‘Travel like you know them’: Road safety made personal
Earlier this summer, the UK government relaunched its THINK! road safety campaign, reminding people to ‘Travel like you know them’ to highlight the human cost of road traffic accidents. The...
A 56 year old successful businessman, Mr O was cycling in the annual London to Brighton Cycle Ride when he fell from his bike sustaining an injury to his head. He was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital in London. Despite initially making a good recovery, Mr O was accidentally started on inappropriate blood thinning medication by the doctor treating him. This resulted in a catastrophic brain haemorrhage at the site of his initial injury. As a consequence, Mr O sustained brain damage of the utmost severity and now requires 24-hour care.
Looking for answers as to why her husband had suffered the haemorrhage, Mrs O’s wife turned to our specialist medical law team to investigate the case. After a three-year long battle for justice, the NHS admitted full liability and apologised for their failings. The NHS litigation authority agreed to settle Mr O’s case two weeks before the High Court trial was due to start for a sum in excess of £5 million.
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