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Delay In Diagnosis And Treatment Of Blood Clot Leaves Man With Significant Brain Damage

Specialist personal injury solicitor, Kate Major at Irwin Mitchell’s London office has secured £1.1 million in compensation for a man who suffered severe brain damage following the delay in the diagnosis of a blood clot.


Our client, Mr M attended the Accident and Emergency department of Hillingdon Hospital on 9 December 2007 after suffering from a severe headache for two days. After an initial assessment by the on duty Senior House Officer, his symptoms worsened and he began vomiting. Mr M was given an anti-sickness drug and discharged. The medical staff reassured him that he was suffering from a migraine.   

However, his symptoms continued and on 19 December 2007, Mr M suffered a seizure whilst in bed and was rushed back to Hillingdon Hospital by ambulance. He suffered further seizures once admitted and an emergency CT scan was arranged. The scan revealed a left sided lesion on the brain, demonstrating a possible bleed. Careful treatment and a review by the neurologist were recommended.

On 20 December 2007 Mr M's condition deteriorated and a subsequent CT scan revealed extensive haemorrhaging and evidence of brain compression. He was later transferred to Charing Cross Hospital where an emergency craniectomy was performed on 23 December 2007.

Mr M was left with significant brain damage affecting his cognitive, speech and vision abilities, leaving the right side of his brain weakened. Mr M is now unable to work, is wheelchair bound and prone to seizures.

How Irwin Mitchell Helped

Mr M contacted Irwin Mitchell’s specialist medical negligence team and one of our experienced solicitors, Kate Major, was able to deal with his claim.

The opinion of a medical legal expert supported the allegation that the hospital should have carried out further investigations into Mr M’s symptoms at Accident and Emergency on 9 December 2007. If they had, Mr M could have been diagnosed and treated much earlier and could have avoided major neurological damage. In addition, if the hospital had started treatment earlier on 19 December 2007, Mr M’s cognitive damage would have been significantly reduced.

After lengthy negotiations, Mr M received £1.1 million in compensation to provide for his on-going care and rehabilitation needs.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to a delayed or misdiagnosed medical condition, our clinical negligence lawyers could help you claim compensation. See our Medical Misdiagnosis Claims page for more information.

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