HJA clients secure GBP 3.3m in clinical negligence damages
14th April 2011
Two Hodge Jones & Allen clients have won a total of £3.3m
damages from clinical negligence claims against Whipps
Cross Hospital, following partial admissions of liability by the
hospital for a series of strokes they had whilst they were in its
Our clients, O and W, who are sisters, both have sickle cell
disease, a genetic condition which affects the haemoglobin in red
blood cells. Whilst under the care of Whipps Cross Hospital,
both sisters suffered a number of devastating strokes as a result
of their sickle cell disease, leaving them disabled. They will both
need constant care for the rest of their lives.
Client O was admitted to the hospital after her first stroke.
She was given blood transfusions intermittently, however
these were not sufficient to manage her condition, and after being
discharged she suffered three more strokes. She was awarded
Client W was taken to Whipps Cross A&E by her mother on
suspicion of a stroke but was sent away. It was later
confirmed that she had in fact suffered a stroke, affecting her
speech and right arm. A month later she suffered another,
this one leaving her with permanent disabilities. She was awarded
Sufferers of sickle cell have "sickle haemoglobin" which causes
red blood cells to stick together. Smaller blood vessels can become
blocked by the clusters of cells, meaning organs are deprived of
oxygen. The condition is severely painful and dangerous.
The cases were run by
Olivia Lawson and
Nina Ali, both partners in the clinical negligence team at
Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. On the outcome, Nina commented: "This
was an incredibly sad case where first one and then the second
sister’s symptoms were repeatedly ignored with devastating results.
There were considerable problems throughout the running of the case
including crucial medical records going missing and the death of a
key expert. Both of our clients and their mother were very pleased
with the settlements and they are relieved to finally be able put
the case behind them and get on with their lives."
reported this case.