Bereavement damages: an award or an insult?
Bridget Hughes acted for the Claimant in this vascular injury case which settled for a seven figure sum. The case concerned a 22 hour delay in diagnosis and removal of an acute aortic occlusion, which had obstructed the principal blood supply to both legs. As a result of the delay in removing the thrombosis, the Claimant sustained severe injury involving both his legs, and underwent a transfemoral amputation of his right leg and transtibial amputation of his left leg. There was also the question of whether neurological damage had been sustained by the impact of the thrombosis on his spinal cord and the extent to which this would have been avoided with earlier treatment.
The damages, taken wholly as a lump sum, enabled the Claimant to purchase a suitable property and equipment, and to provide a fund for care.
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