Some of our medical negligence cases
Action against South Warwickshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Summary: Daniel Kunigiskis died aged just four days after errors were made at Warwick Hospital during his birth. The mismanagement of his birth led to him suffering hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (lack of oxygen), resulting in a severe brain injury.
An inquest into Daniel's death attended by our Head of Medical Negligence, Jeanette Whyman, heard how three different midwives failed to read Daniel's mother, Sarah's antenatal notes, which would have revealed her as a medium risk patient. One of the midwives had a history of making mistakes, and there was a failure by staff to monitor the foetal heartbeat properly.
The hospital admitted liability, and the family received a five-figure settlement. Many national newspapers reported Daniel's case.
Action against University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Summary: Stephanie Bell, 19, died after doctors sent her home instead of giving her vital nutrients, which would have saved her life. Her family received an out-of-court settlement from the hospital. This case was reported by the Daily Mail.
"The family of a teenage girl who starved to death after doctors failed to give her a life-saving drip have received a five-figure payout, after health chiefs were found guilty of 'gross failings'."
Action against East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Summary: Our client underwent a hip replacement operation; his hip was painful and regularly dislocated following the surgery. After being reviewed by a new consultant, our client was diagnosed with malposition of the acetabular component of the hip replacement, which resulted in the subluxation ofter the joint. He, therefore, underwent a further hip replacement operation to replace the prosthesis, which relieved the pain, and he has not suffered any further dislocation. The hospital did not admit liability, but offers were made, subsequently settling the matter.
Action against Stratford Dermotherapy Clinic
Summary: Our client suffered significant scarring to her chest as a child after an accident with boiling water, which she had learnt to accept. As an adult, she was persuaded by a doctor at Stratford Dermotherapy Clinic that laser type plastic surgery to the neck and chest would reduce the appearance of the scarring and help rejuvenate the skin. The result was quite the opposite: the treatment caused further scarring to the chest area due to the negligent approach of the practitioner. The clinic admitted liability, and the case was settled in our client's favour.
Action against Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham
Summary: Our client is a self-employed boiler fitter who, after suffering considerable pain in his elbow (due to the manual nature of his work), agreed to undergo an operation on the advice of a professor at Queens Medical Centre, a respected orthopaedic surgeon. Before the procedure, the professor failed to give our client the range of options open to him (of which operating was just one). The professor also failed to outline the risks associated with surgery, i.e., it might not work - he also informed our client that the recovery period was three weeks. Our client's elbow did not make a full recovery as expected, and the recovery period was 12 months which necessitated a considerable time off work. The case was settled in our client's favour, and damages for pain and loss of wages were made.
Missed diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer
Summary: Our client's wife visited the hospital for a chest x-ray, which revealed the presence of a lesion on her lung. The hospital did not take any action, nor did they follow up. Following a deterioration in her health, our client's wife made another appointment with the hospital, which revealed that she had lung cancer. She died three months later. The hospital admitted liability for the original missed diagnosis, and we settled the case in our client's favour.
Matter: Mistreatment of periodontal disease
Summary: The dentist treating our client did not recognise the symptoms of periodontal disease and thus failed to treat it properly. She was referred for surgery, which, had the disease been diagnosed and treated earlier, could have been avoided. The claim was settled in our client's favour.
Action against Harley Medical Group
Summary: Our client Pearl Richman underwent a face, neck and eye lift. Due to a negligently thin skin dissection and excessive diathermy, she suffered painful necrotic changes on her lower cheek and jawline, resulting in the need for further laser treatment. She has been left with scarring along her jawline. Pearl's case was reported in many national newspapers.