Category: Clinical Negligence News

Hip op patient receives compensation after pin is left in

Hip op patient receives compensation after pin is left in

A man has received £4,000 in compensation after a piece of medical equipment was left inside him following an operation.

David Bould, 54, went into the University Hospital of Hartlepool in April 2008 to have his hip replaced due to general wear and tear.

Originally, it was thought that the operation had been a success. However, an x-ray revealed that the guide pin had been left inside Mr Bould’s body.

He had to go for another operation to have the equipment removed, which he claims caused him unnecessary suffering.

"To be told that they had made a mistake and would have to operate again was a huge shock," he commented.

Mr Bould took legal action against North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and has now secured £4,000 in compensation. A spokesperson said procedures have now been changed to avoid such incidents happening in the future.

Anyone who has suffered as a result of a medical practitioner not exercising what is seen as a normal standard of care and skill may have good grounds for a clinical negligence claim.

Nurse sues own hospital after alleged blunders

Nurse sues own hospital after alleged blunders

A nurse is taking legal action against the hospital where she works, claiming that she almost died after having treatment there.

Susan Melo, 47, has worked at Whittington Hospital in Highgate for three years and was admitted as a patient for a hysterectomy earlier this month.

However, she alleges that staff ignored a family history of thrombosis and gave her an epidural which meant that she could not move her legs for three days.

Ms Melo went on to develop blood clots in both lungs and claims that if she had not had prior medical knowledge, she would not be alive today.

"If I hadn’t been a nurse I would have died. I wouldn’t have been able to challenge them," she remarked.

Ms Melo is now taking legal action against the hospital. A spokesperson said an investigation is being conducted but did not comment further.

Clinical negligence injuries can occur a result of improper medical treatment, mistakes made during surgery, a delayed medical condition diagnosis, bad medical advice, poor dental care and various other problems. Anyone affected should seek legal advice.

Parents win right to sue over errors in treatment

Parents win right to sue over errors in treatment

The parents of a girl who died after being given a massive overdose of radiation have been given permission to sue an NGS trust for clinical negligence.

Lisa Norris, 16, was having treatment for a brain tumour at the Beatson cancer centre in Glasgow in 2006, but doctors mistakenly gave her too much radiation. They then stopped the treatment after discovering the error.

Her parents Ken and Liz claim that Lisa would have lived had doctors not stopped the treatment and are taking legal action against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

"The health authorities should be called to account for what happened to Lisa," Mr Norris said.

Experts opined after Lisa’s death that she should have had a 60 per cent chance of survival from her cancer if she had been treated properly.

The NHS trust declined to comment on the case or the legal action.

According to Cancer Research UK, approximately 4,500 people in the UK are diagnosed with brain and central nervous system tumours every year.


Family secures damages after death of pensioner

Family secures damages after death of pensioner

Compensation is to be paid to the family of a woman who died after falling from her hospital bed.

Joan Wheel was taken to York Hospital in November 2007, suffering from ulcers on her legs because of insect bites.

However, during her stay, she fell from her bed at least three times after being left in a bed without side railings.

Ms Wheel sustained serious head injuries after the last fall and died after six days.

After an inquiry, York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust admitted that the standard of care provided to Ms Wheel had been "below that to be reasonably expected" and agreed to an undisclosed civil compensation payout.

It apologised for the impact the death has had upon the family.

Clinical negligence occurs when a professional in the health service provides care that is deemed to be below par and this causes physical injury, death or distress. Compensation may be claimed as a result.

Man left brain damaged secures over £1m in compensation

Man left brain damaged secures over ٟm in compensation

A man who was left permanently brain damaged after hospital staff did not properly treat him for a head injury is to receive more than £1 million in compensation.

Joseph Neale, now 65, fell from a skip in summer 2002 and was taken to North Tyneside Hospital.

Although he was examined by staff, it was not noticed that Mr Neale had bleeding on the brain and he was placed on a general ward.

It was only when Mr Neale’s condition began to deteriorate overnight that he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital for emergency treatment.

Unfortunately, it was too late to repair the injury and Mr Neale was left with permanent brain damage and now needs 24-hour care.

His daughter Helen Todd took legal action against Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which has now agreed to a seven-figure payout to cover Mr Neale’s care.

"It is incredibly distressing to see someone you love in that condition, but for it to have happened as a result of someone else’s errors makes it even more galling," she commented.

As with all compensation claims, the clinical negligence (including the misdiagnosis of a medical condition) must cause further injury, pain or suffering in order for the case to be successful and a payout to be made.


Couple sue NHS for 'wrongful birth'

Couple sue NHS for wrongful birth

A couple are suing the NHS for failing to pick up their son’s physical abnormalities in the womb and therefore robbing them of their chances to have an abortion.

The parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had a 20-week abnormality scan at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but claim that the sonographer performed in too light-hearted a manner and did not properly look for problems.

The child was born with severe mental and physical disabilities, but the couple claim that had they found out about this at the scan beforehand, they would have aborted the foetus, the Daily Mail reports.

As a result, they are suing Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust for the ‘wrongful birth’ of their son, now 14, in the hope of being awarded a payout for his long-term care.

The trust denies liability and a hearing into the case is continuing.

According to, about half of all major abnormalities will be seen on the 20-week scan. If a problem is found or suspected, an appointment will be made with a foetal medical specialist and options such as abortion or operations in the womb will be discussed.

Parents awarded damages after teenager dies in hospital

Parents awarded damages after teenager dies in hospital

The parents of a teenager who died in hospital after being given drugs that were later described as inappropriate have been awarded damages by an NHS trust.

Alexander Newton, 18, had Duchenne muscular dystrophy and was being treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath in 2005.

However, he was given the strong painkiller cocodamol and the sleeping drug Zopiclone and went on to suffer hallucinations and three respiratory arrests.

Alexander died after 16 days in hospital.

His parents Barrie Newton, 60, and Pamela, 58, took legal action against the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust for clinical negligence after a coroner ruled that the drugs "took their toll" on their son’s health, although they did not kill him directly.

Although the NHS trust did not admit liability, it has agreed to a "considered sum of money" to compensate for the distress caused to Alexander before his death.

Zopiclone is a hypnotic sleeping drug and a side effect listed by RDS Alert is palpitations in some patients.

Pryers bus now on the streets of York

Pryers bus now on the streets of York

Pryers Solicitors has now unveiled its very own bus in York! At a time when most companies are tightening belts, Pryers Solicitors LLP remains extremely busy and is even recruiting for another two solicitors to join its team. The firm specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury work.

Principal Ian Pryer commented: "The bus will continue to spread the word about Pryers. It is part of a much larger advertising campaign that we are running throughout the region."

Pryers Solicitors LLP specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury accidents. If you think you could have a claim in either area, please call the specialists on 0800 316 0166.


£6.3m settlement for girl injured at birth

٤.3m settlement for girl injured at birth

An NHS trust has awarded compensation of £6.3 million to the parents of a girl who was left brain damaged due to mistakes at her birth.

Ellie Matraves was born clinically dead at Lister Hospital in Herfordshire in 2002 because medical staff had not noticed that she was showing signs of distress, the high court heard.

She had to be aggressively resuscitated for several hours and developed cerebral palsy, leaving her with communication problems and a reduced developmental age, the BBC reports.

Her parents Claire and Colin Matraves took legal action against the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust for clinical negligence.

"We feel it is important for people to understand that if it hadn’t been for the hospital’s appalling negligence, our daughter would have been born a healthy non-disabled baby girl," they said in a statement.

The trust admitted liability and has agreed to a £2.4 million lump sum payout, as well as annual payments to cover care for the rest of Ellie’s life.

According to Scope, one in 400 children in the UK suffers from cerebral palsy. Around ten per cent of cerebral palsy compensation claims are due to complications at birth.


Britons warned against 'potentially dangerous' plastic surgery

Britons warned against potentially dangerous plastic surgery

People in the UK have been warned that they may be risking permanent scarring or disfigurement by opting to have plastic surgery at unscrupulous clinics.

According to evidence published by Which?, cited by the Daily Mail, prospective patients are being subjected to hard sales techniques, instead of being recommended what is best for them.

"For some clinics, it’s all about getting people through the till, rather than patient care," said Douglas McGeorge, past president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

One woman, Elizabeth Wilkins, has recently received compensation after a botched breast augmentation.

The 52-year-old was left "looking like a patchwork quilt" after a series of operations to correct it.

In order for a clinical negligence claim against a plastic surgeon to be successful, a solicitor must establish that the surgeon breached a duty of care agreement between him or her and the patient.

Since there were no formal qualification checks on plastic surgeons prior to April 2002, it may be easier to prove negligence in plastic surgery cases than in other medical fields.