Case Study

Mr P - medical settlement - 30 January 2019

10th March 2021

Clare Langford, Partner in the Clinical Negligence department, recently concluded a complex brain injury claim for the estate of Mr P, for an accelerated brain injury.  The hospital negligently over-administration a powerful sedative which caused Mr P to suffer respiratory arrest and a period of time without oxygen. 

The circumstances of the case were particularly complex due to Mr P suffering from Alzheimer’s disease which was not caused by the hypoxic injury. Sadly, Mr P passed away a few years after the negligence occurred but the claim was pursued on behalf of his estate by his wife. Initially, liability was admitted by the Trust however they sought to argue that the period of time Mr P was deprived of oxygen was so short it would not have caused any damage and all of his symptoms were due to the pre-existing Alzheimer’s disease.  After exchanging expert neurological evidence and just a few weeks before a liability trial, the Defendant conceded the negligence had accelerated the symptoms of the Alzheimer’s disease and the claim was settled for £75,000.00.

Clare Langford comments “this was a particularly complex case on causation and it warranted a good deal of investigation into the impact of the hypoxia against the injuries associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The Defendant was very reluctant to concede any damage at all beyond a few hundred pounds but we fought them every step of the way in order to secure this settlement. I was pleased to be able to assist Mr P’s wife in the claim and to finally obtain answers for many of the queries she had had regarding his care.”

If you or a member of your family have experienced medical negligence, contact Clare Langford, on 0800 111 5050 or email



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