Helen - Hypoxic Brain Injury

Helen  - Clinical Negligence  - Hypoxic Brain Injury

Helen was admitted to hospital but assessed as non critical and  left on a trolley in a corridor whilst a bed was awaited. Tragically Helen started to choke and suffered respiratory arrest.  Her condition went unnoticed for around 30 minutes until a passing paramedic noticed she was unresponsive.  Attempts were made to resuscitate her, but she had suffered a hypoxic brain injury, caused by the brain being starved of oxygen.  Helen is now tetraplegic and requires 24 hour nursing care.

Helen’s husband instructed Head Injury UK to investigate a claim for clinical negligence.  Expert evidence was quickly obtained which confirmed the care provided to Helen was unacceptable.   The hospital for forced to admit that the care provided was negligent.

Experts in rehabilitation, care, accommodation, physiotherapy and speech and language  were instructed  to ensure all of Helen’s needs were taken into consideration and she would receive the best available medical treatment and care.

A professional deputy has been appointed on Helen’s behalf to work with the Court of Protection to protect Helen’s future needs.  Compensation will be recovered to meet all of Helen’s future care and rehabilitation needs for the future together with adaptations to the family home to ensure Helen can spend time with her family in a comfortable and suitable environment for her needs.

It is estimated the case shall settle for around £3 million this year.

What our clients say

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The compensation Nicola has received has helped her move from a tiny council flat into a massive bungalow which has been specifically adapted. It has enabled her to have a better life.

If it was not for the help of my solicitor I don't know where I would have been today. He provided a great deal of emotional support and secured compensation at various stages from the insurance company to fund my treatment and allow me to live. He was there from start to finish.

Higgs & Sons acted for us for 5 years until our daughters claim for personal injuries was finally settled. Ian remains a trustee of our daughters trust fund and we now look upon him as a friend.

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