29 April 2008
Judge rules against doctor in clinical negligence case
A doctor has been ruled to have been negligent in his treatment of a baby who was suffering from meningitis, it has been revealed.
Dr David Williams had examined baby Chloe May Langdon, diagnosing her with an upper respiratory tract infection and advising her grandmother to take her home and give her painkillers.
Shortly afterwards, however, the youngster's condition worsened. She has since suffered from scarring, different length legs, delayed walking and bone destruction around the knees.
In a recent ruling, a judge has stated that Dr Williams had "failed to exercise the ordinary skill of an ordinary competent general practitioner in carrying out that consultation".
The damages to be awarded to Chloe, who is now eight years old, will be determined at a later date when the long-term effects of her injuries are clear.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the spinal cord and brain. It can be caused by either a bacterial infection or a virus.