Our Military Injury claims team have secured a multi-million pound settlement for a soldier who received negligent medical treatment whilst being airlifted to hospital.
The soldier, known as Guardsman X, was on military patrol at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated. He suffered serious injuries to his left leg and left eye, and had to be airlifted to Camp Bastion Hospital.
During the helicopter journey to the hospital, the emergency response doctor told Guardsman X that he would give him more pain relief by putting him to sleep. Guardsman X agreed to this, and the doctor anaesthetised him, placing a plastic tube in his throat to help him breathe.
However, the doctor inserted the tube incorrectly. Guardsman X couldn’t breathe properly and his brain didn’t get enough oxygen during the helicopter flight. Staff only realised what had happened after Guardsman X arrived at the hospital, by which time he had already suffered a severe brain injury.
This meant that Guardsman X was left in a minimally aware, vegetative state. His mother contacted our solicitors on his behalf, and we started a compensation claim to cover his future care needs.
We negotiated a multi-million pound settlement for Guardsman X without needing to go to court. This has allowed Guardsman X and his family to move to a purpose-built property that suited his needs. He also receives 24/7 care and help from a case manager.
He also needs on-going therapy and rehabilitation including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy. The settlement that we secured will continue to fund this treatment, so he will be financially secure now and in the future.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of Armed Forces Medical Negligence, we may be able to help. Visit our Military Injury Compensation Claims page for more info.
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