Failure to diagnose pneumococcal meningitis

Boyes Turner secured judgment following the failure by Frimley Park hospital to treat meningitis when John* was three years old.

John had been admitted to hospital with symptoms suggestive of a pneumococcal meningitis infection. However, the doctors responsible for his care failed to diagnose and treat the condition promptly.

As a result antibiotic treatment started too late to avoid John suffering a severe brain injury. He now has a very severe disability; he cannot speak and does not have any responsive vision. John will be reliant on others for all of daily living needs, for the rest of his life.  

The process

John’s mother approached Boyes Turner specialist medical negligence team shortly after John sustained his injury.

Expert reports were obtained from a number of different experts who concluded that the treatment John received fell below a reasonable standard.

A letter setting out John’s case was sent to the hospital Trust in 2007, and in 2010, the Trust admitted liability for John’s injury.  Judgment was entered for John in February 2010.

Compensation for John

Once the Trust admitted they were liable for John’s injury, funds were made available to allow John to attend a specialist school, where he could receive specialist medical care and educational and developmental input.

We worked closely with experts in the fields of educational psychology, care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and assistive technology to assess the best, and most suited, assistance for John, both in the immediate and long term future

Following negotiations with the hospital’s solicitors, John’s case settled in the sum of £1.5m.  The solicitors also agreed to continue to fund John’s placement at the specialist school, if local authority funding was withdrawn in the future for any reason.

*All names have been changed for client privacy. 

I have to say I was extremely impressed with the service in what was a very difficult time for myself and my family. The advice and support I had from the team was fantastic and invaluable. They put mine and my wife's mind at rest on many occasions and got a great result for us. Thank you from all of us.

Mr Horne

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