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Compensation for client who suffered stroke after negligent treatment at the Royal London Hospital

‘Coiling’ brain treatment went disastrously wrong causing client’s stroke

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26 January 2012

Nicola Wainwright, partner in the clinical negligence department of Leigh Day & Co, is pleased to have been able to achieve settlement of a claim on behalf of a client who suffered a stroke as a result of clinical negligence by Barts & the London NHS Trust.

Nicola’s client was treated at the Royal London Hospital for an aneurysm in her brain.  The treatment she received was ‘coiling’, during which tiny platinum coils were deployed into the aneurysm blocking it so that it did not rupture or burst.  Our client had already undergone one coiling procedure that went well when she returned to the Royal London Hospital for a second coiling procedure in October 2005.  However, on this occasion it appears that during the procedure a coil was “dropped” or became displaced and floated off in to one of the blood vessels in her brain.  Repeated attempts to retrieve the coil were unsuccessful and sadly as a result our client suffered a stroke, which caused her to suffer hemiplegia on the right side.  Her right arm and leg were affected and she also suffered some cognitive impairment affecting her memory, attention and planning as well as reduced balance and problems with speech.

Barts & The London NHS Trust admitted liability after we had set out for them details of the case in negligence against them.  They admitted using inappropriately sized coils for the size and width of the aneurysm and admitted that this had caused our client to suffer a stroke.

Nicola was able to recover compensation on behalf of the client for the disabilities the stroke caused her. This compensation has enabled her to pay for private physiotherapy to improve her ability to walk, to buy equipment which makes day to day life easier for her and also to pay a support worker to accompany her on trips out of the house, which her disabilities had made difficult.  This has meant she has been able to make the most of her new life on the South coast, to where she has moved from London, and, in particular, has meant she can enjoy swimming and other activities, which she was not able to for years after her stroke, again.

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