Lawyers representing a highly skilled builder and joiner who suffered a catastrophic stroke following an incorrect hospital diagnosis have achieved a multi-million-pound settlement of his claim against the NHS to pay for the lifetime’s care he will need.
The man, aged in his 50s, was left with grievous disabilities – including impaired memory and speech, anxiety, mobility difficulties and an increased risk of epilepsy – after suffering a brain haemorrhage in April 2009 while being treated at the Queen's Hospital, Romford. He was left requiring around-the-clock care.
Prior to his stroke, he was an 'immensely practical man' whose skilled worked often earned him praise. However, he was admitted to hospital after suffering two brain haemorrhages as a result of an aneurysm which was putting pressure on an artery. Had his condition been correctly diagnosed at that stage, he would have made a full recovery; however, it was not and he suffered a further haemorrhage which caused severe and permanent brain damage.
Through his wife, he sued the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which ran the hospital. The Trust admitted liability and agreed to settle the case by paying a lump sum of £1.66 million, which would be largely used to provide suitable accommodation. Under the terms of the compromise, the man would also receive annual, index-linked and tax-free payments of £125,000, rising to £127,000 from 2018, to meet the costs of his care.
Approving the settlement, the judge paid tribute to the care lavished upon the man by his devoted wife. He added, "Amongst the very sad outcomes is the loss of his practical ability, in which he previously took such pride and such pleasure." The Trust’s barrister issued an apology to the family in open court.