Woman Compensated for Dislocated Jaw

A woman, who injured whilst undergoing surgery to remove miscarried foetuses, has been awarded a six-figure settlement of compensation after it transpired the surgical mask had severely dislocated her jaw.

The accident occurred in December 2010, just after Amanda Walker (forty-eight from Knaresborough in North Yorkshire) tragically discovered that she had miscarried twins. Shortly after hearing this news, she was scheduled to attend an operation at the Harrogate District Hospital such that the foetuses could be remove. Yet, upon awaking after the operation, Amanda discovered that she was unable to move her jaw and that she had a severe pain down the side of her face.

Doctors at the hospital attributed the pain to a pre-existing condition that Amanda had been diagnosed with ten years earlier.  However, when Amanda visited her dentist to investigate this diagnosis, she discovered that her jaw had been misaligned and that she had sustained severe tissue damage. A MRI scan revealed that Amanda’s jaw injury was comparable with those seen in car crash victims. Due to the pain and severity of the injury, Amanda has been unable to return to her job in marketing.

Once the diagnosis was made, Amanda underwent four corrective surgeries, one of which involved the insertion of an implant. Though the Harrogate District Hospital maintained that the injury was due to a pre-existing condition, Amanda chose to consult a solicitor. The solicitor, in turn, carried out an investigation which concluded that the way in which the surgical mask was applied to Amanda was the cause of her injury, and not a pre-existing condition.

Amanda proceeded to make a claim for medical negligence compensation, but the claim was contested by the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust until very recently. However, a six-figure settlement of compensation was awarded when the trust finally admitted their liability in the surgical mask injury.

The Medical Director of the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Dr David Scullion, commented that “The Trust is pleased an agreement has been reached. We have apologised to Ms Walker for the impact this injury has had on her. We conducted an investigation into Ms Walker’s care with us in 2010 and want to give assurance that we have learned all we can from this incident.”

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Medical Negligence Claim Settled After Doctors Left Surgical Implements Inside Woman


The medical negligence compensation claim of a woman who had surgical material left inside her after giving birth has received a settlement of compensation.


Elise Cattle, aged twenty-seven, gave birth to her son Freddie in the Hull Women and Children’s Hospital in August 2012. However, for a long period after the birth, Ms Cattle complained of intense pain and bleeding, as well as repeated infections that affected her ability to act in a parental capacity. Her opportunity to bond with her son was limited by the fact her parents had to assist with tasks such as changing and washing the newborn.


For five months after the birth, Elise was prescribed treatment by her GP. However, when this continually failed to yield any results, the GP referred Elise to a specialist, who discovered that surgical packaging that is used to reduce bleeding in medical procedures had been left inside Elise after Freddie’s birth. Once it was removed, Elise made a full recovery.


Elise proceeded to get legal advice on her situation before proceeding to make a claim against the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust for the pain she suffered as a direct result of medical negligence. After an investigation determined that the NHS Trust were completely liable for Elise’s condition, negotiations ensued between legal representatives of both parties. A settlement of £7,500 was agreed upon.


After the announcement of the compensation settlement, Elise told a paper that ““when I got home from hospital, the pain just got worse and worse. I couldn’t sit down for days afterwards, and had to use a rubber ring to sit on. I was laid on the sofa while my mum and dad did everything. It really affected my bond with Freddie. I felt like I’d failed him.”
Elise’s solicitor also spoke to the newspaper; “It is accepted by the NHS that these errors are being made simply because healthcare staff and providers are not following clear, simple guidelines.” However, Mike Wright – the Chief Nurse for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, also commented that “when mistakes do happen, we are committed to being open and honest about them”.

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Patient’s Claim for Medical Negligence after a Hysterectomy Settled

A Nottinghamshire woman has settled her claim for compensation after she suffered medical negligence following a hysterectomy.
Tine Grace – aged forty-four from Kirkby in Nottinghamshire  – went to the King’s Mill Hospital on the 13th of August 2012 to undergo a hysterectomy. After the procedure was declared successful, Ms Grace was discharged from the hospital just five days later, in spite of concerns by her parents that she had not recovered enough to care for her two daughters (aged thirteen and two and the time).
A few weeks after the procedure, Ms Grace was complaining of a breathless sensation, and felt a burning pain in her leg. Her parents called an ambulance to her home, and Ms Grace was admitted once again to the King’s Mill Hospital. There, she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot from her leg had broken upon and travelled to her lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.
Ms Grace stayed in the hospital for a further eleven days, and took Warfarin – a blood-thinning agent – for a further six months. During this time, she sought legal counsel and proceeded to make a claim for compensation, stating that after her discharge from hospital the first time, she should have been provided with anti-clotting socks and anti-clotting medication.
In November of that year, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – who oversee proceedings at the hospital – admitted liability for the deep vein thrombosis. They acknowledged that the pulmonary embolism could probably have been avoided had Ms Grace been provided with the adequate preventative materials upon her discharge.
Negotiations ensued between the parties, with an undisclosed settlement of compensation awarded to Ms Grace. After the settlement was announced, Ms Grace said in an interview with the local press that she feared her children would be left without a mother because of the negligence. She commented that “I really felt like I could have died. I was terrified and it felt like every breath I took would be my last.”
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