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Patient Awarded Compensation after Protracted Medical Negligence Negotiations

Posted on: January 9th, 2016 by Medical Negligence

A woman, who developed deep vein thrombosis after she failed to receive adequate medical care following a hysterectomy, has been awarded an undisclosed compensation settlement.

Tina Grace, aged forty-four from Nottinghamshire, underwent the hysterectomy procedure on the 13th August 2012 at the King’s Mill Hospital. The operation was initially declared a success and Ms Grace was discharged after just five days, even though her parents were protesting that she would not be fully able to care for her two children, then aged two and thirteen.

Yet three weeks after the operation had been carried out, Ms Grace was still suffering from bouts of dizziness and pain in her leg. An ambulance was called to her home, and she was brought back to the King’s Mill Hospital. After she was readmitted, Ms Grace was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. However, a blood clot that had initially developed in her leg had broken up, travelling to her lungs via her circulatory system and there caused a pulmonary embolism.

Ms Grace remained in hospital for a further eleven days, and was then prescribed the blood-thinning Warfarin for another six months. As she recovered, Ms Grace proceeded to make a claim for compensation against the hospital for post-hysterectomy medical negligence. In the claim, she alleged that she should have been provided with anti-clotting medication and medical stockings after her initial discharge.

A few months later, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who oversee proceedings at the King’s Mill Hospital, admitted liability for Ms Grace’s condition, acknowledging that, if she had been provided with the correct equipment before her first discharge, she probably would not have developed the condition.

Negotiations ensued, and finally ended with an undisclosed settlement made to Ms Grace for her post-hysterectomy medical negligence. After this announcement, Ms Grace told a newspaper of her fears that her children would be left without their mother: “I really felt like I could have died. I was terrified and it felt like every breath I took would be my last.”