Samantha Critchley recovered £350,000 for John who was injured when he fell from a hospital window after being admitted to a secure psychiatric unit.
John had a history of serious mental illness. On the evening of 10 March 2001 John's family called an ambulance. He was taken to the accident and emergency department at the local hospital.
His notes stated that he was suffering from psychosis with an underlying depression. John was admitted informally to South Ward 3 which was on the 3rd floor. The main entrance to the ward was kept locked by staff. The fire door was in need of repair.
John became increasingly agitated and paranoid during the following day. He was running wildly all over the ward. At about 18.20hrs, he escaped through the fire door on the ward and ran out of the ward. He fell through a window on the third floor, sustaining serious injuries.
We alleged that the nursing staff:
- failed to respond to John's agitated behaviour throughout the day on 11 March 2001
- failed to administer sedative medication
- failed to ensure that John remained in a side room where he would not have access to either of the exits from the ward.
In addition the on-call psychiatrist, upon being informed of the John's behaviour at or about 17.20, failed to examine John adequately.
As a result of his fall, John suffered serious injuries. He was in a coma for an extended period of time. He suffered diffuse brain damage and a fractured hip and shoulder, the latter preventing him from ever returning to his pre-accident work as a plasterer.
After protracted negotiations Samantha Critchley settled the case for £350,000, shortly before trial.
Following John's injury and due to a number of previous similar cases within the same trust, a full internal and external independent inquiry was carried out. One positive outcome is that the psychiatric ward has now been moved to the ground floor.
All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including no win, no fee.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
"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 has successfully been recognised as an "Occupation and Asbestos Disease Specialists" Fieldfisher are now recognised as assessors
Charities we support
Hugely successful case management day focuses on best practices for clients
Partners Jane Weakley and Anna Bond spoke at a well-attended case management day this week about collaborative working practices to achieve the best outcome for clients.
New NHS sepsis guidelines will prompt earlier diagnosis and save lives
Following a huge amount of work by the UK Sepsis Trust, in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians and NHS England, new treatment protocols for suspected sepsis have been issued by NHS England.
Six figure settlement in missed diagnosis of DVT in A&E at Kingston Hospital
Arti Shah has secured a six-figure settlement for Mahadeva Mahindan after a missed diagnosis of his wife's DVT leading to brain damage and subsequent death.
Client Becky Tyler speaks at Parallel Worlds conference about cerebral palsy and videogames
Hugely talented client Becky Tyler gave a presentation on eye gaze gaming and Minecraft at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the Parallel Worlds conference.
Bridget Collier leads Fieldfisher sponsored walk for Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group Charity
Fieldfisher represents parents of Yousef Al-Kharboush who died in ITH Pharma contaminated baby feed case