Below you will find details of one of the various successful cases claiming compensation for meningitis, handled by our Director, Caroline Moore.
A Large Six-figure Sum to Our Client Who Had No Spleen but His GP Failed to Give Antibiotics to Prevent Severe Illness
A very large six-figure sum was the compensation that we recovered for our client, from Birmingham. The exact amount of the award is confidential.
Our client suffered an accident when he was a child that led to the removal of his spleen. His GPs failed to ensure that he received lifetime antibiotic cover and regular vaccinations to protect him from his increased risks of infection. He was 37 years old when he suffered permanent brain injury and mobility problems, after contracting meningitis. He was left with permanent memory problems, physical weaknesses and unable to work.
Our client was classified as ‘walking wounded’. This is a condition where, if you met our client, you might think he was unimpaired. His disabilities are subtle and we needed to explore complicated medical issues in his case to achieve the best settlement possible.
The claim was against various of his past GPs who had failed to pick up on the necessity to offer lifetime antibiotic cover, as well as a regular vaccination program, to protect him from his increased risk of picking up serious infective illnesses.
The patient had had his spleen removed, after a fall at eight years old. The GP practice should have recognised this as a medical alert for antibiotic/vaccination. This care should have been put into action, at the latest, when his medical records were transferred from paper to a computerised system, in the early 2000s.