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A Dudley mother and grandmother has received significant compensation from Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust for discharging her from hospital too soon.
Margaret Rogers, a 58-year-old former college cleaner, says: “No amount of money will ever give me back the life I once had, but this settlement has allowed me and my family to achieve the very best quality of life I can.”
Mrs Rogers’ case began in September 2007 when she attended at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley complaining of headaches. She underwent a CT scan and lumbar puncture and was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. After a course of intravenous antibiotics, she showed some signs of improvement and on 26 September the hospital discharged her.
However, on her return home, her condition worsened and on October 6 she returned to Russells Hall where medical staff diagnosed a brain abscess. She was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where she underwent brain surgery, but lost the ability to talk, lost feeling in her limbs, became incontinent and suffered regular seizures.
In August 2010, she was diagnosed with a tumour in her lower spine which was linked to her earlier issues. Her mobility was affected and her short term memory was poor.
In 2012, Russells Hall admitted that she should not have been discharged on October 6, and that if she had remained at the hospital, on antibiotics, she would have made a full recovery.
An interim payment enabled her to buy an electric wheelchair, a car with hoist facilities, private Occupational Therapy and physiotherapy input, a neuropsychologist and a case manager.
Clare Langford, a solicitor in Higgs & Sons’ highly regarded clinical negligence department, acted for Mrs Rogers against Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust.
The case was finally settled in September 2016, with an initial lump sum and annual payments to enable her to live her life the best she can, given the legacy of the condition she suffered.
The family has been awarded compensation to enable them to buy a specially adapted bungalow and employ a round-the-clock professional carer.
Mrs Rogers commented: “It has been a very long and difficult few years, and I really don’t think we could have seen it through had it not been for the sensitive and expert advice we received from Higgs & Sons.
“Clare’s holistic approach over the seven years since we first approached Higgs has ensured that ours is very much a relationship rather than a solicitor/client transaction. Her diligence and dedication enabled us to meet our financial needs through interim and final settlement, but she went above and beyond.
“Higgs has always looked at the family’s wider needs in order to secure the right support at each stage.”
Clare Langford added: "This was another very complex clinical negligence claim. It was our case that doctors should never have allowed Mrs Smith home. Had she remained in hospital receiving treatment, she would have made a complete recovery.
"Like many victims, Mrs Rogers was not only reluctant to seek financial compensation for her injuries, but modestly unaware that such a course of action was available to her.
“I am satisfied with the outcome, and reassured that Margaret and her family can now live their lives to the fullest, with the very best support available.”
To contact Clare Langford or another member of the clinical negligence team call 0345 111 5050.
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