic process

£3,000 The Facts Our client underwent a routine surgical procedure under general anaesthetic, during which time he was sedated. The procedure went well and he was discharged from hospital a few days later. Following surgery, one of his teeth snapped...

Hernia Repair, bowel damage

£15,000

The Facts The client was admitted to hospital for a hernia repair, which started as a laparoscopic or keyhole procedure, but was converted to an open procedure because of difficulties during surgery. She was supposed to be monitored for the next 2-3 days...

Laparoscopic sterilisation

£375,000
Defendants: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

The Facts A 30 year old lady underwent an elective laparoscopic or keyhole sterilisation. The operation had to be converted to an open procedure due to complications during the procedure. 2 days following the sterilisation surgery, her condition began to...

Loss of testicle in boy of 14

£15,000
Defendant: GP

A 14 year old boy woke up with excruciating lower abdominal pain. His parents took the right action and immediately took their son to their General Practitioner...

Missed diagnosis of a fracture in both elbows

Background: This claim involved a case against the Claimant’s employer and against the hospital that dealt with his follow up care...

Ototoxicity: damage to the ears from gentamycin

£35,000
Defendants: Whipps Cross University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Facts An 81 year old man was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with heart block. He was given a pacemaker. Approximately 4 months after this, he began to suffer from flu like symptoms. He attended hospital and was diagnosed with infective...

Poor standard of perineal repair

£2,000
Defendant: Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Basildon Hospital)

The claimant was pregnant with her first child. Following delivery, it was noticed that she had sustained a second degree tear...

Ruptured spleen, failure to diagnose

£500,000

The Facts The client was a 65 year old man who had a blow to his abdomen and suffered severe pain as a result. So he went to the casualty department of his local hospital. He was examined and sent home despite his severe ongoing pain. He attended a second...

Scaphoid fracture - failure to diagnose

£60,000
Defendants: West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The Facts The claimant, a man of 23 years old, had an injury playing football. He fell and hurt his wrist and went to hospital. X-rays were taken but a fracture to the scaphoid bone was missed on the films and he was sent home without treatment.

Spinal Cord Injury - failure to diagnose

£500,000

The Facts The Claimant, a man of 45 years old who had drunk some alcohol, was involved in a road traffic accident when he was hit by a bus and injured. He was taken to hospital and the casualty doctors failed to recognise that he had suffered a spinal injury.

Spinal Cord Injury - failure to diagnose TB

£460,000

The Facts The claimant, a woman of 83 years old, was admitted to hospital suffering from back pain. Whilst she was on the ward she started to suffer sudden excruciating back pain and neurological symptoms. It was a weekend and it was not until 4 days later that she was properly examined and a diagnosis of TB in the spine was made.

Swab Retained Inside Patient

£9,000
Defendants: Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Claimant was admitted to hospital to give birth to her first child. Complications arose during delivery....

Temporal Arteritis, missed diagnosis

£100,000

The Facts The client was an 83 year old lady who had been diagnosed with cataracts. She was on a waiting list to have the cataracts extracted. She started to suffer from persistent and excruciating headache and she also had difficulty eating because it was..

Total Knee Replacement, oversized prosthesis

£30,000

The Facts The client was a 73 year old woman who was advised to have a total knee replacement. After her surgery, she was in a great deal of pain but she was reassured and sent home with painkillers.. The pain was excruciating and did not improve. She saw...