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We pursued a neurosurgery negligence claim for Lynn who suffered a blood clot in her leg during procedure at the Royal National Hospital. She accepted £55,000 damages for her injury and the pain it caused.

In December 1997, Lynn was diagnosed as having benign intra-cranial hypertension, which causes a build up of pressure in the brain. Her symptoms included headache, dizziness and tinnitus. Lynn underwent an insertion of a (lumbar peritoneal) shunt at the Royal National Hospital to relieve the pressure.

Three months later Lynn was readmitted to the hospital with the same symptoms. The neurosurgeon advised that she could have a lumbar puncture again to relieve the pressure or else her condition could be monitored further. Lynn opted for the lumbar puncture as her headaches continued to get worse.

On 15 March 1999, Lynn reported that her headaches were worse. A lumbar drain was inserted on the 16 March to monitor pressure.

Following the insertion of the lumbar drain, Lynn suffered leg pain caused by an epidural haematoma due to the fact that a lumbar puncture was performed, while she was being anticoagulated.

A ventriculoperitoneal shunt was put in on 23 March 1999. Lynn was discharged home from hospital on 10 June still complaining of pain.

Lynn instructed us to pursue a neurosurgery negligence claim. Proceedings were issued in March 2002. Shortly after service of proceedings, the action settled in the sum of £55,000.

For further information or if you have a neurosurgery negligence claim or hospital negligence claim, call Paul McNeil on 020 7861 4019 or email

You can discuss your neurosurgery negligence claim with any member of our clinical negligence solicitors on freephone 0800 358 3848, email or complete our short enquiry form.

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