A recent case has provided a perhaps surprising judgment in relation to an application for anonymity in a medcial negligence matter. In the case of Zeromska-Smith v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 552 (QB) Spencer J rejected a woman’s application for anonymity in her claim against the NHS which was for more than £6 million damages.

The Claimant was seeking damages for psychiatric injury arising out of the stillbirth of her daughter. She suffered from disabling separation anxiety in relation to both her children born after her stillbirth. She argued that identification would attract press interest, expose her intimate medical history and cause difficulty for her family.

However, Mr Justice Martin Spencer said: ‘The revelation of the matters personal to this claimant and her family are inherent and intrinsic to a claim of this nature.’ He added that anonymity applications should be made and heard in advance of the trial, and be served on the press outlets involved so they have an opportunity to make representations.

At Jordans Solicitors we believe that where individuals have suffered injury caused by failings in the treatment provided by NHS and private medical practitioners, they should be compensated for their injuries. We have experienced lawyers available to provide you with advice on a range of injuries caused as a result of a delay in diagnosis, negligent treatment or negligent care, including incorrect dispensing of medications. We have offices in Dewsbury, Horsforth, Selby and Wakefield.

If you or a relative has been the victim of medical negligence and would like to consider making a claim for compensation, please contact out medical negligence team free on 0330 300 1103 or request a call back and a member of our team will contact you.


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