18 year old girl settles claim for failings by health visitor
FN, now 18, had right sided hearing loss which was missed in her 8-month hearing check. The health visitor performed an infant distraction hearing test without assistance from a second health visitor and FN’s parents recall that, although FN did not respond properly to the test on one side the test was not repeated and no follow up appointment was suggested.
Settlement achieved for a man left with debilitating bladder and bowel dysfunction following spinal injury
Dr Mala Sidebottom has secured compensation for a 52 year old man who underwent spinal surgery in 2004, resulting in sexual dysfunction and bowel and bladder disturbance.
Stillbirth – failure to scan and identify reduced intrauterine growth
The claimant discovered she was pregnant at around 28 weeks. She had her first scan around four weeks later, following which her pregnancy was estimated to be 30 +5 weeks gestation. Four weeks after that, the claimant saw an obstetric registrar in the antenatal clinic, who noted that the fundal height, a measure of the size of the uterus, was 30cms. The fundal height should roughly equal the number of weeks of pregnancy. However, although the registrar noted the claimant was 34 +5 weeks gestation, she also noted that growth was normal, when it was not.
Elderly client settles claim against leading hip surgeon
Dr Mala Sidebottom has recovered six-figure damages for an 87 year-old whose revision hip surgery in 2010 went disastrously wrong.
The surgery was performed to relieve pain and improve mobility but instead initiated a spiral of events which led to pelvic instability, increased pain, reduced mobility and, eventually, removal of the entire hip joint, causing serious disability.
Following a recent Supreme Court clarification of the law on consent to treatment, our client’s case was that, if they had been given proper advice about the risks and benefits of revision surgery, and the alternatives to surgery, they would have opted for a period of ‘watchful waiting’ with the result that surgery would have been postponed for several years and would have avoided the disastrous outcome which so unfortunately occurred.
Liability was very firmly denied but a settlement was agreed shortly before trial.
Our client said:
“I have been very grateful for all your efforts over the years to secure a successful ending to the clinical negligence claim. I’m sure without your determination and thoroughness there could well have been a different outcome”.
Dr Mala Sidebottom said:
“I am pleased that we were successful and, also, that my client has now undergone further treatment. I very much hope that, with time, their improved condition will allow them to take pleasure in the coming years”.