Our client, Kate Harvey, aged 36, underwent surgery involving the removal of ovarian cysts at Southlands Hospital, Shoreham – by – sea, West Sussex on 1st October 2012.
The surgery was alleged to have been carried out negligently resulting in an injury to the spleen causing massive abdominal bleeding, anxiety and depression. Expert evidence was obtained from a General Surgeon, a Consultant Psychiatrist and Consultant Psychologist.
A claim was pursued against Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, the NHS Trust responsible for Southlands Hospital.
A Letter of Claim was sent to the Trust on 10th February 2014. The basis of the claim was the fact that the operation had been carried out negligently resulting in abdominal scarring, a prolonged stay in intensive care and the development of anxiety/depression.
The Trust denied negligence, arguing that the surgery has been carried out to a reasonable standard. Despite their denial, they put forward an offer of £7,500 in full and final settlement of the claim.
This was rejected and after negotiations, Fairweathers Solicitors LLP were able to practically double the Defendant’s first offer and settle the claim for £14,000 in full and final settlement of Kate’s claim.
Kate Virica, Solicitor who had conduct of the claim commented:-
‘This was an interesting claim in which liability was denied throughout by the Defendant hospital. We always believed that we had a strong claim and were able to push for a good early settlement of the claim for Kate, without in the end having to issue Court proceedings’
Kate Harvey commented on the services from Fairweathers:-
“I found Kate Virica and her secretary most helpful. She gave me practical, honest advice which I needed to help me with making educated decisions throughout my claim.
I am glad I had Fairweathers on my side to put an end to a very difficult episode in my life. Thank you very much”.