Harriet, now aged 72, a former midwife who had studied law, had suffered from hypertension since the late 1970s. In addition, in 1985 she was diagnosed with diabetes.
We alleged, on her behalf, that the treating clinicians at the hospital failed to adequately treat or control her diabetes and hypertension.
Specifically, we alleged that there was a failure to treat her persistently raised blood glucose levels and to take effective steps to lower her blood pressure.
A secondary consequence of diabetes is the possibility of diabetic retinopathy which can lead to blindness.
Although she underwent some ophthalmic reviews and had laser treatment, the treatment was both inadequate and carried out too late.
Sadly and unsurprisingly diabetic retinopathy occurred which led to total blindness except for limited vision in the right eye.
In addition, the delays in treatment resulted in kidney damage and probable need for future dialysis.
We acted for Harriet in pursuing a claim for medical negligence. The hospital defended the claim largely on the grounds that Harriet was the author of her own misfortune.
The hospital alleged that she failed to stick to a proper diet and failed to take her medication as prescribed.
The case was supported by an expert diabetologist and ophthalmologist and we issued proceedings on Harriet's behalf.
The claim was listed for trial in July 2007. A few weeks before the trial the defendant’s began to negotiate and Harriet accepted £250,000 in compensation.
Harriet received all her compensation and the defendant agreed to pay all her legal costs as well. The case was initially privately funded and then conducted on a no win no fee basis.
- You can speak to any member of our Medical Negligence team on freephone 0800 358 3848
- e-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or,
- Complete our short enquiry form.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
Fieldfisher is: ‘a firm full of the highest quality lawyers in the field' and has an 'outstanding depth of expertise’ - Legal 500 2015, Awarded Top Tier
"The group is praised for its commitment to 'demystifying the legal process' while this is a firm for which the client has always been a priority"
Fieldfisher's Personal Injury and Medical Negligence solicitors are proudly listed as 'Super Lawyers' in both on-line and off-line printed publishings.
Fieldfisher has successfully been recognised as an "Occupation and Asbestos Disease Specialists" Fieldfisher are now recognised as assessors
Fieldfisher are signatories of the Ethical Marketing Charter demonstrating our commitment to responsible, transparent and professional marketing.
Fieldfisher has been named as the winners of the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015: *Claimant Clinical Negligence Award*. Testament to our expertise.
Substantial recovery after a communication breakdown during tonsillectomy triggers a sickle cell crisis, ending in the death of a young girl
Mother requires hip replacement and 6 months in hospital after nursing failure at John Radcliffe Hospital
Damages for family of baby who died 2 days after birth following a series of failings by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Merton Council accepts liability for death of teacher who was exposed to asbestos in Mitcham's St Thomas of Canterbury Middle School
The Telegraph reports on the Bedside cot that's still on sale after death of seven-week-old baby Grace Roseman
The Sun reports on Jill Greenfield's case of Grace Roseman who was tragically killed by the“dangerous” Bednest cot in April last year