Claire Bonfield was admitted to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston in 2003, aged 10, after suffering with ongoing headaches and vomiting all year. Yet it took a further five months for a CT scan to reveal that the 10 year old was suffering from a brain tumour. She then underwent an operation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge but was struck down by a serious infection after the operation which left her with a brain injury.
Miss Bonfield and her family successfully sued the NHS Trusts which manage both hospitals – Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust and James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Miss Bonfield claimed that the infection should have been noticed and treated by staff sooner and that she would have had less chance of developing the infection in the first place if the tumour had been diagnosed earlier.
A settlement of £8 million was eventually offered – a lump sum of £1.9m plus annual payments designed to cover Miss Bonfield’s lifetime care costs, starting at £36,585 and rising to £148,000 by the time she reaches her mid-fifties.
Medical negligence does not just relate to surgical errors or infections developed after operations; it can cover a whole host of other situations. Here are a few examples of the types of situations which could constitute medical negligence:
- Birth injuries to the mother or her baby
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose patient
- Failure to treat or delay in treating patient
If you think you have suffered due to medical negligence, you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer who can gather evidence in support of your claim for compensation. Always ensure you choose a professional company that you can trust.
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Source: The Journal
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown