Mum Injured Following Negligence After Labour Sees 6 Figure Pay-out
We recently helped a young mum whose negligent treatment in hospital following labour resulted in 2 years of pain and emotional upset.
Ms Wendy Webster, aged 25, was just 20 years old when she gave birth to her son, Charlie, in 2010. Difficulties during the birth resulted in the need for intervention.
Discovering the True Extent of Negligence
Wendy approached our team for help around 9 months after the birth of Charlie, and was still unaware of the full extent of her condition. Wendy initially came to us as one of her son's eyes was damaged during birth due to the negligence of the staff
. After helping Wendy with the claim, we also found that she herself had been subject to negligent treatment
and was suffering as a result."First time when I found out that what I was feeling wasn’t normal post giving birth was in my six week check-up. However, I didn’t realise the full scale of the problems and the affect hospital staff’s negligence would later have on my life until I had begun the legal process. The attention soon turned from Charlie's damage to mine,"
recalls Wendy."After living in daily pain for two years, I was forced to have colostomy in order to make my life more manageable. Unfortunately, due to other surgeries I’ve had, even a colostomy hasn’t made the pain disappear."
Physical and Emotional Strain
Wendy explains that, "Over the course of 5 years I've had six surgeries to improve my life. It's been tough physically as well as mentally and has exhausted me and my family who've had to care for me and my son.""It has been hard from the day one. At first it was difficult for me as a mother because I wasn’t able to enjoy motherhood or to bond with my son because I was so ill. I couldn’t do the things most new mothers do such as bathing and dressing their babies or changing their nappies. I was in so much pain my family had to step in and be by Charlie's and my side at all times - even a simple trip to a supermarket was impossible without anyone to help,"
Wendy explains how she still suffers from ongoing pain, and is lucky to have the support of family;"I still struggle daily and have experienced agonising pain since colostomy too. The 6 operations I’ve endured have left scarring in my intestines. This can sometimes make my intestines get tangled which causes unbearable pain and even prevents me from moving around. Gladly, I have my family who can help me look after Charlie when things like these happens. However, the whole experience has made me really depressed and it's very daunting to know that I could feel agonising pain any minute again."
The Importance of Compensation
Sarah Holdsworth, our solicitor specialising in Medical Negligence
, helped to secure Wendy a six figure sum of £240,000. This figure will hopefully go some way in helping to support Wendy and Charlie in the future and pay for any treatment and rehabilitation they both may need.
Wendy's compensation settlement is to cover:
- Pain and suffering including living with permanent colostomy
- Past care and assistance
- Past travel
- Past loss of earnings
- Future loss of earnings
- Future care and assistance
- Future transportation costs
- Psychiatric injury
Cases like Wendy's show just how important it is to get help when you suspect you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence
. Without pursuing help, Wendy may not have discovered the true extent of the negligence both her and Charlie suffered, and would now not have the compensation providing them the financial support they need.