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10 June 2014
Clinical Negligence Solicitor Paul Sankey’s client was just 31 years old when he went to the A&E Department at Royal London Hospital suffering from flu-like symptoms of fever and confusion.
He was assessed by a GP in the Minor Injuries Unit. His oxygen saturations were measured at 92%. He was reassured and discharged from the hospital. The following day he collapsed and died.
A Serious Untoward Incident Investigation was critical of the GP for failing to arrange admission in the face of low oxygen saturations. The GP alleged that he had taken but not recorded a second reading which was normal and therefore admission was not required.
Expert evidence was obtained from a General Physician and a Microbiologist, both of whom thought that on admission he would have been treated with broad spectrum antibiotics pending the result of blood cultures the following day, and would have survived.
The Defendants admitted Breach of Duty but denied that antibiotics would have been administered until the following day, by which time it was common ground that treatment would have been too late. Legal proceedings were issued. The medical negligence claim was contested throughout but resolved by negotiation 4 weeks before trial for £200,000 compensation.
Paul Sankey is a Medical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
Slater and Gordon are a leading Medical Negligence Law Firm with over 1,200 staff in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Halifax, Newcastle, Wakefield, Cambridge; and meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire.
Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
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