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Disabled woman eligible for compensation after ambulance blunder

Disabled woman eligible for compensation after ambulance blunder

A significant clinical negligence compensation settlement is likely to be awarded to a woman after she was left brain damaged due to errors committed by an ambulance crew.

Caren Paterson was starved of oxygen after paramedics from the London Ambulance Service (LAS) - which employs more than 5,000 members of staff across the capital - waited for nearly two hours before entering her property despite receiving an emergency call in October 2007 after she collapsed.

As a result of this delay - which was caused because the medical professionals were ordered not to go into the property without a police escort - Ms Paterson suffered a heart attack and will now need care for the remainder of her life.

The LAS has now admitted liability for her permanent disability following a "detailed investigation" into the incident, a spokesman for the organisation said, meaning that Ms Paterson is eligible to receive damages.

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Posted by Cheryl Bennett