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12 January 2017
The widower of a woman who died following surgery as the result of medical negligence was awarded a five-figure settlement.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: James Bell is a principal lawyer and medical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon in London.
What Happened: Our client’s wife underwent anti-reflux surgery, but was not fully made aware of the risks of the operation or that it was unlikely to improve her condition.
Had the risks been known, she would not have consented to the surgery. During the course of the procedure, a serious bleed occurred.
Impact: As a result our client’s wife underwent two gastroscopy procedures and was found to have two ulcers. Despite this and her complaint of reflux, she was discharged.
She underwent further corrective surgery and died days later.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: We brought a medical negligence claim on behalf of the deceased’s husband. The first defendant, the surgeon, denied liability. The second defendants, the hospital trust, confirmed that the treatment provided was negligent. Mediation was considered the best way to proceed.
Decision: An agreement was reached that the trust was to pay the sum of £70,000.
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