£27,000 Damages Agreed After Hernia Complications

Our client Mr A, from Margate in Thanet, Kent, developed a large incisional hernia following surgery in August 2011 and underwent open mesh surgical repair on a non-urgent basis in March 2013 at the QEQM Hospital Margate.

Unfortunately our client was again admitted to hospital in April 2013 with a non-functioning surgical drain and an infected mesh.

Regrettably the infected mesh was unreasonably left in place until July 2014 which prevented the healing of our client’s abdominal wounds. As a result our client suffered Seroma which became infected resulting in 16 months of dressing and two further operations.

As a further consequence of his experiences our client suffered an adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and a depressive reaction.

The Defendant (East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust) conducted unrealistic settlement negotiations and it became necessary to issue court proceedings which resulted in the Defendant agreeing to pay £27,000 compensation.

Kate Virica, who had conduct of the claim, commented:

It was necessary to issue court proceedings in this case only because the Defendant adopted an unrealistic negotiation stance.

I am pleased that as soon as the Defendant adopted a more sensible analysis of our client’s pain and suffering fair and appropriate compensation was agreed on his behalf.”