Robert Law, 62, needed a life-saving kidney transplant but contracted cancer after receiving an infected kidney during the operation at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in 2010. Mr Law received a kidney from a 56 year old female donor who was thought to have died due to a brain haemorrhage – during a post mortem exam it was discovered she had cancer.
Mr Law was diagnosed with an aggressive strain of blood cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy which left him very unwell. He wanted to ensure this did not happen to anyone else and that the NHS puts systems in place to avoid the same thing ever happening again. He received a six-figure payout from the NHS in kidney transplant compensation.
The Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant commented: “We do everything we can to make sure all donated organs are suitable for transplant. The vast majority of transplants are carried out successfully. However, no donated organ is risk-free and recipients should be given full information about the risks by their surgeon.” Since Mr Law’s claim, the NHS have made a number of changes and hopefully learnt lessons from this mistake.
Have you been affected by medical negligence?
Medical negligence can cover a variety of situations but if you have received a wrong diagnosis or been injured during surgery which has gone wrong, you may be able to claim for compensation. A personal injury lawyer will gather evidence of negligence, usually consulting with medical experts in the field in question in order to show that their negligence led directly to your injury. Whether you have suffered following a misdiagnosis, have received delayed treatment or have become ill as a result of a high-risk pregnancy which was not monitored correctly by your GP and other medical professionals, it may be worth seeing whether you are eligible to claim – most personal injury lawyers will be able to tell you straight away.
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Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown