Client Left Requiring Daily Medical Care Secures £30,000 in Medical Negligence Case

 

Mr A instructed Holly Barnes to pursue a clinical negligence claim against a local hospital Trust.

Background

Mr A had just returned from a holiday when he attended A&E with painful symptoms. These included; abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and shortness of breath.

Once looked over he was recommended to have a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis (with contract).

This was performed by a consultant radiologist, who was employed by the Trust. They reported that the CT scan showed “concomitant aspect of chronic-active inflammatory bowel disease”.

It was later found that the radiologist’s reporting of the CT scan was incorrect. They had failed to identify the occlusion and importantly, gas in the wall of the ascending colon. The identification of the gas was very important as it indicated that the bowel needed to be removed urgently.

The CT scan was reviewed again some days later by another consultant radiologist who correctly interpreted the inflamed bowel shown on the CT scan, not as inflammatory bowel disease, but as an ischemic bowel.

The same day, Mr A underwent an emergency laparotomy to remove a significant part of his intestines.

He was then admitted to intensive care for over a month.

Following his operation, Mr A had lost most of his independence. He required around the clock medical care in his home, and suffered confidence issues when leaving the house.

How We Were Able to Help

We put to the Trust our claim of medical negligence. The defendant Trust provided a response, which admitted that they failed to correctly review the radiology results. However, the defendant did not agree that the admitted breach of duty caused Mr A to suffer a different outcome.

In response, we obtained expert medical evidence from a consultant gastroenterologist, consultant general & laparoscopic and a colorectal surgeon who confirmed that Mr A should have had surgery earlier and as a result of the delay, he suffered a lengthier, more complex recovery from surgery.

We issued court proceedings against the defendant Trust and were able to successfully recover a settlement of £30,000.00 for Mr A.

All clinical negligence claims are difficult and very much dependent on supportive expert evidence. We are always happy to have a chat with clients and investigate whether there is a claim by reviewing the medical records.

Please get in touch with Mulderrigs, now a part of the Farleys Solicitors family if you want to discuss a possible claim against a doctor, dentist or other health professional. Either call 0808 304 6807 or contact us by email.