Oliver recovers compensation for death caused by hospital negligence.
Oliver Thorne, partner and head of medical negligence at Slee Blackwell Solicitors, has reached an out of court settlement for the family of Torbay woman, Maureen Thompson, in a legal claim for death caused by hospital negligence.
Maureen suffered a cardiac arrest and died in intensive care after being admitted to the hospital with abdominal pains on her 70th birthday. She received treatment over a 10-day period, initially for ischaemic colitis which had resulted in acute kidney injury.
It was alleged in particular that the hospital failed to monitor and deal with her plummeting levels of potassium. An inquiry later concluded that the Trust, “did not try to remedy the low potassium,” and “the low levels may have contributed to the cardiac arrest.”
Maureen’s family brought the compensation claim against the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and the case has attracted media attention. Oliver Thorne, a specialist in medical negligence and an AvMA panelist, told reporters:
“I am delighted to have achieved a settlement for the family. They can now attempt to get some closure on what has been a traumatic experience following a tragic set of circumstances.”
Although Torbay Hospital has not admitted any legal liability for Maureen’s death, a substantial sum of compensation has been paid to bring the legal claim to a conclusion.
Oliver Thorne and his team specialise in medical law, including compensation claims for death caused by hospital negligence. He is able to undertake work on a No Win, No Fee basis and offers a free case review service for anyone who is considering a claim and wants to know where they stand.
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