17 February 2020
Victims of Ian Paterson awarded £37 million in compensation
Victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson have been awarded £37 million in compensation.
Ian Paterson was a surgeon who negligently treated several hundred women between 1993 up until his suspension from practise in 2011. He was later struck off by the General Medical Council in 2015.
Paterson worked as both a private surgeon and an NHS surgeon, and carried out a vast number of unnecessary or incomplete breast operations and other surgeries and also misdiagnosed breast cancer. As a result, Ian Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against 10 patients and is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence.
Given Slater and Gordon’s expertise in medical negligence, we were appointed as one of the lead solicitor’s firms in the civil litigation case. Emma Doughty, Principal Lawyer and head of the medical negligence team in London, led the team who represented over 100 of Slater and Gordon’s clients and was able to bring about justice for over 1000 victims .
Our team secured settlement in September 2017 and the victims were awarded £37 million in compensation. £27 million was paid by the Spire and a further £10 million by Paterson’s insurers and the Heart of England NHS Trust.
As a result of the outstanding efforts of Emma and her team, Emma won an award for Outstanding Case of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards in 2018. Emma said about the case: “Although no financial settlement will ever heal the physical and mental scars inflicted on our clients, they were relieved that they had finally won their battle for justice.
Recently, there have been further reports that the Spire Parkway, where Paterson had worked, have been investigating a number of other surgeons from Spire Parkway Hospital, Spire Leeds Hospital and Heartlands Hospital, who may have performed unnecessary surgeries or treatment. If you have been affected, visit our Register Your Interest page.