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January 19th 2018

Medical Negligence

Missed infection developed into sepsis and kidney abscess

Rachel O'Connor

Rachel O'Connor

Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence

Missed infection developed into sepsis and kidney abscess

A successful claim for damages was made by Hudgell Solicitors medical negligence team on behalf of 47-year old man who developed sepsis after a health centre failed to diagnose that he had a urinary infection.

A successful claim for damages was made by Hudgell Solicitors medical negligence team on behalf of 47-year old man who developed sepsis after a health centre failed to diagnose that he had a urinary infection.

The legal process

Given the details of the treatment received, our team took advice from independent medical specialists and served a letter of claim on the defendants, alleging that there had been a failure in care by not carrying out a dipstick urine test given the patient’s symptoms. This matter was settled without the need for a court hearing.

Settlement

A damages settlement of £18,000 was offered at the first stage and accepted.

Hudgell Solicitors comment

“We alleged that had the dipstick test been completed when he first attended at the health centre, it was likely he would have been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and oral antibiotics would have been prescribed, thereby controlling the infection. We were delighted to receive an early offer of settlement for our client.” – Rachel O’Connor – medical negligence team.

Client comment:

“It was a very frightening time for me and I was pleased with the result. When something like this happens to you it is important that people are held to account, which happened by the way of me making this claim and them offering damages.”

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