Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Compensation Claim

If you have been injured or become ill whilst under the care of a hospital within the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, you may be entitled to make a clinical negligence compensation claim. To discuss your options with an expert, call Quittance on 0800 376 1001.

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Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (2011) - Case Study

A claimant received an out-of-court settlement of £38,000 after suffering post-traumatic stress following negligent treatment at a hospital within the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

The claimant received an intravenous saline drip on admission to hospital. When the time came to change the bag, the nurse mistakenly used a local anaesthetic known as lignocaine, instead of a bag of saline. Not realising her mistake, the nurse left the room.

Immediately, the claimant began to feel unwell. Her heart was racing and her head and neck felt numb. She felt disorientated with blurred vision, and her speech became slurred.

The claimant tried to call the nurse but her voice was inaudible and she was unable to make herself heard. She tried to get out of bed but collapsed on the floor. Paralysed by the anaesthetic but still conscious, the claimant was terrified. She passed in and out of consciousness and genuinely thought she was going to die.

The physical effects of the lignocaine were intense but short-lived. Within hours, the claimant had made a full physical recovery.

However, the claimant went on the develop post traumatic stress. She was diagnosed with a specific phobia of hospitals and OCD.

The phobia of medical treatment was problematic as the claimant was prone to recurring lung infections that required hospital admissions and intravenous drug infusions. She had been under the long-term care of respiratory physicians and rheumatologists for seven years at the time of the incident.

Cognitive behavioural therapy was recommended for the claimant's specific phobia and OCD. Therapy was delivered alongside conservative management techniques. It was accepted that the treatment may lead to some improvement in the claimant's condition, but she was unlikely to make a complete recovery.

Compensation settlement

Total damages of £38,000 were agreed in an out-of-court settlement. Of this, £32,000 was attributed to pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

Making a compensation claim against Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher