Tag: Medical Negligence

Woman Discovers she has Poisoned Bones after Misdiagnosis

A woman has discovered that she has a life threatening bone condition after previously being dismissed by multiple doctors.

Misdiagnosed

Victoria Mann, 33, was told by a trainee physiotherapist that her bones were poisoned after she was instructed to attend physiotherapy when medical professionals told her the pain in her leg was to do with her ligaments or tendons.

Victoria has since been diagnosed with osteomyelitis; a disease which if discovered early on can be treated with antibiotics. However, it was not spotted early and after 14 operations to try and halt the spread of the disease; Victoria says her leg has been left looking ‘as though a shark has taken a bite out of it’.

Victoria said:

“When I first went with a sore knee they said it was probably a blood clot and sent me home.

“But I was in agony so I went back and they said it was a muscle-wasting disease.

“They then told me it was the tendons or ligaments and sent me for physio.”

Victoria, of Hull, East Yorkshire, claims that the trainee physiotherapist pointed out a large black abscess on the back of her leg within only minutes of seeing her, something that doctors had failed to notice. She added:

“The trainee immediately saw something wasn’t right – as my leg had ballooned.”

Left unable to move

Victoria has been left unable to move and now fears that if she stands or puts too much weight on her leg it could shatter. Victoria went on to say:

“I will never fully recover or walk properly again. I won’t be able to play with the girls in the park or go swimming.”

Mike Wright, Chief Nurse at East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the hospital at which Victoria received treatment, has apologised for any distress caused. He said:

“We have subsequently investigated the concerns Miss Mann raises, including those in relation to timeliness of diagnosis, and we have responded to her about these directly.

“We are sorry if Miss Mann feels let down by the Trust and would like to apologise for any distress she has experienced.”

Your NHS Claim – Speak to the Experts

If you believe that your symptoms have been overlooked or mistreated due to negligence on behalf of a medical professional, contact us today. Hampson Hughes solicitors specialises in securing maximum personal injury compensation in cases of NHS claims.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Even if you have since recovered fully from your injury or illness, we may be able to help you to claim rightful compensation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

Source: Daily Star

Multiple ‘Never events’ Reported by Merseyside Hospitals

Between May 2015 and April 2016, a total of eleven ‘never events’ were reported by various hospitals within the Merseyside area, according to NHS England.

The potentially life-changing mistakes are labelled ‘never events’ as they should never happen and each time one occurs, it must be reported to authorities. The ‘never event’ is then investigated in order to ensure that similar blunders do not reoccur.

Merseyside Hospitals – ‘Never events’

  • Five cases of ‘wrong site surgery’

    A ‘wrong site surgery’ is when an operation is either performed on the wrong part of the body or, in some extreme cases, the wrong patient. Since May 2015, cases of ‘wrong site surgery’ were reported by the following hospitals: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen hospital trust in August 2015 and January 2016; Wirral Community NHS Trust in July 2015 and Alder Hey in June 2015 and January 2016.

  • Two cases of drugs administrated by the ‘wrong route’

    Such cases include intravenous drugs taken orally and vice versa. Such occurrences can lead to dangerous side effects, depending on the type of drug being taken. Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals reported a case in October 2015, as did Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals in November 2015.

  • A feeding tube wrongly inserted into a patient’s lungs

    Gastric tubes can be wrongly inserted into the respiratory tract of a patient, instead of the gastrointestinal tract i.e. fed into the lungs instead of the stomach. This sort of ‘never even’ can be fatal if not detected and corrected immediately. Such an incident was reported by Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital trust in December last year.

  • A foreign object left inside a patient after surgery

    Items left inside patients after surgery include surgical instruments such as scalpels, as well as needles, wires, sponges and towels. Such mistakes most likely require further surgery in order to remove the object. In December 2015, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen trust reported an incident in which an object was left inside a patient following surgery.

  • A patient given the wrong implant or prosthesis

    When the wrong implant or prosthesis is inserted into a patient, there is most likely corrective surgery required – leading to major disruption for the individual. A patient at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital was given the wrong implant or prosthesis in October 2015.

  • A patient given overdose of insulin

    Such mistakes are often managed safely; however in extreme instances too much insulin can lead to seizures, unconsciousness and even fatalities. In September 2015, a patient at Liverpool Women’s Hospital was given an overdose of insulin.

‘We take ‘never events’ extremely seriously’

Addressing the incidents reported, the medical director of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Peter Williams, said:

“We take ‘never events’ extremely seriously, we are open about them, we learn from them and we take action to make further improvements in the care we provide to patients.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Alder Hey the following:

“We take any incident extremely seriously and conduct a thorough investigation to identify the cause of any incident, recommend key learnings and reduce the likelihood of similar incidents happening in the future.”

Director of nursing and midwifery at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Dianne Brown, added:

“The trust does not experience many ‘never events’.

“However, when we do, the public can be assured that we investigate them thoroughly and try to learn as much from them as we can so as to ensure they do not happen again.”

Your NHS Claim – Speak to the Experts

If you believe that your symptoms have been overlooked or mistreated due to negligence on behalf of a medical professional, contact us today. Hampson Hughes solicitors specialises in securing maximum personal injury compensation in cases of NHS claims.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Even if you have since recovered fully from your injury or illness, we may be able to help you to claim rightful compensation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

Source: Liverpool Echo

Toddler Suffering from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is Misdiagnosed

Three year old Joel Greaves nearly lost his life after doctors misdiagnosed what turned out to be a deadly rare disease as chicken pox.

Mistaken for chicken pox

Doctors first diagnosed the toddler with chicken pox, after he developed a condition that caused his skin to swell and blister. However, after Joel was left fighting for his life on a ventilator, doctors realised that he was in fact suffering from the very rare and life threatening skin condition, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is normally a reaction to medication or an infection. Doctors believe that Joel developed the condition as an allergic reaction to medication he was being given for croup. He was admitted to a specialist burns unit where his blistered skin was wrapped in bandages and his breathing supported with a ventilator. Doctors told his mother to prepare for the worst, however he was released from hospital after nine weeks.

Speaking of the ordeal, after which Joel has had to learn to walk, talk and eat again, his mother Tammy said:

‘Joel had suffered from chicken pox and his first symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome were spots all over his body.

‘He had suffered from chicken pox once before and the symptoms were very similar so we thought it was unlikely he
would have it for a second time – but we had no idea what else it could be.

‘That was until his whole body started to blister and his eyes were swollen shut.

‘Doctors soon realised Joel was actually suffering from a life-threatening allergic reaction, not chicken pox and we were left terrified as they battled to save our little boy.

‘They had no idea if he was going to survive as one-in-five die from the condition but we just had to hope and pray he’d pull through.

‘Joel was unrecognisable as his body was so swollen and he had to undergo an eight hour operation to remove all the dead skin.’

Miss Greaves went on to say:

‘I couldn’t be more thankful to all the hospital staff that saved Joel’s life, he was allowed home on December 8 and has minimal scars thanks to expert surgeons.

‘Joel was one of the lucky ones but if this condition isn’t diagnosed and treated quickly enough it can be fatal.’

Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome Awareness UK

Joel and his family are now receiving support from Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome Awareness UK, a charity that helps support those affected & spread awareness of the condition.

Founder of SJS Awareness UK, Thermutis Nadier Lawson said:

‘I am pleased little Joel’s eyes were not affected and he is making a good recovery.

‘We support those affected by providing them with an information pack to enlighten them about the condition as well as putting them in touch with others.’

Your medical misdiagnosis claim

Following a medical misdiagnosis, you could experience further symptoms and complications. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to help you to access expert medical care and rehabilitation support as part of your claim. For further information on the types of rehabilitation that may be available, please see my rehabilitation.

Discover today whether you have a claim, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

Source: Mail Online

Official figures show A&E delays in England reach record level

New data released by NHS England for January shows that just 88.7% of patients were seen within four hours of arriving in A&E, the NHS have a target percentage of 95%. That is the worst monthly performance since the target was introduced in 2004.

However, NHS England have said that due to the record demand levels also recorded for the same month, a performance dip was ‘not surprising’.

Record demand levels include overall attendances increased by over 10% compared to January 2015 and emergency admissions and calls to the NHS 111 non emergency number saw a sharp rise.

Other key issues

January’s monthly performance report also highlighted other areas the NHS is struggling with:

• Key target for cancer patients to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral from a GP was missed for the 20th time in 21 months
• The number of people waiting six weeks or longer for a diagnosis was twice the amount expected
• Second month in a row that the target for patients needing a routine operation to be seen was not hit
• One in three patients waited longer than eight minutes for an ambulance to arrive, the eighth month in a row this target has been missed
• NHS 111 failed to hit its target to answer calls within 60 seconds

Another continued problem is the delays in discharging patients, with the second highest number of delays on record occurring in January. Such delays result in a backlog of patients, which in turn has an effect on A&E services.
Richard Barker, from NHS England, said:

“Against this backdrop it’s not surprising hospitals saw a dip in their performance and it is credit to all those working in emergency care that we are still admitting, treating and discharging almost nine in 10 patients within four hours

“Winter pressures have come late this year with a sustained cold period and an increase in seasonal infections.”

Extreme measures

The BBC reported in January that hospitals are increasingly being forced to take extreme measures in order to cope. Such measures include reports of GPs being advised to cut down on the number of hospital referrals and makeshift emergency treatment rooms are being set up outside A&E waiting areas. There have even been reports of hospitals cancelling multiple routine operations at once.

Dr Cliff Mann, of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said:

“It is now routine for many staff to arrive at work faced with congested and overcrowded departments in which it is impossible to deliver best care.

“Similarly many leave work, hours after their agreed finish time, exhausted by the scale of the task.”

According to John Appleby, of the King’s Fund, the NHS was facing a “perfect storm”.

“Today’s figures underline the scale of the challenge for NHS trusts struggling to meet demand for services within current financial constraints.

“Most trusts are operating with very high bed occupancy which makes it difficult to respond to unexpected fluctuations in admissions. This is compounded by delays in discharging patients, which prevents beds being freed up for new patients. Today’s figures suggest it will be a long winter for the NHS.”

Your NHS Claim – Speak to the Experts

If you believe that your symptoms have been overlooked or mistreated due to negligence on behalf of a medical professional, contact us today. Hampson Hughes solicitors specialises in securing maximum personal injury compensation in cases of NHS claims.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Even if you have since recovered fully from your injury or illness, we may be able to help you to claim rightful compensation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

Source: BBC News

Serious “Never Events” Still Occurring in NHS

NHS England has recorded almost 1,200 ‘unacceptable serious events’ that have occurred in hospitals over the past four years. Such errors, classified as “never events”, include objects being left inside bodies, falls through windows that were not properly secured, operations on the wrong patient and wrong limb and a kidney being removed instead of an ovary.

Steady Trend

The log of “never events” from the past four years, kept by NHS England, shows a relatively steady trend. Between April 2012 and March 2013, a total of 290 events were recorded, in 2013/2014 338 were recorded, in 2014/2015 there were 306. From April 2015 to December that same year, the last month of recorded figures, 254 incidents were recorded. However, this figure will be adjusted accordingly if and when there are further reports of “never events”.

In an interview with the Guardian last week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt stressed the need for healthcare staff to learn from their own mistakes, as well as those of others. Mr Hunt went on to say:

“I want to normalise openness and transparency.”

Over 1000 Errors Recorded

Errors that have been recorded include the removal of a fallopian tube instead of the patient’s appendix and the removal of an entire testicle instead of the cyst on it. In total for the year ending March 2015, there were 102 cases whereby a foreign object was left inside a body after a wound was stitched, 8 cases were the wrong eye was operated on and 27 cases in which the wrong tooth or teeth were removed. Within that same year there were four cases of misidentification of patients and two cases of a transferred prisoner escaping.

Over the past four years, in total, there have been over 420 patients who have suffered after having a foreign object left inside them after surgery. Objects include the likes of drill guides, swabs, scalpel blades, needles and gauzes.

There have been potentially fatal cases whereby feeding tubes have been inserted into a patient’s lungs instead of their stomach and more than 400 people have been left suffering due to “wrong site surgery”.

NHS England has also recorded cases within the last four years whereby the dosage of drugs given to a patient was too high. Other patients have suffered after being given the wrong type of joint replacement or implant and there have even been cases of patients receiving the wrong type of blood during a transfusion.

Hospital with Highest Number of Events

In terms of the number events that occur at each hospital trust, these are logged separately without any details of what the incident involves. For the year ending March 2015, with 9 events recorded in total, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust had the highest number of “never events”.

A spokesperson for NHS England has said:

“One never event is too many and we mustn’t underestimate the effect on the patients concerned,

“However there are 4.6m hospital admissions that lead to surgical care each year and, despite stringent measures put in place, on rare occasions, these incidents do occur.

“To better understand the reasons why, in 2013 we commissioned a taskforce to investigate, leading to a new set of national standards being published last year specifically to support doctors, nurses and hospitals to prevent these mistakes. Any organisation that reports a serious incident is also expected to conduct its own investigation so it can learn and take action to prevent similar incidents from being repeated.”

Chief executive of the Patients Association, Katherine Murphy, said:

“It is a disgrace that such supposed ‘never’ incidents are still so prevalent. With all the systems and procedures that are in place within the NHS, how are such basic, avoidable mistakes still happening? There is clearly a lack of learning in the NHS.

“These patients have been very badly let down by utter carelessness. It is especially unforgivable to operate on the wrong organ, and many such mistakes can never be rectified.”

Your NHS Claim – Speak to the Experts

If you believe that your symptoms have been overlooked or mistreated due to negligence on behalf of a medical professional, contact us today. Hampson Hughes solicitors specialises in securing maximum personal injury compensation in cases of NHS claims. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Even if you have since recovered fully from your injury or illness, we may be able to help you to claim rightful compensation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

Source: The Guardian

UK: Skin Cancer and Delays in Cancer Treatment

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that an average of 270,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.

1 in 4 deaths in the UK are cancer related – an average of 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime.

Skin Cancer

‘Skin cancer’ is a broad term used to describe two main types of skin cancer:

  • Melanoma – this develops deep within the skin, and can spread quickly to other organs. Melanoma is responsible for 2000+ deaths each year in the UK.
  • Non-melanoma – The two most common types of non-melanomas are basal cell carcinomas (75%), and squamous cell carcinomas (20%). Non-melanomas develop slowly in the upper layers of the skin, and are one of the most common types of cancer in the world – over 100,000 diagnoses are made each year in the UK.

Those most at risk of developing any one of the different types of skin cancer are those with red hair or blonde hair; those with pale skin; and those with lots of moles or freckles.

Overexposure to UV light is a major factor in developing the condition (although in some cases the disease may be hereditary or linked to lifestyle choices). Wearing sunscreen and avoiding sunbeds will help to decrease your chances of developing skin cancer.

Cancer in the UK

Cancer Research UK reports that the four most prominent forms of cancer in the UK are:

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Bowel cancer

The incidence of malignant melanoma has increased year on year in both men and women in the UK, with an average of around 5 cases per 100,000 people in 1983, and an average of around 17 cases per 100,000 people in 2010.

Delays in Cancer Treatment

The most recent statistics published by NHS England show that in 2012-2013, 95.5% of urgent cancer referrals made by a GP were seen by a specialist within 14 days.

Of those urgent GP referrals, 1.6% of patients did not begin treatment within 31 days. When this time-frame is doubled to 62 days, the percentage of patients who did not begin treatment – following an urgent GP referral – increases to 12.8%.

A survey by Cancer Research UK shows that in the case of lung cancer in particular, only 64% of patients felt that they had received a “prompt hospital referral”.

The research also discovered that 57% of the patients polled had not been accurately informed regarding their diagnosis.

Claiming with Hampson Hughes Solicitors

If you feel that your cancer diagnosis was at any time delayed or mishandled, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Our professional and friendly Medical Negligence Team is here to provide you with expert support and guidance – we will handle your claim with the compassion and due diligence that you deserve.

For further information about delays in cancer diagnosis and delays in cancer treatment, and to find out how we can help you, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0151 242 1025 or email medicalnegligence@hampsonhughes.com.

Girl Loses Battle with Cervical Cancer Aged 19

A 19 year old girl from the Wirral has lost her battle with cervical cancer.

What Happened?

Sophie Jones, of Eastham, was diagnosed with the disease in November last year. The teenager had suffered for several months with intense pain in her stomach – this was initially thought to have been Crohn’s disease.

Sophie requested a smear test, but her request was not granted.*

Upon being admitted to hospital, medical staff discovered Sophie’s condition, and that her cancer had spread to other parts of her body.

Sophie’s sister Steph said:

“She was just the life and soul of everything, and just lit the place up. She was always a very calming influence on everyone around her, and she loved being with her friends.

“This should never, ever have happened to her.”

Cervical cancer is rare in women under the age of 25. This could be a reason as to why Sophie’s request for a smear test was not granted.

How We Can All Help

Family friend Pamela Keelan has set up an online petition. The petition is aimed at bringing the debate to parliament over lowering the UK screening age for cervical cancer to 16.

Sophie’s Choice has gained almost 50,000 signatures – Parliament is obliged to debate the matter once the petition reaches 100,000 signatures (you can join the petition by clicking the link)

Claiming with Hampson Hughes Solicitors

If you feel that your cancer diagnosis was at any time delayed or mishandled, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Our professional and friendly Medical Negligence Team is here to provide you with expert support and guidance – we will handle your claim with the compassion and due diligence that you deserve.

For further information about delays in cancer diagnosis and delays in cancer treatment, and to find out how we can help you, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0151 242 1025 or email medicalnegligence@hampsonhughes.com.

*establishing GP negligence in such cases relies on proving that the medical practitioner did not adhere to the current guidelines set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). For further information on cervical cancer screening guidelines in the UK, please visit cancerscreening.nhs.uk

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Health Secretary to Dissolve Mid Staffordshire Hospital Trust

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed plans to dissolve Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital was recently at the centre of a care-standards scandal that involved between 400 and 1,200 more deaths than was reasonably expected in the time-frame.

Appalling Care

An investigation by the Healthcare Commission revealed that the families of patients reported appalling standards in health care.

Discussion focused on the tick-box culture that appeared to be prevalent at the Foundation Trust, with managers placing a greater importance on achieving targets than on patient care.

Administration

Health watchdog Monitor announced that the service was “unsustainable”, and in April 2013 the hospital went into administration – without changes, annual debts of around £40m were predicted by 2017.

The Future

Support Stafford Hospital (SSH) was originally opposed to the plans put forward by Mr Hunt, but now accepts that the Trust should be dissolved.

Mr Hunt is currently reviewing plans to retain maternity services at Mid Staffordshire Hospital.

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Client Awarded £5,000 Damages for Dental Negligence

Hampson Hughes Solicitors has brought a successful claim for medical negligence against a dental practice following a botched procedure and the subsequent unnecessary extraction of two teeth.

What happened?

Our client, a 56 year old man, visited the dentist in November 2010 complaining of pain and sensitivity in a tooth in his lower left jaw. After consideration, the dentist removed the tooth.

Our client was later informed that the tooth had fractured during the extraction, but was assured that the entire tooth had been removed.

Our client then experienced several days of continued pain and sensitivity. He returned to the dentist, where an x-ray was taken – the dentist failed to spot that part of the root had not been removed.

Misdiagnosis and Mistreatment

Our client was told that the pain was likely due to an infection, and he was prescribed a course of antibiotics.
When this failed to have any effect, the dentist replaced a filling in a neighbouring tooth, hoping that this would provide the solution to the man’s discomfort.

In June 2011, our client’s symptoms worsened. The dentist removed an adjacent tooth, and again prescribed antibiotics. Our client returned to the dentist a further five times.

In April 2012, the dentist replaced two more fillings, and in September 2012, the dentist removed another tooth. Our client experienced continued pain, and decided to visit a hospital.

What was the outcome?

Hospital staff took an x-ray of our client’s jaw and immediately recognised the embedded root.

In February 2013, the man underwent surgery to remove the root – which had by this time decayed, causing gingivitis for which the man is now receiving cleansing treatment.

Our client was awarded £5,000 in damages, and has registered with an alternative dental practice.

Dental negligence compensation claims with Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Dental negligence compensation may be available if you have experienced any unnecessary discomfort as a direct result of the actions taken by your dentist.

Depending on the severity of your dental injury, you may require expert medical care. Where possible, our expert team of medical negligence solicitors will help you to access specialist care as part of your claim.

Discover today if you are eligible to claim dental negligence compensation, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Hospital Payout – Girl Injected with Glue

A 10-year old girl has recerived £2.8 million after she was mistakenly injected with glue – directly into her brain – at Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital, London.

What Happened?

Maisha Najeeb suffers from a rare condition in which the arteries and blood vessels in her brain are susceptible to entanglement.

Maisha had previously benefited from the embolisation procedure – which involves deliberately blocking problematic blood vessels so as to prevent future complications.

However, on this occasion the syringe containing the glue (used to clot the vessels) was mistaken for the syringe containing the dye (used to highlight blood vessels in scans).

What was the Outcome?

Maisha, now aged 13, was awarded a £2.8m lump sum by Judge William Birtles at London’s High Court.

The teenager will also receive £383,000 each year until the age of 19. From the age of 19, Maisha will receive £423,000 each year for life – she is expected to live into her 60s.

Maisha’s father Sadir commented:

“Her life is ruined. All her dreams have been broken. I hope that by bringing this case,
lessons will have been learned to avoid this happening to other families.”

Maisha has lost the majority of her bodily and cognitive functions as a result of the incident. The compensation will go towards accommodation and care support.

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.

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