£5m compensation for NHS negligence leading to severe memory loss

Posted on: November 11th, 2016

When a severe infection takes hold Doctors may only have limited time to control and eradicate the same before it can cause any patient significant harm.  Time is always of the essence and it is even more imperative when those infections can cause brain injury. 

Infectious disease can cause both meningitis and encephalitis; both conditions can cause the loss of brain tissue and result in significant disabilities if not combated and the earliest instance.  Infections can be either bacterial, or viral.  Some viral infections are countered with specific anti-viral drugs, and bacterial infection with tailored antibiotic therapy.   It is therefore imperative that any infection affecting the brain is treated quickly and with the correct drug therapy. 

The High Court has approved a lump sum plus annual payments from an NHS Trust to a man whose memory was destroyed by a brain infection linked to the herpes virus. The Trust admitted liability for the claimant’s injuries.

The claimant suffered severe amnesic syndrome when he contracted Herpes Simplex Encephalitis. His memory was badly damaged and he has almost no spontaneous recall of recent events, and only fragmented memories of his past life.

On 9 November 2016 at the High Court, Judge Neil Bidder QC approved a settlement consisting of a £2.5m lump sum, plus index-linked, tax-free annual payments of £55,000. The payments will be increased if the claimant goes on to develop early onset dementia.

At Coffin Mew we have the experience and expertise to investigate and win claims for clinical negligence.  Infectious brain disease can affect new-born babies as well as adults.  Our Clinical Negligence Team has fought cases in both Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

If you or a member of your family have suffered from Clinical Negligence please contact our team for a free initial consultation.