Here are some of our
- Acted for a lady whose cancer was not diagnosed when it should have been picked up, and which ultimately proved terminal.
The Claimant had suffered with longstanding problems with her eyes and had attended her optician due to a one-week history of sudden onset deterioration of vision in her left eye. The Claimant had been referred for urgent investigation to the defendant Hospital’s Eye Unit with a suspected left-sided detached retina. The Hospital indicated that follow-up treatment would then be arranged within four weeks; however no such arrangements were subsequently made, despite steps taken by the Claimant to contact the Defendant to chase this up. Unfortunately, due to the delay, the claimant suffered irreversible damage to her vision in the affected eye and the claim was settled for £29,000
- We accepted instructions to act for the Claimant who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had undergone a radical hysterectomy. The surgery appeared uneventful and the Claimant was discharged but soon after presented with urine leaking. A CT scan suggested a fistula and she underwent a cystoscopy and attempted stenting. This was unsuccessful but the Defendant did not insert a nephrostomy drain. The Defendant attempted a further repair, but this was unsuccessful because the urethra was necrotic and unsalvageable. The Claimant underwent a laparotomy. The Defendant queried the need for nephrostomy but then subsequently implanted one.
However, unfortunately it was too late by this juncture and the Claimant underwent nephrostomy and developed a pneumothorax as a result. After further suffering and discomfort the Claimant was discharged from the hospital with deeply unpleasant ongoing problems. The Claimant sustained a pulmonary embolism as a result of the procedure and experienced significant ongoing urethra related symptoms including urinating at least twenty times a day and sometimes losing control of her bladder. The Claimant had further suffered from an incisional hernia which left her with pain and swelling in her lower central abdomen and unable to eat substantial meals and suffering from chronic constipation. As a result, the Claimant suffered from extreme psychiatric symptoms including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Claimant further had an aversion to further surgery and had been unable to undergo further radiotherapy for the original cancer.
We sent a letter of claim to the Defendant clearly setting out the reason why fault was alleged. It was denied by the defendant that the initial ureteric injury was negligent and it was also submitted that the pneumothorax was a non-negligent consequence of the nephrectomy. The Defendant maintained that the Claimant would have needed surgery anyway. The Defendant eventually advanced an offer of £30,000. The claimant accepted our advice to reject this. A later offer of £100,000 was made, and then £125,000 and following further negotiations the case was settled for £136,000.
- Acted for a lady who suffered spinal cord injury during a straightforward lumbar discectomy operation, performed negligently.
- Acted for a young mother who suffered multiple serious orthopaedic injuries as a result of a road traffic accident requiring years of operations. The Defendant offered £160,000. Settled for £347,000Acted for a brother and sister who were minor passengers in a car involved in a multi-fatality road accident. Both children suffered serious injury and combined settlement was £450,000.
- Acted for a passenger in a car after the driver lost control and struck a tree suffering multiple injuries including right arm nerve damage. Settled for £500,000 after issue of proceedings.
Acted for a passenger in a car who suffered damage to his intestines due to a seat belt injury. Settled for £344,000.
- Acted for a man injured who suffered a severe laceration to his arm caused by a defective angle grinder whilst at work. Settled for £324,000.
- Acted for two people who were 2 of 3 friends hit at the same time by the Defendant’s car. The accident happened on an A-road outside the entrance to a Country Club at around midnight. Both Claimant’s sustained head injuries and neither could remember the accident. Both claims had been turned down by a number of previous solicitors and barristers and the case came to us shortly before limitation expired. The second claimant did not provide instructions until he was tracked down to provide a witness statement well-after limitation had expired. The Claimants’ case was essentially that the Defendant should have seen the men either in the road as he approached or making their way towards the carriageway. The Defendant maintained that the men suddenly stepped into his path immediately prior to impact. Both parties obtained expert accident reconstruction evidence. The third friend eventually came forward and gave evidence that they had all been under the influence of alcohol and that the first claimant had decided to lie down in the road shortly before he was struck. There was no on-coming traffic initially but as D approached the others went into the road to get C1 and all 3 were hit by D. The claims both settled shortly after a Joint Settlement Meeting. C1’s claim was valued at approximately £1m and settled for £300,000. C2 settled for £50,000.
- Acted for a man injured during his work as a farm hand. Injury to shoulder, ongoing symptoms. Settled for £212,000.
- Acted for a teenage girl who suffered a head injury in a kick boxing class when she was paired against a considerably more experienced opponent. At trial the Judge awarded £8,000. We appealed to the Court of Appeal who substituted an award of £340,000.