Case study: mother suffers brain injury due to hospital errors
Compensation: £1.1 million
Elizabeth lost her job and struggles with daily functioning and relationships with her family after she suffered brain damage due to an overdose of medication she was given whilst in hospital undergoing treatment for stomach ulcers. After Elizabeth’s case was taken on by the specialist solicitors at Hospital Negligence she was awarded £1.1 million in compensation to help her to cope.
When Elizabeth became very unwell due to stomach ulcers she was admitted to hospital for surgery. In the run up to her admission she had lost two stones in weight and had experienced episodes of severe vomiting.
Missed potential of refeeding syndrome
Once in hospital it was noted that Elizabeth had abnormally low potassium levels and had eaten very little for approximately five days. She was at risk of developing a condition known as refeeding syndrome when the hospital introduced nutrional medication. Refeeding syndrome occurs when the medication is given too soon after a period of starvation and it is not discontinued when warning signs of the condition appear.
Warning signs of refeeding syndrome were not responded to
Despite the risk posed to Elizabeth due to her condition she was not seen or assessed by an expert in nutrition or a dietician prior to the introduction of the feeding line. Not long after the medication was commenced she developed signs that she had developed refeeding syndrome, including weakness in her arms.
Permanent brain injury
Despite these signs doctors did not do any tests and the feeding line was not abandoned or the dose reduced. Elizabeth became extremely unwell and suffered a permanent brain injury due to these failures.
Elizabeth and her family felt something had gone badly wrong after being admitted for a stomach complaint and suffering a brain injury whist under the hospital’s care. After being put in touch with the medical negligence experts at Hospital Negligence the trust admitted the mistakes that were made and agreed to pay Elizabeth £1.1 million in compensation so her family could cope with the financial aspects of her condition and purchase the care that she needs.
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