Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Compensation Claim

If you have been injured as a result of medical negligence at a hospital within the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust you may be entitled to financial compensation.  To speak to an expert about your situation, call Quittance on 0800 612 7456.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2005) case study

A 31 year old man was awarded almost £940,000 in an out of court settlement after steroid medication, administered when he had a campylobacter infection, caused him to develop osteoarthritis in both hips.

The man, who was 24 at the time of his injury, was admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with chronic abdominal symptoms. The hospital diagnosed that he had ulcerative colitis and gave him steroid medication.

A few days later he was diagnosed with a campylobacter infection, but the hospital continued to treat his illness with steroids for a month.

Steroid medication is contra-indicated for patients with a campylobacter infection, as in those circumstances the medication can cause arthritis.

Six months after his admission to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital the Claimant had developed osteoarthritis in both hips. He underwent 9 operations to treat his illness; including multiple hip replacements, hip joint removal and resurfacing and re-fixing of the hips.

He was unable to work in his occupation as a messenger, although he would be able to work in the future if he was able to sit down and stand up on a regular basis. He could no longer take part in his hobbies of football and sports, and suffered from depression.

It was believed that he would need at least 2 further hip replacements on each hip, plus a girdlestone procedure, in which part of the head of the thigh bone is removed to allow it to fuse with the socket of the hip in the straight leg position. This would leave the Claimant with a floppy hip.

Compensation Settlement

The Claimant was awarded £939,824.83, which included £70,000 (£93,982.48 RPI adjusted) for pain, loss and suffering, and £100,000 for future loss of earnings caused by the injury. (Smith v Manchester).

Making a compensation claim against Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Making a claim for medical or clinical negligence can seem initially overwhelming. Hospital Trusts are large complex organisations.  Just finding out what happened can be complicated.

Our panel of solicitors have significant experience in taking on hospital trusts and securing financial compensation for people affected by clinical or medical negligence.

Call us on 0800 612 7456 to discuss your situation with a claims expert or find out what your claim could be worth.