Edwina Rawson recovered compensation for Chantelle’s daughters. Chantelle died after a routine post-surgery complication was not recognised by staff, as she was on the wrong ward.



Chantelle was 25 when she underwent a thyroidectomy as a result of Grace’s Disease at St Mary’s Hospital
in 2006.

After surgery, basic administrative errors resulted in Chantelle being transferred to the wrong ward. She suffered a routine complication post-surgery, which would have been recognised and treated had she been on the appropriate ward.

Sadly, she died in October 2006 as a result of the treatment, leaving two young daughters, then aged five and two years. Liability was admitted shortly after an Inquest in May 2007.

We obtained expert evidence from a consultant physician with a special interest in endocrinology. This confirmed that, but for the negligence, Chantelle would have had a normal life expectancy.

A report was also obtained from a care expert on the probable care that what would have been provided by Chantelle had she lived, and taking into account her career aspirations.

The young girls are now in the care of their maternal grandmother and her partner.

Edwina Rawson was instructed to pursue a medical negligence claim.

The claim settled for £400,000, which was approved by the court, who acknowledged the exceptional care provided to the girls by their grandmother and her partner.

After the claim, Chantelle’s mother Maria said:

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the work that you have put into Chantelle’s case on our behalf.

“Not only dealing with the case but also the help you gave us on other matters at such difficult time. The biggest of thanks and wishing all the best in the future”.


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For further information or to discuss a surgical negligence claim, contact Edwina Rawson on 020 7861 4105 or email edwina.rawson@fieldfisher.com or,

  1. You can speak to any member of our Medical Negligence team on freephone 0800 358 3848 
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All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including legal aid and no win, no fee.

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