A five figure sum in compensation has been awarded to a man after he suffered from a serious illness when he was prescribed with unsuitable medication.
Mr Harper was employed by the Military of Defence (MOD). At the time of the injury he was stationed at the Campbell Barracks in Germany, having returned from duty in Afghanistan in March 2009.
Despite having a history of gastric problems which included stomach pains, heartburn and reflux which were all clearly made note of in his medical records, when Mr Harper visited the Army Medical Officer after suffering from intense pain in his back, he was prescribed Diclofenac with no questions asked about his medical history.
Mr Harper took the medication as prescribed but he started to suffer from stomach pains. That evening a friend noticed how unwell Mr Harper looked and they went to seek medical advice however no medic was available. His symptoms worsened therefore an ambulance was called.
Once in hospital, he had a CT scan to try and identify the problem. It was found that there was air in his abdomen, so he had to undergo exploratory surgery.
The day following his surgery, Mr Harper was asked if he had been taking any medication. He was immediately told that he should not have been given Diclofenac and this had caused a stomach ulcer to burst.
Mr Harper remained in hospital for ten days and was on sick leave for another two weeks until June 2009. He has been left with a large scar down his abdomen and has suffered from episodes of vomiting which finally settled after three and a half years.
Due to the medical negligence Mr Harper encountered through wrongly prescribed medication, he underwent an unnecessary operation and suffered pain and suffering. As a result, £15,000 was received in an out of Court settlement.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of negligent care from a doctor, we may be able to help you claim compensation. See our Medical Negligence Guide for more information.
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