Ron had heart bypass surgery at the world-renowned Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, in November 2006.
During the surgery the anaesthetist turned off his ventilator for almost 15 minutes by mistake. It was supposed to be off for only 2 minutes. As a result Ron’s brain was deprived of oxygen and he lapsed into a coma.
After 11 months in a coma, Ron died in October 2007.
Richard Earle was instructed to pursue a case against the hospital, who quickly admitted that its anaesthetist had caused his brain damage.
A dependency claim was put forward for Ron’s son who struggled to cope without his father’s help at home. In addition, a novel claim utilising the Human Rights Act was included on the basis of Ron’s loss of right to life.
Richard settled the anaesthetics negligence case for £300,000. The claim was funded by legal aid.
When the case settled Richard Earle said:
"I'm absolutely delighted that it was possible to secure a substantial settlement for such a deserving family after their father died in such sad and avoidable circumstances."
Sign up to our email digest