Nicola Ames, a 35-year-old from Rochford, was admitted to Southend Hospital with acute pancreatitis in December 2009. Miss Ames had a history of epilepsy and alcohol dependence and became agitated. She was sedated with Haloperidol and became hypoxic – staff failed to transfer her to intensive care and put her on a ventilator. Staff continued to administer sedative to control Miss Ames’ agitation and lack of co-operation. She eventually received over three times the recommended dose. Shortly after midnight on 18th December she suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
Miss Ames’ mother sued the hospital for medical negligence and was awarded £65,000 in compensation after it was revealed that her daughter was given 55mg of the sedative – the recommended daily dosage is just 15mg.
If you or someone you love has been affected by medical negligence in hospital; if someone has become ill or even worse, has died, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Contact a personal injury lawyer straight away and they will be able to advise you whether you have a viable claim; a three year time limit usually applies.
Should you claim compensation?
If you have been the victim of medical negligence, or if somebody you love has suffered as a result of medical care gone wrong, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. We trust medical professionals and expect them to provide a high standard of treatment; as a result when this falls short, the consequences can be serious, even fatal. Claiming compensation for medical negligence doesn’t have to be difficult, you just need to work with a personal injury lawyer you can trust.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown