Tag: Fatal injury compensation

Merseyside’s Longest Running Birth Injury Cases

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Following a freedom of information request under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts, the Liverpool Echo has revealed the longest running court battles for Merseyside parents after their children were left injured or disabled during child birth.

Long fight for justice

Last year (2015-2016) a total of £2.3 million was spent on defence and claimant costs alone by Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. A further £9.4 million was paid out in damages.

The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts deals with incidents that have occurred since April 1995. Since then, there have been a total of five cases that weren’t resolved for over 9 years.

The longest fight for justice went on for more than 16 years, and involved parents fighting for compensation from Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The family eventually received over £7 million.

Another case, this time against Southport and Ormskirk hospital trust continued for more than ten years. The case was settled for a sum of just over £340,000.

Brain injury

Specific details of cases were not revealed but such high-value maternity cases frequently involve instances of children who have suffered brain injuries.

Oxygen deprivation is one of the most common reasons for some of the most severe birth injuries and if a child suffers brain injury at birth, they will most likely require complex life-long care as well as accommodation needs and special equipment.

In a number of cases, the type of brain damage and indeed the cause are not fully apparent until the child is much older, again adding to the length of the process.

There are often complexities surrounding birth injury cases, resulting in fights for justice that can last for years. Typically, the NHS Litigation Authority will make provisional payments ensuring that the child’s immediate needs are met.

Longest running cases

Here are the five longest-running maternity negligence cases in Merseyside:

NHS TrustTime to be resolvedTotal damagesDefence costsClaimant costs
Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust16.09 years£7,350,000£127,895£340,000
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust10.21 years£343,049£75,998£135,000
St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust9.24 years£2,750,000£110,040£192,250
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust13.99 years£4,886,052£97,513£241,600
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust13.99 years£3,560,900£104,897£455,000

Birth Injury Claims – Expert Advice

Birth injury claims may involve any instance of medical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth. If you have been affected by a birth injury, you may be entitled to maximum personal injury compensation. Speak to our expert team of medical negligence solicitors today to discover how we could help you. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call our team of experts today on 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: Liverpool Echo

£3,850 Damages Secured for Client Injured in RTA

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Our committed team of Road Traffic Accident specialists recently secured over £3,000 in personal injury compensation for a client who was injured in non-fault road traffic accident.

At the time of the incident, our client was sat in her stationary vehicle on the A523 in Macclesfield. The Defendant failed to pay due care and attention and collided with a third party vehicle, before failing to maintain safe and proper control and colliding with the Claimant’s stationary Ford Fiesta.

Our client sustained whiplash type injuries to their neck, back, right shoulder and hips during the road traffic accident. The Claimant also reports that since the collision they have suffered with headaches, sleep disturbances (due to pain) and travel anxiety.

Our expert Road Traffic Accident team secured a total of £3,850 compensation for our client on this occasion.

Commenting on their successful claim and the customer service they received, the Claimant added:

“So easy, I left it all with Hampson Hughes and they handled it brilliantly. It was no worry or hassle for me. From start to finish great service was provided. Thank you!”

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Secret Report Identifies Failures at NHS Trust

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A covert review into North Manchester General Hospital and the Royal Oldham Hospital has identified a number of serious failings. It has been reported that numerous clinical errors, a shortage of staff and a lack of compassion from workers has contributed to the deaths of numerous mothers and infants over a five year period.

Penine Acute Hospital Trust

The originally internal review, which came to light after a freedom of information request by the Manchester Evening News (MEN), was carried out by Deborah Carter. Miss Carter is the new maternity director at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which is responsible for the running of both hospitals in question.

Between 2010 and 2015, Pennine Acute Hospital NHS trust received more legal claims and paid out more in damages than any other. Almost half of the claims, which totalled more than £25 million, related clinical errors involving mothers and babies.

The MEN also reported that initially the trust attempted to conceal the report, at one point claiming it did not even exist.

Series of avoidable deaths and long-term injuries

The document outlines a series of avoidable deaths and long-term injuries, caused by failures over a lengthy period, including that of a woman who died of a catastrophic haemorrhage after staff mistook her symptoms for mental illness.

According to the report, long-term clinical errors led to “high levels of harm for babies in particular” and constant repeated warnings over time had not resulted in improvements.

Other incidents detailed in the report include a premature baby that was left to die alone in a sluice room – where used disposables such as incontinence pads and bed pans are dealt with, and reusable products are cleaned and disinfected – and a baby who lost its life after staff failed to recognise its mother’s rare blood type.

Poor decision making

The review states that “clear evidence of poor decision-making which has resulted in significant harm to women” as well as “real issues” on maternity wards resulting in “high levels of harm for babies in particular, which has significant life-long impact”.

According to the document a number of deaths were related a shortage in hospital staff, as well as the lack of compassion and bad attitudes amongst those who work at the trust. “Worrying repetitive themes” across maternity units, such as poor documentation, failures to monitor basic vital signs, critical information left off patient records and lab results left unchecked, were also prominent in the report.

Recurrent safety breaches, a “rigid mind-set” among staff who tended to view patients’ conditions as “uncomplicated” and little performance monitoring of the high numbers of agency staff on the trust’s books were also identified.

Improvements

This week the trust confirmed that steps – such as the recruitment of more staff – are being taken to improve patient care and avoid clinical errors.

Medical director at Pennine, Professor Matthew Makin, said:

“The priority is for all of the trust’s services to meet the high standards that patients expect and deserve. We are steadily making the necessary improvements so that patients can receive reliable, high quality care across all of our services.

“In addition to the appointment of a new head of midwifery, 31 new midwives started … across our two maternity units at north Manchester and Oldham last month.

“In addition to 58 new midwives joining us since April, the new management team is being supported by Central Manchester NHS foundation trust, who are providing supplementary clinical leadership support in order to stabilise and strengthen services on the north Manchester site.

“We have fully reviewed our risk and governance arrangements including learning from incidents and complaints, and are making progress in improving the way we listen and involve our staff to address the longstanding problems and challenges facing our teams.”

Medical negligence claims – expert advice

Medical negligence compensation may be available where the service provided by a medical professional falls below the accepted standards of practice. If you believe that you have been affected by medical negligence, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: BBC News; The Guardian

Client Involved in RTA Receives £5,276

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Our Road Traffic Accident team recently secured over £5,000 compensation for a client who suffered severe soft tissue damage in a non fault accident.

Incident

At the time of the incident, our client was correctly proceeding along Athol Grove in Chorley when the defendant emerged from a side road when it was unsafe to do so. As a result, the defendant’s vehicle – a Mercedes Benz – collided with the nearside of the Claimant’s Peugeot.

Our client sustained severe whiplash to their back and shoulder during the collision and now requires frequent cortisone injections to control pain. The claimant also reports that they have suffered with headaches since the incident.

Injuries

Due to the severity of our client’s injuries day to day activities, such as housework and even sleep, were restricted in the weeks following the accident. Unfortunately, due to the time our client was required to take off work to recover – six weeks in total – they were dismissed from their place of employment.

Our team of expert RTA solicitors managed to secure a total of £5,276 in personal injury compensation for our client on this occasion.

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of road accident solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

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Man Jailed after Friend is Left Disabled in Crash

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A 23 year old man from Stevenage has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving after he and a friend collided with an oncoming vehicle whilst racing each other.

Incident

Clayton Kentsley and Connell Burgham were racing each other in separate cars in Welwyn Garden City when Burgham collided with another vehicle after losing control on a bend.

According to a witness, Kentsley had been tailgating Burgham moments before the crash. When approaching a left-hand bend, Kentsley pulled out into the oncoming lane and Burgham increased his speed.

Kentsly then pulled back in behind Burgham’s vehicle just before the bend, avoiding the crash, whilst Burgham lost control and swerved into the path of an oncoming car.

Judge Stephen Warner said that both men had been speeding, but could not conclude as to how much over the 30mph limit this was.

Serious Injuries

Burgham now requires constant supervision and cannot work after suffering life-changing head and neck injuries in the crash. He also suffered a personality disorder due to the incident and medics have said that it is unlikely he will ever recover.

Burgham was not the only person injured in the collision however. A five year old boy was in the back seat of the car which collided with Burgham’s vehicle and he sustained a serious injury that required surgery, whilst the driver – his father – suffered a broken elbow.

Sentencing

In October, Kentsley pleaded not guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving but pleaded guilty to an offence of dangerous driving. He was found guilty on both counts.

Appearing in court for sentencing, Judge Warner told Kentsley:

“You drove with complete disregard for the safety of others on the road.

“You were in effect egging each other on by driving as you did.”

The jury also concluded that Burgham, who was not in court, had caused serious injury to the five year old by dangerous driving, but after hearing of his condition, Judge Warner sentenced him to an absolute discharge.

Judge Warner jailed Kentsley for 27 months and disqualified him from driving for three years. He also ordered the 23 year old to take an extended driving test before he gets behind the wheel of a car again.

Begin your road accident claim

If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

To begin your road accident claim, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: The Comet

Man Sustains Serious Injuries in Road Traffic Accident

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A motorist has suffered serious head injuries after a road traffic accident involving three vehicles took place in Nuneaton yesterday.

The victim was airlifted to hospital following the incident, which involved two cars and a lorry. The collision is said to have occurred at a junction at around 2.15pm.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said:

“On arrival, crews discovered two cars and a lorry that had been involved in collision.

“The driver of the one of the cars, a man, was quickly freed from his vehicle in order for treatment to begin. Ambulance staff administered emergency treatment for the serious injuries he had suffered, including a head injury.

“Once his condition had been stabilised the man was carefully moved to the air ambulance before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Unfortunately the man’s condition is thought to be serious. The driver of the second car and the lorry, both men, were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

Begin your road traffic accident claim

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian.

More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

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Source: Coventry Telegraph

Client Receives £1,901 in Whiplash Injury Compensation

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Our expert Road Traffic Accident team recently secured whiplash injury compensation for a client after they were injured in a non-fault collision in Nottingham.

Incident

Our client was correctly proceeding along St Bartholomew’s Road when the defendant failed to pay due care and attention, emerging from a side road when unsafe to do so. As a result, the Defendant’s vehicle collided with the Claimant’s.

Whiplash injury

Our client sustained whiplash injury to their lower back and has suffered with anxiety when travelling since the incident. Unfortunately, due to the injuries sustained in the collision, the claimant was restricted was attempting to carry out day to day activities including DIY, shopping and cooking.

Outcome

Our dedicated team of solicitors secured a total of £1,901 compensation for our client on this occasion.

Whiplash injury compensation

If you have suffered whiplash injury after a road accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of whiplash injury compensation solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

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£5,030 Damages Secured for Non-fault Crash

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Our team of expert road traffic accident solicitors recently secured over £5,000 in damages for a client after they were injured in a non-fault crash.

Milad Hussain was travelling along Commercial Road in London in his Vauxhall Zafira when the Defendant negligently changed lanes when it was unsafe to do so, colliding with Mr Hussain’s correctly proceeding vehicle.

Our client’s injuries included whiplash and soft tissue damage to his right shoulder and lower back. Mr Hussain avers that his asthma has worsened since the accident, adding that he loses breath quickly and more frequently than before, which has restricted his regular exercise patterns.

Our RTA team managed to secure a total of £5,030 in compensation for Mr Hussain on this occasion.

Compensation following a non-fault crash – expert advice

If you have been injured in a non-fault crash or collision, contact our dedicated team of road accident solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident‘ page.

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Update: 7 Dead & 50 Injured after Tram Derails

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Seven people have died and a further fifty or so remain in hospital following the derailment of a tram in Croydon yesterday morning.

Incident

The tram driver, a man in his 40s from Beckenham, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. According to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), the tram was travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted”. British Transport Police have confirmed that they are investigating a number of factors, including whether the driver fell asleep.

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said:

“We can confirm that at least seven people have lost their lives as a result of this incident.

“Our officers will continue to work tirelessly throughout the evening to formally identify them and provide care and support for their families.”

Yesterday’s crash is thought to be the first in the UK involving fatalities on board a tram since 1959.

The Commissioner of Transport for London, Mike Brown, said of the incident:

“Clearly something has gone catastrophically wrong and we will work tirelessly and quickly with the emergency services, the tram operator First Group and others to establish the cause.”

According to the RAIB that the tram was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve”, which has a speed limit of 12mph, when it derailed where the track branches. As of this morning, the tram remains on its side near an underpass just past Sandilane tram stop.

Witness accounts

A 30 year old man from Croydon, Martin Bamford, was on the tram at the time of the incident and was taken to hospital with fractured ribs. According to Mr Bamford “everyone just literally went flying”, he went on to say that people were screaming and there was “blood everywhere”. He added:

“There was a woman that was on top of me … I don’t think she made it at all. She wasn’t responsive.”

Other witnesses have said that they saw people screaming and crying, with people trapped underneath the tram calling for help. One witness, Andy Smith, who was waiting at a nearby bus stop said he heard “what sounded like a screeching noise, then a bang”. He added:

“[I looked] down the track and I saw carnage. There was a lot of screaming, panicking and commotion. It was a macabre scene.”

More than 50 admitted to hospital

St George’s Hospital in Tooting confirmed it was treating 20 people, four of whom were seriously injured. Dr Phil Moss, clinical director at the hospital, said three were having surgery that could require a hospital stay of “several days or even weeks”.

Meanwhile, 31 patients arrived by ambulance and seven others on foot at Croydon University Hospital, according to the hospital’s medical director Dr Nnenna Osuji.

A book of condolences has opened at Croydon town hall. The police have also set up a number – 0800 0560154 – for friends and family to call for information.

Personal injury claims – expert advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in providing expert support and guidance in cases of non-fault accidents. If you believe that you may be entitled to personal injury compensation, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. Call us on 0800 888 6 888 or send an email to info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: BBC News

Man Awarded £5million for Medical Negligence

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A Portsmouth man whose memory was destroyed by an illness linked to the herpes virus has been awarded £5million compensation by a NHS trust.

The man, an aspiring model whose identity cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, contracted herpes simplex encephalitis a number of years ago. The disease has left him with almost no spontaneous recall of recent events and he only remembers parts of his past life.

The man, whose behavioural problems mean that he doesn’t cooperate with those trying to assist him and is difficult to handle at times, was treated in 2008 at Royal Hampshire Hospital. His lawyers aver that the hospital’s treatment of him was negligent and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust admitted liability.

This week, a high court judge approved a £2.5million settlement after describing the impact of the virus on the man as ‘quite disastrous’. An index-linked tax-free payment is also to be paid annually in order to cover the cost of the man’s life long care, with the payments set to increase if early onset dementia develops.

Medical negligence claims – expert advice

Medical negligence compensation may be available where the service provided by a medical professional falls below the accepted standards of practice. If you believe that you have been affected by medical negligence, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: The News – Portsmouth