Brain injury compensation claim results in £2.2m out of court settlement
We recently represented a woman who suffered a serious brain injury while she was being treated in hospital.
The brain injury occurred as a result of the woman being starved of oxygen while she was suffering a cardiac arrest.
She had been admitted as a patient to Weston General Hospital in Somerset for cancer treatment. Following surgery she required a nasogastric tube (known as an NG tube) to be inserted. However the hospital staff encountered difficulties with this procedure. On the their third attempt to insert the NG tube the patient began vomiting, and this resulted in her suffering a cardiac arrest.
The cardiac arrest caused our client to be starved of oxygen and left her with permanent brain injury. The injury was so severe that she now requires 24 hour nursing care.
Oliver Thorne, a lawyer who specialises in medical negligence claims, took on the case and represented the woman on a no win – no fee basis.
Oliver succeeded in establishing that the hospital was at fault and that his client should receive compensation for the life-changing injuries she suffered as a direct result.
Solicitors for the hospital made an offer of settlement, but this was rejected by Oliver as he felt that the amount of compensation was insufficient.
Further negotiations took place and eventually a satisfactory brain injury compensation package was agreed. The out of court settlement provided for our client to receive a capitalised sum of £2.2 million.