£2 million compensation for negligent hospital treatment resulting in air embolism and stroke


Claim following removal of a central line with the patient sat in a chair. This led to an air embolism and stroke which caused a somatoform pain disorder and permanent disability.  This is one of the NHS’s 10 “never events.”


£2 million made up of compensation for the injury, past and future loss of earnings, care and equipment , treatment and the additional cost of suitable housing.

What Happened

The Claimant was an insulin diabetic with hard to control diabetes. The Claimant was in Whips Cross Hospital being treated for diabetic ketoacidosis, she had recovered. Prior to the Claimant’s discharge, the central line was removed with her Claimant sat upright in a chair, this allowed air to enter her bloodstream causing small embolic strokes.

The Claimant was discharged home with no aftercare after 5 days in a stroke unit. The Claimant required help with all activities of everyday living. Her GP arranged some rehabilitation and therapy but the Claimant remained disabled with short term memory loss, reduced power and strength in her left arm and leg, reduced ability to walk and poor speech. Due to her reduced mobility, the Claimant had a fall during the claim and suffered further injuries.

The Claimant was on the point of returning to work as a counsellor after a period of caring for her son and retraining but was unable to return to work.

It was admitted that the wrong procedure was used in removing the central line but the extent of the Claimant’s injury caused by the negligent treatment was heavily contested until settlement shortly before trial.

The Claimant attended a number of hospitals for therapy and treatment, medical records had to be obtained from each hospital and updated.

Evidence was required from a number of experts including diabetic medicine, neurology and neuropsychology, radiology psychiatrists, care and case management, speech therapy and physiotherapy, adaptive aids and equipment and housing cost.

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