£120,000 for parents after neurosurgery negligence leads to death
We recovered £120,000 for Allan's parents following his death in hospital after neurosurgery to unblock a shunt.
Mark Bowman acted for the parents of Allan following his death on 26 April 2004, aged 17.
Allan had a craniopharyngioma, a benign tumour, which required a shunt. There was a shunt blockage in April 2004 and surgery was carried out to alleviate this.
Post-operatively, his parents sat by Allan’s bedside night and day. During this period, they noted a marked deterioration in his condition and that he had become incontinent of urine.
They expressed their concerns but no doctor attended to examine Allan. The deterioration was not recognised and sadly Allan suffered a cardiac arrest and died on 26 April 2004.
Expert evidence was obtained from a neurosurgeon who was critical of the performance of the shunt revision and the failure to monitor Allan’s condition post-operatively. our expert neurosurgeon asserted that, with appropriate care, Allan would have survived and made a good recovery.
Shortly after receipt of the letter of claim the defendant admitted liability but denied that the parents were entitled to recover any damages.
We obtained the appropriate evidence from a psychiatrist and the defendant accepted the inevitable. After lengthy negotiations, Mark Bowman settled the claim in the sum of £120,000.
The case was conducted on a no win no fee basis.
After the case, Allan’s father said:
"I do not know how we would have coped without you. My wife had lost the will to carry on but thanks to your work, my wife now has a pattern to her life again. It shows what a remarkable job you did for us both."
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