Sarah Corbett of MW Solicitors Clinical Negligence team acted for a woman who has been awarded damages of £5.8 million after St George’s Hospital in Tooting failed to make a timely diagnosis of meningitis. 

Events Surrounding the Claim

Our client, who was pregnant at the time, attended St George’s hospital in Tooting in January 2011 as she was feeling unwell.  She was admitted to the maternity unit but despite clear symptoms of meningitis, including the classic rash the hospital failed to diagnose meningitis in good time.  As a result of the delay in diagnosis she developed severe sepsis causing gangrene.  Her unborn son was stillborn, her legs were amputated below the knee, she had partial amputations of 3 of her fingers, sustained partial hearing loss and had to come to terms with what had happened to her. 

Sarah Corbett, Partner and Clinical Negligence Lawyer in our Guildford office said of the settlement:

“Meningitis can affect anyone and is very serious if not treated quickly.  I am delighted to achieve this £5.8 million settlement for my client but hope that the NHS learns from this error.  It is unacceptable that the hospital failed to diagnose such a well known condition when the classic signs were exhibited.  Had she been treated in time she would not have lost her unborn son, her lower legs, parts of 3 of her fingers or suffered partial hearing loss.  No amount of money can compensate for what my client has gone through but the compensation will be used to provide her with the equipment, care and assistance she needs for the rest of her life as a result of her injuries.” 

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including those who have been let down by the medical profession or have suffered clinical negligence.  Our team of dedicated and experienced Medical Negligence Solicitors offer a free initial assessment and can discuss your case to see if you might have a valid claim.

Our dedicated professionals can help you progress your claim and help you get the support you need.  If you think that you have a claim for Medical Negligence and need a Clinical Negligence Lawyer, don't delay, call us on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk 

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