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Henry Dyson secures compensation for man left in minimally conscious state

John Baker was let down by A&E who failed to carry out a CT after he fell down stairs

Queen's Hospital, Romford

18 January 2012

Henry Dyson, partner in the firm’s clinical negligence department, recently settled a case on behalf of a 69 year old man left in a minimally conscious state after admitted negligence at Queen’s Hospital in Romford. 
Our client had fallen on the stairs at home and had banged his head.  He was taken to A&E at the hospital twice.  Unfortunately, there was a failure to carry out a CT scan that probably would have identified a subdural hematoma that would have led to an admission and treatment.  The expert evidence was that proper treatment would have avoided his deterioration to a state where he is been minimally conscious since May 2009.   Our client’s wife preferred to nurse her husband at home and has given him devoted care since. 
The NHS Litigation Authority admitted liability early in the case and agreed to a settlement meeting as soon as each side had its own expert evidence on care.  The parties were able to agree a lump sum and a periodical payment so that all of our client’s care needs would be met on a professional basis, round the clock for the remainder of his life.

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