In the recently reported case of JD V Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Ms JD, a 42-year-old woman was awarded £45,000 after she suffered damage to her ureter during a hysterectomy in November 2017.
As solicitors who represent seriously injured children and adults in clinical negligence claims, we are aware that, while Claimants need access to compensation, they may be worried by the prospect of a trial.
The publicity surrounding the alarming statistic that in one in every 5 births there are lapses that lead to mistakes is scary. Jeremy Hunt’s desire to make it his “top priority” to tackle these incidents is a step in the right direction because any mistake in maternity care can have devastating consequences.
The recent High Court case of Meadows v Khan has considered under what circumstances a claim can be brought for the failure to identify that someone is potentially a carrier of a hereditary condition and that person goes on to have a child who suffers from the hereditary condition and other disabilities.