This was a High Court case involving a claim for clinical negligence arising out of alleged negligent misplacement of a thoracic epidural injection needle during a procedure supposed to be for pain relief, which occurred at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. It was alleged that as a result of misplacement of the needle radiopaque dye entered the claimant’s spinal cord. It was further alleged that as a result the claimant sustained neurological injury leaving her with significant problems of ongoing chronic pain syndrome and psychological issues.
The claim was defended on the basis of liability suggesting that it was the claimant who arched her back during the procedure causing the issue. This was denied by the claimant.
The claimant suffered with significant pre procedure problems and it was quite a challenge to tease out what issues she would have been left with in any event, and those which were caused by the alleged negligence. The case was therefore quite complicated and required anaesthetic expert evidence on breach of duty, a neurological expert on causation, together with a pain specialist and psychiatrist on the value of the claim.
All areas of the claim were disputed and a few months before what was listed as a quite lengthy High Court trial over several days, a settlement meeting resolved the case with a significant six figure sum being paid to the claimant together with costs and the case was concluded.