Clinical Negligence

Boy Left Blind in One Eye After Premature Birth Secures £1.8 Million

Premature babies are intensely vulnerable in their first days of life and failings in their care can have lifelong consequences. In a case on point, a boy who was left blind in one eye after a window of opportunity to treat a relatively common condition was...

You Don't Have to Prove Negligence to Achieve Justice

It may seem surprising but, in order to win compensation, it is not always necessary to prove that you are a victim of negligence. A striking case on point concerned a nine-year-old girl who received millions in damages despite continued denials by the NHS...

Brave Hospital Negligence Victim Receives £9.4 Million in Compensation

Levels of compensation in some clinical negligence cases may appear very high, but they are no more than is needed to fund a lifetime of care. That was certainly so in the case of a brave young man who will need every penny of his seven-figure damages to...

NHS Pays £1 Million After Medical Blunder Causes New Mother's Death

Medical professionals work under great pressure and mistakes are sadly inevitable – but if their negligence causes injury, it is only right that victims are compensated. In one case, the bereaved family of a woman who died following an anaesthetic...

Settlement Helps to Secure Future Care for Brain Injured Child

The devotion shown by parents of children left disabled by clinical negligence never ceases to amaze – but they can rarely cope alone and seeking compensation is really the only means of obtaining all the professional help they need. The point was made...

Family of Financier Killed By Hospital Blunder Receives £2.1 Million

Loved ones of those who die as a result of hospital negligence often understandably proclaim that there is no justice in the world. However, as one case showed, the right legal advice at least gives them hope of receiving fair compensation. A successful...

Millions for Girl Injured By Substandard Midwifery Care

Hard-pressed midwives are not infallible and, if their negligence results in your child being born disabled, you owe it to your family to consult an expert solicitor straight away. In one case, a nine-year-old girl whose hospital delivery was mismanaged...

Heart Patient Let Down By Negligent GP Due Big Damages Award

GPs work under great pressure but, where they make negligent mistakes that cause injury to patients, it is only right that compensation is paid. In one case, a man with a heart condition who suffered a catastrophic faint after his doctor failed to refer him...

Girl Starved of Oxygen at Birth Achieves £18 Million Settlement

The ever-increasing cost of professional care, combined with low returns on capital investments, have necessarily led to an escalation in the value of damages awards to victims of clinical negligence. The point was underlined by a case in which a...

Seeking Legal Advice May Safeguard Your Disabled Child's Future

Many parents of children who are born disabled care for them alone without any support. However, as a High Court case showed, looking into the exact circumstances surrounding the birth to see if there are grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim is a...

Millions in Damages for Nine-Year-Old Victim of Hospital Diagnosis Error

Despite the best efforts of the NHS, it is inevitable that medical mistakes are sometimes made and, when they are, it is important to ensure that victims are fairly compensated. One such case, brought on behalf of a nine-year-old boy left gravely disabled...

Congenital Hip Displacement Teenager Awarded £850,000 in Compensation

A failure to diagnose commonplace medical conditions can have consequences that last a lifetime. However, as a High Court case showed, expert legal advice can ensure that fair compensation is paid if the worst happens. The case concerned a teenager who was...

'Wonderful' Boy Stricken By Meningitis Awarded Seven-Figure Compensation

There can be nothing crueller than injuries suffered by a baby during or soon after birth – but compensation can at least ensure that their care needs are met for life. In a case on point, a little boy who fell victim to meningitis within hours of his...

Little Girl Due Millions Following Delayed Caesarean Delivery

Doctors can be relied upon to do their best but, where negligent mistakes are made, the legal profession steps in to ensure that those who suffer are fairly compensated. In one case, a little girl who was left catastrophically disabled due to a delay in her...

Necrotising Fasciitis Victim Due Compensation for Paramedic's Error

Ambulance paramedics work under pressure but, if they make negligent mistakes, it is only right that those who suffer are fairly compensated. In a case on point, a pensioner who fell victim to the so-called 'flesh-eating bug' won the right to substantial...

Limit on GP's Professional Insurance Cover Leads to Disturbing Result

General practitioners are not employed by the NHS and are required to make their own arrangements in respect of professional indemnity insurance (PII). That gave rise to a disturbing result in one case in which lawyers were constrained to settle a disabled...

Teenage Arthritis Victim Awarded Millions in Compensation for Late Diagnosis

If you have suffered due to a negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition, an experienced lawyer can ensure that you are compensated fairly. In one such case, a teenager who has been stricken by progressive arthritis since she was a...

Longer Lives Mean Higher Compensation - Boy Wins £26 Million from NHS

Happily, disabled people can live long lives and that is one reason why compensation awards to those who have been injured by negligence frequently run into seven or even eight figures. A case on point concerned an eight-year-old boy who is expected to live...

Could Your Child Have Been Injured During Birth? If in Doubt, Consult a Solicitor

Many parents of children born disabled believe that fate has dealt them a bad hand and no one is to blame. However, as a High Court case in which a teenager won multi-million-pound damages showed, you should consult a solicitor straight away if there is the...

Mother of Teenager Injured at Birth Secures Damages Award

The devoted care given to disabled children by their parents is often humbling, but where the disability is the result of a medical blunder, the right legal advice can help the injured person achieve the best quality of life possible and make life easier for...

Family of Mother Who Died Days After Giving Birth Win Damages

The consequences of hospital negligence are often tragic, but few are more so than the loss of a young mother after giving birth. In one such case, the partner of a woman who died of a rare complication within days of being delivered of her third child...

NHS Not a Soft Touch for Claims

When a person is injured through the negligence of another, compensation may be due and, given the complexity of the issues in medicine, it is unsurprising that the NHS pays millions of pounds annually to settle personal injury claims. But that does not...

Disabled Boy, Five, Wins £2 Million in Damages After GP's Error

Proving negligence on the part of medical professionals can often be relatively easy, but establishing that such breaches of duty are the cause of injuries can be a much tougher proposition. However, a case in which a five-year-old boy won £2 million...

Family of Mother Who Died Following Negligent Smear Test Wins £790,000

Smear tests are an invaluable means of detecting early signs of cervical cancer, but they are only as effective as the scientists who analyse the results. In one case, the family of a young mother who succumbed to the disease five years after she was wrongly...

Back Injury Victim Let Down By Negligent GP Wins Compensation Claim

GPs work under intense pressure but, when they fail to meet the standards expected of them, it is only right that compensation is paid to patients who suffer as a result. In a recent case, a teaching assistant who was left disabled after a GP failed to spot...

Injured By Someone Else's Negligence? Take Legal Advice

Years pass and memories fade, but the consequences of negligence do not always recede and it is therefore sensible to seek legal advice. The point was proved by a case in which a 35-year-old man won the right to seven-figure compensation for catastrophic...

Couple Who Adopted Severely Disabled Child Win £650,000

Lawyers who represent negligence victims can all give examples of extraordinary devotion and bravery on the part of their clients. In a case on point, a couple who adopted a profoundly disabled little girl and cared for her until the bitter end had their...

Baby's Spinal Cord Damage Leads to Compensation Settlement

Difficult childbirths are not uncommon and normally the skills of medical staff ensure that all ends well for mother and child. However, when the care they receive is inadequate and this results in or exacerbates injury to mother or child, compensation will...

Blind Boy Let Down by Negligent Optician Wins Six-Figure Compensation

Opticians don't just sell glasses, they perform an important role in spotting potential problems that need to be referred to a doctor. In a case on point, a schoolboy who was left almost blind after an optician failed to detect a benign brain tumour won...

Girl Struck Blind Following Premature Birth Wins Right to NHS Compensation

Childbirth is a happy event but, if things go wrong and your child is left disabled, you should seek legal advice right away. In a recent case, an 11-year-old girl who was struck blind due to clinical negligence following her premature birth won the right to...

Clinical Negligence - Closure Can Be as Important as Compensation

For those whose loved ones die as a result of clinical negligence, achieving closure can be as important as obtaining just compensation. That was certainly so in one case in which a woman succeeded in proving that her father's death was avoidable and was...

Commercial Surrogacies Abroad Are Not Illegal - Court of Appeal Ruling

Although commercial surrogacy businesses have long been banned in the UK, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a ground-breaking case that a clinical negligence victim will not be breaking the law if she enters into such an arrangement in California, where a...

Mental Patient Injured in Leap from Hospital Roof Wins Millions from NHS

When disturbed patients are committed to mental hospitals, the hospital staff are under a duty to protect them from themselves. A failure to do so meant that a man who was gravely injured when he leapt from a hospital roof in a suicide attempt obtained a...

Negligence Victims - Your Needs Can Be Met Sooner Than You Think

Litigation takes time but, as a High Court case showed, specialist lawyers are more than capable of obtaining interim compensation awards so that negligence victims can have their pressing needs for accommodation and care swiftly met. The case concerned a...

Brain Infection Boy Sent Home by Hospital Wins £5.25 Million

Hospital accident and emergency departments work under intense pressure but, if negligent mistakes are made, it is only right that compensation is paid. In a case on point, a boy who was sent home by medical staff despite suffering from a rare brain...

Mother of Disabled Child Ruled a 'Primary Victim' of Hospital Negligence

In order to succeed in a 'secondary victim' claim as a result of clinical negligence it is necessary to establish that the claimant suffered psychiatric illness or injury – as opposed to grief, sorrow, deprivation or the need to provide care for the...

Clinical Negligence Lawyers Cut Through Difficulties to Change Lives

Some clinical negligence cases are trickier than others but, even where proof is hard to come by, specialist lawyers are more than capable of changing lives by negotiating valuable settlements. The point was made by one case in which a man who was left...

£5.25 Million in Compensation for Brain Infection Boy Sent Home by A&E

Hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments work under intense pressure but, if negligent mistakes are made, it is only right that compensation is paid. In a case on point, a boy who was sent home from a hospital despite suffering from a rare brain...

Woman Wins Compensation Following Disastrous Gastric Bypass Surgery

Not every medical procedure goes according to plan and, when patients suffer due to clinical negligence, it is only right that they should be compensated. In a case on point, a woman who went into hospital for gastric bypass surgery, but emerged in a worse...

Medical Negligence - Legal Advice is the Best Way of Uncovering the Truth

If your child is born disabled, taking legal advice is very often the only way to find out for sure whether medical negligence is to blame. The point was made by a High Court case in which a teenage girl won the right to multi-million-pound compensation. ...

Family of Girl Injured at Birth Secures Compensation Settlement

Hospital delivery rooms can sadly be scenes of tragedy as well as joy, and that was certainly so in one case in which a new mother was given the option of her baby girl's life support being switched off when it became clear that she would face a lifetime of...

Clinical Negligence Case Exposes Neurosurgeon's Hazardous Practice

Clinical negligence cases are about ensuring that victims are justly compensated – but they can also benefit the medical profession by exposing poor practice. That was certainly so in one case concerning a college lecturer who went into hospital for...

Girl Struck By Streptococcus Bug Soon After Birth Wins £3.5 Million

Babies are very vulnerable in their first few days of life and, if things go wrong because of negligence on the part of medical personnel, it is only right that compensation is payable. In one case on point, the family of a 15-year-old girl who was struck...

Patient Who Fell Out of Hospital Bed Wins Seven-Figure Damages

Hospitals can be dangerous places and clinical mishaps are not the only hazard that patients can face. In one case, lawyers representing a woman who fell out of her hospital bed following surgery succeeded in winning her multi-million-pound compensation from...

Midwives Who Failed to Deal With Language Barrier Ruled Negligent

In an ever smaller world, medical and other professionals must be able to conquer language barriers, and a failure to do so can be negligent. In a recent case, the High Court found that hospital midwives breached their duty by failing to explain to a...

Parents Triumph in Rare 'Wrongful Birth' Compensation Claim

Becoming a parent should be a joyful moment but, unfortunately, things do not always go according to plan. If your child is born disabled after doctors negligently fail to spot abnormalities during pregnancy, you should immediately seek legal advice. In one...

Radiotherapy Overdose Victim Awarded £7 Million NHS Compensation

The NHS treats thousands of patients with great skill every day but, when mistakes are made, it is only right that those affected are properly compensated. In one case, a cancer sufferer who was given double the intended dose of radiotherapy following an...

Lack of Informed Consent to Surgery Leads to £4.4 Million Damages Award

Patients have an absolute right to be fully informed of all the risks before undergoing surgery. In one case where that did not happen, a teacher who was left paralysed in all four limbs following a spinal operation was awarded compensation from the NHS. ...

Girl Awarded Seven-Figure Compensation for Birth Injuries

Giving birth is normally a happy event but, if things go wrong and your baby is injured, taking expert legal advice is the first step towards fair compensation. In one case, lawyers representing an 11-year-old girl negotiated a multi-million-pound settlement...

Negligent Acts Can Take Just Seconds but Resound for a Lifetime

Negligent acts that take place in just seconds or minutes can have life-changing consequences, but expert lawyers can painstakingly reconstruct such incidents years after the event. This is illustrated by a recent case in which bad advice given by a midwife...

Rugby-Playing Teenager Wins £500,000 for Birth Injuries

The few moments it takes for a baby to be born can resonate for a lifetime if the delivery is blighted by negligence. In one case, a teenager who suffered permanent damage to the nerves that control his right arm and shoulder due to excessive force being...

Victims of Negligence Need Not Suffer in Silence

Despite the legal profession's attempts to publicise the services they can provide, some negligence victims still suffer in silence, often for years, in the false belief that they cannot afford to sue. That point was powerfully made by one case in which a...

Compensation Funds Care at Home for Injured Woman

Compensation in clinical negligence cases can enable families to remain together and provide a better quality of life for even the most severely injured. That was certainly so in one case in which solicitors representing a woman in a persistent vegetative...

Four Children of Cervical Cancer Victim Receive £215,000 NHS Payout

Errors or delays in diagnosis can lead to tragic consequences and, when this is due to the negligence of medical staff, compensation may be warranted. In one case, four children whose mother died from cervical cancer in her early 30s secured a six-figure...

Failure to Ascertain Baby's Position Leads to Catastrophic Injury

When doctors failed to ascertain a baby's position before a forceps delivery, the terrible result was an acute spinal cord injury to the baby, leaving him quadriplegic and unable to breathe without a ventilator. The boy, who is now eight years old, was one...

Woman Wins £580,000 Following Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Blunders

The NHS generally does a good job in difficult circumstances, but medical blunders do occur and it is only right that those who suffer are compensated. In one case, a woman who was stricken by cervical cancer after hospital staff missed signs of the disease...

Six-Year-Old Jaundice Victim Wins £9 Million Compensation Package

Damages awards to clinical negligence victims may appear very large but, given the cost of funding care regimes, they are no higher than is absolutely necessary. In one case, a six-year-old boy who was left seriously disabled by a bout of jaundice in the...

Family Compensated After Pensioner's Hospital Death

Hand sanitiser is widely used in hospitals to try to combat the spread of infection, but its use is not without risk, as a recent case involving a vulnerable patient shows. If consumed, alcohol-based sanitisers can cause alcohol poisoning that in severe...

Spinal Tuberculosis Victim Wins Right to Seven-Figure Settlement

General practitioners are most patients' first port of call and mistakes they make can have devastating consequences. In one case, a man who was left paralysed by spinal tuberculosis won the right to substantial damages after a GP negligently failed to refer...

Patient Awarded Compensation Following Botched Knee Replacement

Knee and hip replacements are among the most common procedures carried out on the NHS and can bring great improvements to quality of life. However, they do occasionally go wrong and – as one High Court case showed – it is vital to seek legal...

NHS Admits Negligent Failure to Ensure Baby Boy Was Feeding Properly

Medical negligence cases are often far from straightforward, but specialist lawyers are trained to achieve the best possible outcome for victims. In one case, a 10-year-old boy was guaranteed a seven-figure sum in compensation despite an NHS trust's...

Teenage Meningitis Victim Due Full Compensation from NHS

Accident and Emergency department medics work long hours under pressure – but the law still expects them to maintain reasonable levels of competence. The Court of Appeal made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to a teenage meningitis...

Judge Awards Damages for Misdiagnosed Skin Cancer

The diagnostic skills of GPs are the backbone of the NHS, but they are not infallible and it is only right that compensation is paid when negligent mistakes are made. In one case, a man whose skin cancer was misdiagnosed as a fungal nail infection won almost...

Mother and Grandmother Win Damages After Traumatic Birth

Those who suffer psychiatric injury as a result of witnessing shocking events that are caused by negligence can win substantial compensation. In one case that proves the point, the mother and grandmother of a baby girl who was born seriously disabled have...

Family of Cancer Victim Win Compensation After Hospital Blunder

Some medical negligence cases throw up greater difficulties than others, but solicitors are used to dealing with such claims and you should not be discouraged from seeking compensation. In one case, the family of a man who died of cancer won six-figure...

Surgery Gone Wrong? Did You Give Fully Informed Consent?

Every surgical procedure requires the patient's informed consent and, if that is not given, compensation is payable whether or not an operation is negligently performed. In one High Court case exactly on point, a woman who was left in constant pain following...

NHS Pays £262,000 to Family of Patient Who Took His Own Life

The NHS is under a duty to take all reasonable steps to prevent mentally ill people under its care from harming themselves. In one case that illustrated this point, the widow and two sons of a patient who took his own life days after being discharged from...

New Mother Due NHS Payout After Post-Operative Infection Triggered Stroke

Busy doctors do their best in what are often difficult circumstances, but mistakes that they make can have dreadful consequences. When this happens, it is only right that compensation should be paid. In one case, a woman who suffered a stroke after she was...

Boy Injured at Birth Wins Compensation Battle

Obtaining compensation from the NHS if you are a victim of medical negligence may not always be easy, but one case involving a seriously disabled 14-year-old boy showed that specialist lawyers will fight to the end to achieve justice. The boy had been...

Brain Infection Victim Wins £40,000 From Negligent Dentist

With the benefit of professional legal advice, a mother who had to learn to walk again after a dental infection spread to her brain has won £40,000 in compensation from a dentist who treated her negligently. The woman had to undergo emergency surgery...

Repeat Prescriptions Reduced Family Man to Zombie-Like State

Doctors bear a heavy burden but everyone is entitled to expect that the advice and treatment they give is competent. In one case, a widow whose husband spent years in a zombie-like state after being repeatedly prescribed a powerful psychoactive drug won the...

Courageous Birth Injuries Teenager Wins £550,000 from NHS

Expert legal advice and appropriate compensation can help victims of medical negligence pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. In one case, a teenage girl who would not let injuries that she suffered during her birth stand in the way of her...

Disabled Twin Wins £6 Million From NHS

Giving birth is usually a joyful event, but there are risks and experienced legal representation will give you the help that you need if the worst happens. In one case, a twin girl who was born severely disabled due to a rare condition that caused the tragic...

NHS Communication Breakdown Leads to Damages Award

The NHS is an enormous organisation and failures of communication are an ever present risk. In one case, a man who was put through back surgery, despite a clear recommendation from a consultant that his condition should at first be treated conservatively,...

Woman Receives Compensation for Poor Dental Treatment

A 67-year-old woman has received compensation after her dentist failed both to treat her ongoing chronic gum disease and to detect substantial bone loss to her jaw. Philippa Haye began seeing the dentist in 1976 and attended for regular check-ups without...