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Seven-Figure Medical Negligence Compensation Paid out to Two Teenagers

Posted on: May 15th, 2011 by Medical Negligence

London’s High Court has approved two £500,000 compensation settlements for two teenagers who each suffered disabilities following surgeries on their hearts at the Bristol Royal Infirmary as children.

Kristian Dixon – now ages nineteen – and Jessica Johnson – aged eighteen – were infants when each underwent heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1992 and 1993 respectively. Mr Dixon claims that he sustained brain damage whilst having the procedure aged just sixteen months, and this has lead him to experience learning and cognitive difficulties in later life. Ms Johnson also suffered severe injuries, rendering her completely reliant on permanent care since.

When the case was heard in the High Court, the victims allege that their injuries were caused by the professional misconduct of their surgeon, Mr James Wisheart, and the manager of the hospital, Dr John Roylance (both of whom were struck from the medical register following an inquiry into the deaths of twenty-nine babies at the hospital between 1988 and 1996), as well as Dr Janardan Dhasmana, who was barred from carrying out heart surgeries at a disciplinary hearing in 1999.

The compensation settlements were agreed by the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, though they did not admit liability for the injuries, and Mr Justice Owen – who oversaw proceedings – commended the families of the teenagers for the dedication they showed over the years.