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Case Study: Cerebral Artery Aneurysm
Compensation: £2.25 million
Phil, 48 years old, Manchester
JMW secured £2.25 million compensation for a man doctors failed to diagnose an aneurysm causing him to suffer a haemorrhage, resulting in severe brain damage.
When Phil was 49 years old he was referred to North Manchester General Hospital by his GP for investigation into problems he was having with deafness and balance. As part of his investigation he underwent a head CT scan.
Aneurysm found but no follow-up arranged
As a wholly coincidental finding the scan demonstrated a middle cerebral artery aneurysm of approximately 5-6 mm in the brain. This was noted in Phil’s records and follow-up suggested but he was not informed of the finding and no follow-up was arranged. His General Practitioner was not informed.
The finding of a cerebral artery aneurysm requires neurosurgical review and if this had taken place it is likely that Phil would have undergone surgical clipping of the aneurysm.
Haemorrhage eleven years later leads to severe brain damage
Eleven years later, Phil suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage when the aneurysm ruptured.
He attended hospital where he remained for a period of days before transfer to a Neurosurgical Unit where the aneurysm was clipped. Despite the surgery, he sustained severe brain injury resulting in left hemiparesis, significant cognitive impairment and required a supra-pubic catheter. Phil was fully dependent on carers for all aspects of daily living including toileting, dressing, feeding and mobility.
JMW Solicitors were successful in achieving a settlement in Phil's case on the basis of a capital sum of £800,000 in addition to periodical payments of £105,000. This equated to a conventional award of approximately £2.25 million pounds.
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