A woman attended the casualty department of her local hospital with a lacerated ankle after putting her foot through a plate glass window.
The wound was treated but not X-rayed. A year later she went to her GP complaining of pain in her heel. She was prescribed the analgesic ibuprofen, and, on a later visit, heparinoid/hyaluronidase. Two months later, her GP referred her to hospital and a triangular piece of glass was removed from her heel
However, the handwriting on the prescription was illegible and the chemist dispensed the analgesic buprenorphine (Temgesic)instead. The mistake only came Two to light two weeks later when the woman was admitted to hospital with persistent vomiting and nausea. The case was settled for under local anaesthetic: The claim lb315.
was' settled for lb2,500.
9 A woman in labour with her
* A GP agreed to remove the tattoos 'second child was admitted to her
on the forearm and fingers ofayoung 'local hospital. The baby
woman patient, even though the delivered normally at 6.55 p
operation is not normally available After delivery, however, the
the NHS. He performed the midwife detected a second baby,
operation' under local anaesthetic despite what had been diagnosed
using a skin grafting knife The as a singleton pregnancy. The
wounds were sewn up andbandaged. woman was transferred to the
The woman then left the area and consultant unit where the second
went to a hospital in her new area to baby was delivered by caesarean have the bandages removed. The section at 8.11 p.m. By this time, wounds had become extremely the second baby had suffered painful and her forearm was septic. brain damage, and had become
epileptic and quadriplegic. The case was settled for lb325,000.
Failure of a GP to diagnose menigitis in a young child, who
adequate facilities or training. He went onto develop brain damage. appears to have been inspired to '' Claim settled for lb700,000.
have a go simply on the basis of * A man suffered a stroke after having spent six months' as senior being deprived of oxygen during
house officer inplastic surgery. The rnitral valve surgery. Claim
case was settled for lb5,250. settled for lb45,000.
course of tetracycline (Terramycin) by her GP for a mild respiratory infection.
She was forced to attend as an out-patient every day until the wounds healed. The GP was found to have conducted the operation without