Missed symptoms case
Missed symptoms client
Our client attended an A&E department after experiencing what she believed to be a lightning strike to her eyes but was, discharged with an ophthalmology appointment.
At her ophthalmology appointment the following day, medical staff queried whether she had, in fact, experienced a small stroke and referred her to a stroke clinic. While waiting for her stroke clinic appointment, she suffered a second stroke, causing neurological impairment which meant that she was no longer able to continue working or driving.
Our medical negligence experts were then approached for advice on beginning a claim for compensation.
"Each member of the Thompsons’ team has swiftly and professionally picked up every aspect of the case and we always felt assured that we were getting excellent service."
The hospital accepted that our client should have been admitted to a ward after visiting A&E. However, it denied that its failure to do so had caused her injury, and argued that she would have had the second stroke in any event.
The case went to trial and after hearing all of the evidence, a senior judge came down firmly in favour of our argument and held that had she been admitted for treatment following her attendance at A&E, the treatment would have made a substantial contribution to lessening the severity of her second stroke, even if that second stroke would have still occurred. The judge awarded our client significant compensation to reflect the injuries she sustained.
Our client said: “I would like to say how much Thompsons has helped my family and I over the past five years. When other solicitors would not even consider looking at the case, Thompsons took it on, considered every aspect, and went to incredible lengths with thorough investigations of every avenue to prove what we always knew, namely that the hospital had failed me.
“Each member of the Thompsons’ team has swiftly and professionally picked up every aspect of the case and we always felt assured that we were getting excellent service.
“Thompsons never lost focus or commitment – their perseverance to see that justice was done will forever have our utmost respect and gratitude.”