I acted for a woman who required removal of her gallbladder by keyhole surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy). This had to be converted to open surgery because of problems in removing the gallbladder. During the procedure, an artery was punctured causing bleeding and subsequently she developed an infection and deterioration in the function of her liver. She had to undergo remedial surgery. Ultimately the hospital admitted breach of duty but denied the cause of her problems and the extent of her injuries. A negotiated settlement was reached with payment of substantial compensation and an apology. This case was pursued on a “no win no fee” Conditional Fee Agreement as with most cases.
Breast reconstruction surgery
I successfully negotiated a settlement of compensation for a woman who underwent breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. After we obtained independent expert evidence, we were able to argue that the manner in which the operation was performed – and which resulted in the development of an infection and necrosis - amounted to a breach of duty and that a different technique should have been employed. Although the Surgeon disputed the claim, an out of court settlement was reached beneficial to my client.
Foot drop following epidural anaesthetic
I acted for a client who had a spinal anaesthetic during which the Anaesthetist incorrectly positioned the needle in the spine with the result that the anaesthetic caused the Claimant to develop a profound foot drop. Expert evidence was obtained from an Anaesthetist, Neurologist and Occupational Therapist as my client had not made a full recovery and required rehabilitation. Whilst the Trust defended the claim, a negotiated settlement was achieved with payment of significant compensation and the Chief Executive of the Trust provided an unreserved apology.
Fatality following surgery
I received instructions from the family to investigate the circumstances of their relative’s death after undergoing gynaecological surgery. My client was generally well before she had the operation but post-operatively she developed complications after bleeding profusely. Tragically she died as the site of the haemorrhage was not located and the bleeding could not be stemmed. I obtained independent expert reports and following their disclosure, the Trust made a formal admission of liability. Ultimately the case settled with payment of compensation to the estate and an unreserved apology.
Misdiagnosis of fracture
My client attended the Casualty Department at hospital to be informed that she had suffered a torn ligament and was sent away. After a period of time in pain she returned to hospital when the correct diagnosis was made that she had fractured her humerus. She endured significant pain and received inappropriate treatment. I obtained expert reports from Consultants in emergency medicine and orthopaedics. Following disclosure of evidence, the Trust agreed to pay damages in a negotiated settlement.
Nursing home claim
I brought a claim against a Nursing Home on behalf of the estate of a resident who received very poor care and treatment at the Nursing Home. Two Expert reports were obtained from a Nursing Care Expert and a Consultant Physician. The evidence obtained noted that my client had suffered from insufficient nourishment and hydration and should have been referred to hospital for treatment. Tragically, she died from septicaemia. Although the insurers for the Nursing Home denied liability, the claim was successful and compensation was secured for the estate together with an apology.
Road traffic accidents
I have acted for many clients over the years who have unfortunately sustained serious injuries in car or motor cycle accidents. Some of the cases have been brought on behalf of the estate of the deceased in fatal accident claims. These claims were settled by payment of hundreds of thousands of pounds or in excess of one million pounds where there had been brain and spinal trauma.
Industrial injuries claim
I obtained significant compensation on behalf of a client who sustained injuries in the course of his employment whilst operating a piece of machinery which caused a fracture to his forearm with significant skin damage that required skin grafts from his leg. Unfortunately he also suffered psychological distress and was unable to secure future employment. I instructed many experts to report on the physical and psychological injuries and arranged with rehabilitation providers for physiotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy treatment. Although the insurers admitted liability for negligence, they disputed the value of the claim. Ultimately a very good settlement was achieved for my client.