The family of a 22-month old girl who died of lack of appropriate are have won a settlement of £30,000 from Portsmouth Hospital’s NHS Trust. In addition to the payout, the family wanted assurances that the hospital has taken measures to ensure a similar incident does not occur, as well as a written letter of apology. Both were received by parents Lee and Leanne Shepherd.
Annabelle Shepherd tragically died on Christmas day after being admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital suffering from lethargy after undergoing a bone marrow transplant previously at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The toddler was given antibiotics when admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital despite having received immunosuppressant medication as part of the previous transplant. Annabelle began vomiting immediately but doctors delayed further testing resulting in kidney failure. The toddler’s condition deteriorated rapidly even after antibiotics were administered and she sadly passed away from septic shock.
An inquest was presented where it was found that doctors did not take into account her vulnerable condition due to her bone marrow transplant. Although the family are still grieving their daughter’s death and the tragic consequences surrounding it, the case brought to the hospital should help prevent such a situation from occurring in the future.
Compensation for lack of appropriate care
In this case the consequences were extremely tragic and caused immense suffering to the family involved. Lack of appropriate care may mean that a patient experiences delays in referrals or treatment. It could also be the result of poor communication between medical professionals regarding previous treatment and medical history. Should there be a delay in treatment or wrong treatment is given, an illness may exacerbate or it could become more difficult to treat. In this case, the care given did not take into account the weakness of Annabelle’s immune system due to her bone marrow transplant. Where there is evidence of inappropriate care and negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
How to make a claim for medical negligence
Medical negligence comes in many forms but if you have suffered due to poor care from a medical professional then you are entitled to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your case so just give us a call on our free 24-hour phone line on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can take our quick online 30-second test to get an idea of the award you may be entitled to. Our no-obligation advice and no win, no fee* policy means that you can only benefit financially when pursuing your case with us.
Source: The News
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown