Medical Negligence Case Studies

A selection of medical negligence case studies - we have successfully obtained compensation for many negligence clients over the years.

Devon Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Success

We acted for the widower of a former lady mayor of Dawlish, who died from cancer of the bladder. This had first been diagnosed in 2009 by Torbay hospital and had it been properly followed up and treated, she would have been completely cured. Tragically, there was a chain of mistakes by South Devon Healthcare, which meant that critical tests to “stage” the cancer were mislaid, delayed or overlooked, causing our client to “drop off the radar”. As a result, by the time the mistakes had been realised, the cancer had spread and she was beyond help.

We undertook extensive investigation into the background of her treatment and obtained expert specialist evidence about the mistakes that had been made and what the likely outcome would have been had she been treated promptly. Having formulated a significant claim resulting from her untimely death, we successfully negotiated a substantial settlement with the NHS in early January 2014.

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Mistakes in Cancer Treatment at North Devon District Hospital

We have obtained a significant amount of compensation for an Ilfracombe lady who almost died because of serious errors made by North Devon District hospital in Barnstaple in dealing with her ovarian cancer. Despite struggling through quite horrific courses of chemotherapy, she made no progress and within a matter of months from the diagnosis, was told by the hospital that the cancer was terminal and she was effectively sent home to die.

Shortly after that, she accepted the offer of a last-ditch clinical trial at Royal Marsden in London, feeling she had nothing to lose. Surgeons there offered to operate. She underwent drastic surgery, endured many months of pain and sickness, but made a complete recovery.

Detailed investigation of her medical treatment at NDH showed that the clinical assessment of her cancer had been completely wrong from the beginning; that because of it, surgery should have been undertaken but was not even considered; that chemotherapy was never going to work; and that had the surgery been given earlier, it would probably have been less traumatic and complex.

Although NDH Barnstaple denied liability, the NHS eventually agreed a significant sum in compensation for what she had gone through.

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Operation Goes Wrong: Compensation Awarded to Patient for Hospital Mistake

Our client, a woman from Weymouth in Dorset, complained of continuing pain following minor surgery to her thumb at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, which is part of the Dorset County Hospitals NHS TrustPhysiotherapy was not helping and in fact seemed to make matters worse.  She was repeatedly told by her doctor that the pain was to be expected after the surgery and would resolve.  Eventually, she was X-rayed and it was found that wiring, which should have been removed after the surgery, had been left in place.  As a result, she had to have another operation to remove the wire. 

The client consulted one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors who agreed to take the case on under a No Win – No Fee basis.

Despite the hospital arguing that the wire made no difference to her recovery, our expert medical evidence suggested otherwise, although it was agreed that after things were put right, she would have no lasting ill-effects from the medical  mistake

Our expert  medical evidence proved conclusive and we won the medical negligence case

We recovered compensation for the pain she had suffered and the fact that she had to undergo a further operation that should have been unnecessary but for the hospital error.

Doctor’s Negligence in Failing to Diagnose Diabetes Results in £50,000 Compensation Award

A North Devon GP from Hartland failed to notice an abnormal result following a routine blood test for diabetes.  The patient’s onset of diabetes was completely missed for several years and he also developed peripheral neuropathy, a painful nerve condition affecting the hands and feet. 

The client, who was from Bideford in Devon instructed our medical negligence team to bring a claim against the doctor for failure to diagnose diabetes. We agreed to deal with the claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Although the GP’s insurers admitted the failure to diagnose and treat the diabetes, they argued that this had no connection with the client’s nerve condition.  We therefore obtained specialist expert evidence from an experienced and independent doctor which showed that failure to treat the diabetes had in fact made the neuropathy much worse. 

Faced with this evidence the doctor’s insurers back down and we managed to negotiate a compensation settlement of over £50,000 to compensate our client for his painful condition being brought forward by 10 years as a direct result of the doctor’s negligence in failing to spot and treat his diabetes

Slee Blackwell Client Awarded £400,000 in Failure to Diagnose Medical Negligence Claim

Mrs L from Devon went to her local Accident and Emergency Department with crippling back pain.  The junior doctor who saw her in A&E was worried that she showed signs of cauda equina, a very serious mediacl condition involving pressure on the spinal cord, which can lead to paralysis.  Despite that concern, a more senior member of the team decided Mrs L should be sent home with painkillers and without any further investigation or scans.  It transpired that she did indeed have the condition, which sadly left her disabled and in constant pain, despite extensive surgery to the spine. 

Mrs L consulted our hospital mistake specialists and solicitor, Sam Robson brought a failure to diagnose  negligence claim against the hospital.

The medical negligence claim succeeded and Sam was able to secure  a compensation settlement of over £400,000 for Mrs L. 

The legal costs of the claim were also paid by the hospital.

Sam helped to set up a trust fund to ensure that Mrs L’s compensation money was properly protected and invested safely for her needs throughout her life.

Cancer diagnosis negligence causes stress and treatment delay

Mrs M, only in her 50s, was devastated to be told that the lump she had in her abdomen was incurable cancer. She was effectively sent home to die, with no attempt to investigate further or seek advice on treatment. Thankfully, she was determined not to take this at face value and after managing to get a second opinion from a specialist in London she had immediate surgery with what seems to be complete success. We are working to get her compensation for the extreme stress she suffered as well as for the fact that due to delay she had to ensure much more complicated surgery than she would otherwise have needed.

Surgeon's negligence results in two operations

Our client went in for routine surgery to remove a large lipoma (fat deposit under the skin) from his arm. Despite the lump being obvious, easy to both see and feel, the surgeon failed to find it and no feasible explanation has been given for that failure. Our client has had to have a further operation to solve the problem, something which should have been avoided. With our help, he is claiming compensation for having to go under the knife twice instead of once.

Negligent pharmacy prescribes incorrect medication

Ms J was given the wrong strength of medication by her local pharmacy which misread her prescription. She suffered severe chemical burns to her skin which exacerbated the very skin condition the medication was supposed to treat. An early admission by the pharmacy led to rapid settlement of her claim and compensation for the pain and distress she suffered.

Investigation finds No claim for GP negligence

Mrs P alleged that a breakdown in communication between her GP and her hospital meant that the results of tests were never followed up, causing a delay in treatment for tumour of an adrenal gland which then had to be removed. This meant a prolonged course of corrective medication. We investigated carefully and although we were able to show that the breakdown in communication was indeed negligent, expert specialist evidence stated that this in fact made no different to the outcome of her illness – the end result would have been the same even if test results had been followed up promptly. This meant that she had no claim for compensation since the negligence had not caused any actual damage or loss.