Two Claimants have been awarded compensation after they were left brain damaged following negligent hospital treatment.
The first Claimant developed appendicitis and was admitted to Kent and Canterbury Hospital in 2012. The treatment he received left him with a serious brain injury. He continues to be able to walk and to carry out many activities; however, he has continuing cognitive impairment which can affect a person’s memory and ability to process information. The Court approved an award of £2 million to compensate him for his injuries.
The second Claimant was admitted to hospital when he was 2 years old for removal of his tonsils. He was already suffering from diabetes as a result of being born with kidney problems. Following the procedure, his brain was starved of oxygen resulting in him suffering brain damage. Now a teenager, he has continuing behavioural, cognitive and motor disabilities, which affect his quality of life. Although the value of the award has not been published, it is likely to have been significant as a result of the extent of his injuries.
If you attend hospital for medical treatment, whether pre-planned or as an emergency, you are owed a duty of care by the medical professionals who look after you. All medical professionals must adhere to guidelines provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Those guidelines outline what treatment is considered best practice when dealing with a range of symptoms and conditions.
The requirement to follow the NICE guidelines forms part of the duty of care that is owed to you by all medical professionals when you receive treatment. That duty of care extends to General Practitioners, nurses, healthcare assistants, doctors and surgeons. If a medical professional fails to follow the guidelines, they may have breached the duty of care they owe to you. If, by breaching the duty of care to you, the medical professional caused you to suffer pain and suffering you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for medical negligence.
At Jordans Solicitors we have a dedicated medical negligence team with the knowledge and expertise to advise you on a range of medical negligence issues. We will investigate and identify any breaches of duty in the treatment you received. We work with you to accurately identify the losses suffered as a result of any medical negligence and to ensure that you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you think you may have been a victim of medical negligence and would like advice on how to make a claim for compensation, please contact our medical negligence team on 01924 457 171 or request a call back.