Case Study Of Medical Negligence

Medical negligence cases address very sensitive and complex issues. Most clients want a full investigation of events, answers to their many questions and an explanation of why things happened as they did.

The cases summarised below illustrate some of the cases and situations in which Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Medical Negligence team has achieved some degree of justice for clients, often in distressing circumstances.

DEATH OF PATIENT FROM UNDIAGNOSED DVT

We recently acted for the bereaved family of a lady who was admitted to hospital for treatment of a urinary tract infection. Unfortunately during this admission she suffered a DVT, which was not diagnosed promptly by the hospital staff, causing her death. We assisted the family with the Inquest, and subsequently a clinical negligence claim, which we managed to settle despite the Defendant NHS Trust initially denying liability for the lady’s death.

SIX-FIGURE SETTLEMENT FOR BOWEL PERFORATION CASE

Our client suffered a bowel perforation during a cholecystectomy procedure, as a result of which he required emergency surgery. His subsequently developed sepsis, wound problems, kidney problems and weakness of his abdominal wall, but in addition he suffered complex problems including epilepsy and issues with his diaphragm, together with psychological stress and speech difficulties. The medical issues were therefore complicated, some of which were disputed by the Defendant, but we secured a substantial out-of-court settlement.

TRAGIC SUICIDE CASE

This was a desperately sad case arising from the tragic events surrounding the death of our client’s wife, who had a history of mental health issues. She was admitted to hospital but, despite the staff being aware of her history of self-harm, and having undertaken a detailed Ligature Risk Assessment (which arose from several patients having hung themselves in the unit previously) that identified a telephone booth within the unit as being a particular risk, our client’s wife was able to access the booth and hang herself with the telephone cord. We were approached by our client for assistance with the Inquest into his late wife’s death, and were able to draw the subsequent civil claim to a swift conclusion by way of negotiation.

REPRESENTATION FOR BEREAVED FAMILY AT FOUR-DAY INQUEST

We were approached by the family of a gentleman who tragically took his own life shortly after being discharged from hospital, having been taken there due to concerns for his mental well-being. We were concerned that he should have been admitted to hospital for assessment, but the Inquest was listed for a brief half-day hearing by the Coroner, which we viewed as totally inadequate to deal with the issues involved. As a result of our submissions, the hearing became a full Article 2 Inquest before a jury, covering four days. Vital witness evidence was gathered from the individuals involved in the gentleman’s treatment (including some contradictory evidence from the Police and the Defendant Trust’s medical staff), which was absolutely key in settling the subsequent civil case. We consider cases such as this of huge importance not only to the bereaved families, but also to the wider public where issues of patient safety are involved.

Further Settled Medical Negligence Cases


Suffering from medical negligence whilst under the care of a professional can have a detrimental, or even fatal, effect on your health. When you seek medical assistance, you should feel safe in the hands of a doctor or nurse, yet this isn't always the case. Access Legal has dealt with medical negligence cases, and our expert lawyers are always on hand to help you get the compensation you may deserve.

Examples of medical negligence cases can be anything from a delayed or misdiagnosis, to the conditions within the hospital or GP surgery – we've got experts on hand to help guide you through any claim you wish to make. If you feel you're entitled to compensation, take a look through our medical negligence case studies today.

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    Award for fatal necrotising fasciitis infection following hysterectomy

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    Surgical Injury to kidney and bladder during hysterectomy

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    Settlement following perforations to bowel during a colonoscopy

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    Parents struggle to get truth about son's death

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    Hospital failure to prevent injury

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    Fatality after Wrong Tablets Dispensed by Chemist

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    Fatal sepsis misdiagnosed as upset stomach

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    Family compensated for negligent care by care home

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    Delay in kidney failure diagnosis

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    Tragic death of a grandmother from Coventry after a delay in diagnosis of cancer

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    Sepsis compensation after prostate biopsy

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    £40,000 compensation for resident left critically ill after a two week stay in a care home

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    Patient left unattended immediately after surgery

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    Compensation for disastrous blood transfusion

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    Compensation for delayed colon cancer diagnosis and substandard hip replacement

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    Award for negligent delay in performing emergency spinal surgery for slipped disc

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    Mother of two died following negligent treatment of knee infection

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    Award for delay in diagnosing and treating juvenile idopathic arthritis

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    Avoidable fatal complications after hernia surgery

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    Avoidable death followed repeated failures to diagnose heart infection

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