Countess Of Chester Hospital Compensation Clam

If you have experienced an injury as a result of clinical negligence while under the care of the Countess of Chester Hospital, you may be able to claim compensation. Call Quittance today on 0800 612 7456 to speak to an expert about your situation.

Countess Of Chester Hospital Compensation Case Study

A 50 year old man (55 years at trial) reached an out of court settlement of £550,000 following injuries sustained during treatment at Countess of Chester Hospital.

The man was admitted to hospital in 2006 with pain which was radiating down his legs. He was also experiencing decreased urine stream and numbness in his left foot and calf. A CT scan was performed the following day, when it was incorrectly reported as showing no definite evidence of a disc prolapse.

The next day the claimant complained of numbness and incontinence of urine. He reported having no feeling in his bladder or penis and no saddle sensation. Decompression surgery was performed the day after to correct a prolapsed disc, but by this time the claimant had already developed cauda equina syndrome (CES).

Cauda equine syndrome can develop when the nerves in the spinal cord become compressed, resulting in irreversible damage. CES must be treated within 24 to 48 hours to prevent irreversible damage occurring.

The claimant experienced pain in his left leg, foot drop, loss of saddle sensation, bladder incontinence, faecal incontinence and sexual dysfunction. He initially reduced his working hours, but due to the extent of his injuries he later stopped working altogether.

The claimant's bowel and bladder impairment meant that he was restricted in social activities, and he became reluctant to go out with friends. He required physiotherapy which could be undertaken within a home gym rather than in public, given his bowel and bladder issues. He also received occupational therapy.

The man's cauda equine syndrome condition and its symptoms are permanent. Breach of duty was admitted by Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, but causation was not.

Compensation Settlement

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust made an out of court settlement of £550,000 (£602,480.03 RPI adjusted). This included an estimated £100,000 in damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenities.

Making a compensation claim against the Countess of Chester Hospital

Making a claim for clinical negligence may be daunting at first. Hospitals are large organisations, and it can be difficult to find out what happened.

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

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