Medical negligence cases
Matter: 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, the client suffered painful necrotic changes on her lower cheek and jawline resulting in the need for further laser treatment. She has been left with scaring along her jaw line. This was reported in many nationals newspapers.
Matter: Action against South Warwickshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Summary: Daniel Kunigiskis died aged just four days after errors made at Warwick Hospital during the baby’s delivery. The mismanagement of his birth led to him suffering hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (lack of oxygen) resulting in a severe brain injury.
An inquest, attended by Jeanette Whyman, was held which heard how three different midwives failed to read 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. This again was reported by many national newspapers.
Matter: Action against University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
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 pay-out, after health chiefs were found guilty of 'gross failings'.
Stephanie Bell, 19, died after doctors sent her home instead of giving her vital nutrients which would have saved her life. The family received an out-of-court settlement from the hospital. This case was reported by the Daily Mail.
Matter: Action against East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Summary: Claimant underwent a hip replacement operation in 2008 following which the hip was painful and regularly dislocated. On being reviewed by a new consultant in 2008 he was diagnosed with a malposition of the acetabular component of the hip replacement which resulted in the subluxation of the joint. He therefore underwent a further hip replacement operation to replace the prosthesis which relieved the pain and has not suffered any further dislocation. Liability was not admitted but offers were made and the matter was subsequently settled.
Matter: Action against Stratford Dermotherapy Clinic
Summary: Our client suffered significant scarring to her chest as a child after an accident with boiling water, a fact 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.
Matter: Action against Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham
Our client is a self-employed boiler maker 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. Prior to the operation, the professor failed to give our client the range of options open to him (of which operating was just one) and failed to outline the risks associated with surgery i.e. that it might not work and informed him that the recovery period was three weeks. In the event, our clients 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.
Matter: Missed diagnosis of early stage lung cancer
Summary: Our client’s wife visited hospital in 2007 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 clients wife made another appointment with the hospital in 2012 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.