Tag: Medical Negligence Compensation

Vaginal Mesh Surgery Failure

Vaginal Mesh implants

More than 75,000 women in England may be eligible to claim medical negligence compensation after vaginal mesh implants to treat incontinence and prolapse are said to be a danger to their health.

The twenty minute operation to treat bladder and vaginal injury and damage, often caused after childbirth or in menopausal women, includes the insertion of a plastic mesh made from polypropylene. The mesh is meant to be flexible and enable the patient to live a normal life, however once inside the body can become stiff and ridged, which can damage vital organs as well as cause patients huge discomfort. For some women, the pain and damage is so intense that they are unable to walk, work or have sex.

According to NHS data, over 75,000 women in England have had the procedure since 2006, but more patients are coming forward to have the operation reversed. (1)

Labour has called for an immediate halt to the use of vaginal mesh implants, with the shadow public health minister, Sharon Hodgson urging the government to stop medical professional from carrying out the operation before the safety of the vaginal mesh implant is debated in parliament. (2)

Compensation for Medical Negligence

The initial operation to insert the vaginal mesh is a non-invasive quick procedure, but to remove the mesh, which is designed to become embedded in the surrounding tissue, can require hours of surgery, with a risk of damage to surrounding nerves and organs including the bladder and the bowel. (3)

If you have suffered pain or discomfort after a vaginal mesh operation also known as transvaginal mesh implants and urogynaecological meshes, you should not suffer in silence. Thousands of patients in the UK could be eligible to claim for medical negligence compensation, whether you are suffering from physical pain and unable to work or have a normal sexual relationship after having a vaginal mesh fitted, or you are having to undergo further surgery to have the mesh removed. If you have experienced problems or complications after having a vaginal mesh implant you should report this to the MHRA and to your doctor immediately. For legal support regarding medical negligence compensation please contact our experienced team today on 0151 236 1222.

Sources:

1- http://news.sky.com/story/vaginal-mesh-legal-action-could-be-bigger-than-thalidomide-11060083

2- https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/18/labour-calls-for-immediate-end-to-use-of-vaginal-mesh-implants

Girl Receives £2.5 Million Medical Negligence Compensation

A 12 year old girl, who was born healthy but suffered brain damage due to treatment delays as a new-born, has been awarded millions in medical negligence compensation.

Delay in treatment

The High Court heard how the young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, became ill shortly after her birth at Warrington Hospital. Christopher Johnson QC told the court that she would not have suffered any lasting effects at all had she been diagnosed promptly. Instead, delays in her treatment left the young girl with ‘extensive needs’.

£2.5 million pay-out

Judge Mr Justice Goss awarded the 12 year old a total of £2.5 million in medical negligence compensation.

As well as the one off payment, the judge awarded her with an annual allowance of £260,000. Furthermore, the annual pay-outs will increase to £312,000 once the girl reaches her nineteenth birthday.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital, admitted liability and agreed to settle the girl’s claim, brought by her mother.

Margaret Bowron QC, representing the Trust, told the court an apology had been made to the family. She added that it was hoped the financial settlement would bring them “peace of mind”.

‘Small measure of comfort’

Mr Justice Goss said it would be “a small measure of comfort” as he addressed the girl’s parents. He went on to say:

“Nothing that the law can do can undo what has taken place, as you well know, and I am sure not a day has gone by when that hasn’t crossed your minds.

“Your daughter is clearly a remarkable child and that, in a sense, is a blessing for you – it is also plain to see that the love and affection you have for her is remarkable.”

Medical negligence compensation claims – expert advice

Medical negligence compensation may be available where the service provided by a medical professional falls below the accepted standards of practice.

Following an instance of medical negligence, you could benefit from rehabilitation support. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to help you to access a complete package of support, including:

•Income support
•Transport (e.g. wheelchair access vehicle)
•Home adaptations (e.g. access ramp, stair lift)

If you believe that you may be entitled to medical negligence compensation, 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