Medical Negligence Fatality Claim Cumbria



Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Cerebral Haemorrhage

Miley’s family was awarded £23,000 for the negligence.

On 14th October 2018, the Deceased (Miley), a 10-year-old girl, presented to the Defendant Trust with 3 weeks of chronic headaches, dizziness, and vomiting and the Trust failed to perform a CT scan. The Trust also failed to get the neurological team involved at this earlier stage which would have been the appropriate course of action in the circumstances.

Miley was placed on a ward and as a result of the delay in the diagnosis of Miley’s cerebral haemorrhage, on 14th October 2018 at 11 pm, Miley suffered from a seizure. After Miley had suffered from a seizure, a CT scan should have been arranged immediately, however, an incorrect decision was made by the Trust for Miley not to undergo a CT scan. Consequently, Miley suffered from a second seizure on 15th October 2018 at 4 am. After suffering from the second seizure, Miley was immediately transferred to another hospital where she underwent an emergency craniectomy. On 16th October 2018, Miley underwent a procedure involving the insertion of the left frontal external ventricular drain and intracranial pressure bolt. On 19th October 2018, Miley sadly passed away.

The Defendant Trust completed a Serious Incident Investigation Report (SIIR), dated 16th May 2019, where the Trust admits that there was a failure to provide Miley with the appropriate and reasonable care on both 14th and 15th October 2018.

Further to this, the Trust provided a letter of response, dated 24th February 2021, admitting that there was a failure to assess, investigate, diagnose and react appropriately to Miley who had presented to the hospital with symptoms of a headache for 3 weeks.

As a result of the Defendant’s negligent treatment, Miley never recovered and sadly passed away on 19th October 2018. Miley’s Litigation Friend/mother, therefore, claimed for the Statutory Bereavement award under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and for PSLA.

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