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  • Overview

    Negligence Compensation

    Contact one of our medical negligence lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    We have one of the most well-established and experienced clinical negligence teams in the country. Our clinical negligence lawyers have a reputation for winning complex medical negligence cases and we have helped thousands of people claim compensation. 

    How can I make a clinical negligence compensation claim?

    When you put your trust in medical professionals the last thing you expect is to suffer avoidable injuries, but unfortunately it happens. If you have been injured or your condition has been made worse because of medical negligence, and we can prove that the treatment provided fell below a generally accepted standard, you may be entitled to claim compensation for medical negligence.

    Clinical negligence (also known as medical negligence) can have a huge impact on a person’s life, both physically and psychologically.  Making a claim can get you the compensation you deserve for the treatment you need, the financial losses you may have suffered and the future treatment you need.

    How can our clinical negligence lawyers help?

    • We're with you every step of the way, working in a supportive, considered and clear way, dedicated to gaining the best possible outcome
    • At the outset we will tell you whether you have a claim for medical negligence. Throughout the case we will clearly explain each step of the process
    • A specialist, qualified lawyer, with experience in clinical negligence will handle your compensation claim. You will deal with the same person throughout the process
    • The first thing many of our clients want to know is: “why was this allowed to happen to me?” “what went wrong?”, “is this going to be allowed to happen to someone else?” During the clinical negligence investigation we help you find answers to such questions
    • We carry out a comprehensive and independent investigation of your medical treatment
    • We can help you protect your damages by setting up a will or a trust and explaining the tax implications.
       

    Our expertise with clinical negligence compensation claims

    • Our lawyers are specialist in medical negligence cases and our clinical negligence team is one of the most established teams in the country
    • We are highly ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession "Chambers and Partners" and "The Legal 500"
    • Our clinical negligence lawyers have dealt with thousands of medical negligence cases, covering all areas of medicine, many worth millions of pounds to the injured person
    • See our client stories via the hidden menu below for examples of just some of the clinical negligence claims where we have successfully secured compensation for clients.
       

    Our expertise spans many areas of medical negligence including:

    • Birth injury claims
    • Cerebral palsy claims
    • Claims for children
    • Cosmetic surgery claims
    • GP negligence claims
    • Surgical negligence claims
    • Orthopaedic and spinal injury claims
    • Prescription error claims
    • Cancer claims
    • Gynaecology claims
    • Urology claims
    • Inquests and fatal accident claims
    • Eye related injury claims
    • Stillbirth claims
    • Accident and Emergency (A&E) claims
    • Hospital acquired infection claims
    • Care of the elderly claims
       

    Free initial consultation

    Contact our team of specialist lawyers in Kent for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your medical treatment, and give you clear advice on the chances of you receiving compensations in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    Call us on 01892 510 000 for local clinical negligence lawyers in Tunbridge Wells and Dartford, Kent or fill in our short enquiry form and we will assess your claim.

     

  • Related Client Stories

    Hospital misdiagnoses fractured ankle

    Our client, Mrs D, suffered an injury to her ankle after a fall. The A&E department at Tunbridge Wells Hospital failed to recognise a fracture and misdiagnosed the injury as a dislocation, causing additional pain and suffering for Mrs D. Dominique Parker, specialist clinical negligence lawyer at Thomson Snell & Passmore was able to secure a £1,500 out of court settlement for Mrs D.

    Three months delay in diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Our client, Mrs F, suffered a three month delay in diagnosis of her non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer after attending her dentist with pain in her lower right jaw followed by the development of a lump in her right jaw.  The lump expanded from 2.5cm to 9cm and caused unnecessary pain and distress.

    Broken femur took over a year to unite after negligent surgery

    Mr E was 40 years old when he was involved in a road traffic accident.  Following the accident he was taken to the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, with multiple injuries including a closed fracture to the right femoral shaft.

    Failed hernia repair and removal of lax skin surgery

    Failed hernia repair and removal of lax skin surgery  

    Hospital catheter negligence causes permanent bladder problems

    Hospital catheter negligence causes permanent bladder problems

    Child’s lip scarred after being burned by dentist

    Our client, Mr C, suffered permanent injury to the corner of his mouth on the right hand side, caused by the negligent actions of a surgeon, who during a procedure to extract Mr C’s teeth, caused an overheated drill to come into contact with his mouth.

    Doctor causes scarring to baby during delivery

    Our client, Baby W, was born with scarring to her head after her mother, Ms W, experienced a traumatic delivery at Salisbury Hospital as a result of the negligent actions of the doctor.

    Patient wrongfully treated for recurrence of bowel cancer

    Our client, Mr H, was told he would need to undergo chemotherapy, chemo-radiotherapy and surgery for what was assumed, by his consultants, to be a recurrence of his bowel cancer.  He suffered a bowel perforation as a result of the chemotherapy and was then told he did not in fact have a recurrence of the tumour.

    Fall in hospital causes femur fracture, hernia & surgeries

    Our client, Mr A, sustained a fracture to his femur requiring surgery and a post-operative hernia which also required surgery following a fall from his hospital bed.  He had a history of falling and worsening cognitive impairment, but despite this nursing staff failed to ensure his safety and a faulty bedrail was used.

    Negligent prostatectomy and Argus sling surgeries

    Our client, Mr K, suffered from incontinence, infections, severe pain and psychiatric harm after a number of failures by his urology consultant including the performance of a procedure which had been unauthorised and not licenced by the PCT.

    Young woman has facial scarring after wisdom tooth extraction

    Our client, Miss V, was shocked after she came round from her anaesthetic during a routine wisdom tooth extraction, to find the maxillofacial surgeon had burnt her lip causing a disfigurement at the corner of her mouth.

    Poor haemorrhoid surgery causes multiple problems

    Our client, Mr B, suffered with pain and faecal leakage, a feeling of incomplete evacuation and problems with frequency following a botched haemorrhoid anopexy surgery, where the surgeon stapled the surgery site incorrectly.

    Permanent stoma required following bowel surgery leaks

    Our client, Mr F, was compensated £140,000 after he suffered from a prolonged, undiagnosed abdominal abscess which developed after he had leaks into his abdomen following an ileal pouch surgery.

    Employee suffers corneal abrasion after eye injury at work

    Our client, Mr R, suffered a corneal abrasion when he was struck in the eye by the upper rim of a drawer which became loose as he opened it at work.

    Failure to diagnose severe intrauterine growth retardation

    Our client, Mr Y, was awarded £1.6 million (plus annual payments of over £100k for life) after he suffered chronic partial hypoxic ischaemia when doctors failed to diagnose severe intrauterine growth retardation, most likely caused by an insufficient placenta, during the last weeks of his mother’s pregnancy.   

    South East Coast Ambulance Service

    Over the weekend, The Daily Telegraph reported that South East Coast Ambulance Service is under investigation following a scandal which saw ambulances deliberately delayed due to its internal policy of downgrading all 111 calls.  The deaths of 25 patients are now being investigated. 

    Severe brain damage following ectopic pregnancy surgery

    Our client, Miss J, was admitted to hospital after an ectopic pregnancy ruptured her fallopian tube.  She was taken to theatre to have the ruptured tube and pregnancy removed, but during the surgery her aorta artery was severed.  The hospital failed to recognise this, and Miss J haemorrhaged so severely that she suffered a cardiac arrest, and suffered significant brain damage as a result. 

    Dental pain & unnecessary tooth extraction

    Our client, Ms L, sought treatment from her dentist for tooth pain.  The dentist failed to note problems with one tooth on an x-ray, leaving the tooth in place, and causing Ms L to have ongoing pain for a further two months.  He also misdiagnosed a second tooth as having a root fracture leading to an unnecessary extraction.

    Hospital's delay in diagnosis of colon cancer leaves claimant with permanent urostomy and colostomy

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently secured compensation of £140,000 when a hospital failed to follow up a missed routine colonoscopy in a patient who was at high risk of developing colon cancer.

    Failure by GP to send mole for testing leads to missed cancer diagnosis

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently settled a claim for £1 million for a claimant after his GP misdiagnosed a cancerous mole for a wart, leading to a delay in diagnosis.

    Surgeon blocks artery during coronary artery bypass surgery

    Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £23,000 for a woman who suffered from severe angina, haemathorax and requiring a second coronary heart bypass after negligence during her first surgery.

    Client suffers secondary haemorrhage after childbirth

    Jonathan Herbert, specialist Clinical Negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured compensation for a client who suffered an avoidable secondary haemorrhage because of a failure to remove a missing succenturiate lobe of placenta.

    GP failed to attend home of mother who died from pneumonia

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured a six figure sum the husband and children of a mother who died from necrotising streptococcal pneumonia and multi-organ failure, after GP failed to attend her at home.

    Patient suffers severe anoxic brain injury due to bronchoscopy

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist Clinical Negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £400,000 plus annual payments for a claimant who suffered a severe anoxic brain injury after going into cardiac arrest whilst undergoing a bronchoscopy.

    Failure to locate site of hernia during laparoscopic repair

    Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £7,000 for a woman who required additional corrective incisional hernia repair due to insufficient examination in theatre during the first repair.

    Undiagnosed testicular torsion leads to testicle removal

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £13,750 for a school boy who underwent an urgent orchiectomy (removal of testicle) and subsequent prosthesis insertion due to undiagnosed testicular torsion following his attendance at A&E, Eastbourne District General Hospital 3 weeks previously.

    Unnecessary amputation of toe causing on-going pain

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £34,000 for a young man who had his 2nd toe amputated unnecessarily causing on-going pain.

    8 month delay in hip replacement revision surgery

    Jennifer Waight, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £25,000 for a woman who suffered pain and infection in her right hip after an eight month delay in undertaking a right hip replacement revision surgery.

    GP failure to diagnose slipped upper femoral epiphysis

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £145,000 compensation for a young man whose GP failed to properly examine him when he presented with the classic symptoms of a slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE) leading to a more significant slip of the fracture and the necessity of having hip replacement surgery at age 22 and every 12 -15 years thereafter.

    Negligent misprescription causes Cushings Syndrome

    Graham Bell and Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyers based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells & Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, have secured £185,000 for a claimant who developed Cushings Syndrome after a clinic prescribed medication which reacted with his asthma drug.

    Prescription error causes distressing symptoms

    Jenny Waight, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured compensation for a client who suffered distressing symptoms requiring invasive and painful investigations after a pharmacist negligently prescribed the wrong medication to her.

    Six month delay in diagnosing bowel cancer

    Jennifer Waight, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £5,000 for a patient after her hospital failed to inform her of abnormalities on her CT scan, causing six month delay of diagnosis of bowel cancer.

    Femoral artery punctured during pacemaker surgery

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured £50,000 for a claimant who developed a large haematoma near her spine, as a result of negligent pacemaker surgery, causing her on-going back pain.

    Lack of respiratory support causes cerebral palsy

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £5.4 million for a child who suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy after a considerable delay in being provided with respiratory support when he suffered breathing difficulties.

    Death after meningitis contracted during brain surgery

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured over £70,000 for the widow of a man who died after he contracted meningitis following surgery to remove a brain tumour.

    Failure to diagnose fracture leads to knee replacement

    Jennifer Waight, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £10,000 compensation for a women who required a total knee replacement after the fracture to her tibia, which had been undiagnosed, displaced.

    Epidural needle causes paraplegia and spinal damage

    Fiona Mills, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured £350,000 for a claimant who suffered paraplegia and had to re-learn to walk after an anaesthetist damaged his spine with an epidural needle.

    GP failure leads to slip of femoral hip epiphysis

    Fiona Mills, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured over £84,000 for a claimant who suffered a massive slip of her femoral hip epiphysis.

    Death after out-of-hours GP fails to take medical history

    Jennifer Waight, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £14,000 for the widower of a woman who died after her GP failed to take a full a medical history and to appreciate the seriousness of her condition.

    Investigation uncovered falsified patient’s medical records

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells Office in Kent, has secured compensation for the family of a mentally ill man who died as a result of a failure to provide adequate monitoring. During the investigation a nurse admitted falsifying medical records to cover up the negligence.

    Claimant awarded £2m after requiring leg amputation following negligent knee replacement surgery

    Fiona Mills, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells Office, has secured over £2 million for a client who required an above the knee leg amputation following negligence during her total knee replacement surgery.

    Engineer exposed to asbestos compensated for mesothelioma death

    This case study demonstrates expertise of our chemical poisoning and asbestos team which recently negotiated a significant amount of compensation for the Estate of a former contracts engineer who experienced occupational exposure to asbestos when visiting various building sites to measure up for the purposes of drawing plans for air conditioning systems.

    Plant worker compensated for Platinum Salts allergy

    Thomson Snell & Passmore has secured a five sum figure for a former plant worker who developed Platinum Salts allergy, and associated asthma and rhinitis, through his employment.

    Employee compensated after developing Platinum Salts allergy at work

    Thomson Snell & Passmore has secured a compensation aware for a former plant production operator / impregnator who developed Platinum Salts allergy whilst working at a platinum processing plant.

    £50,000 awarded in clinical negligence case following a failure to listen to the patients wishes

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells Office, has secured £50,000 for a client who had expressly wished for ‘no foreign materials’ to be left in his body following surgery.

    Compensation for mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos at work

    Oliver Chapman, specialist personal injury lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore's Tunbridge Wells Office, has secured over £140,000 for the widow and estate of a former floor fitter who died from mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos by his former employers.

    Mesothelioma compensation recovered for engine fitter

    We have successfully negotiated an undisclosed 6-figure settlement for a former engine fitter who contracted mesothelioma from working with asbestos at Chatham Dockyard.

    Mesothelioma compensation recovered for wife of labourer

    We have successfully negotiated a £180,000 settlement for the surviving wife of a former labourer who contracted mesothelioma when working with asbestos during his employment with Vulcan Plastics in Westerham from about 1964 to 1965.

    Failure to plan and deliver baby properly leads to Erbs’ Palsy

    The clinical negligence team recently obtained a settlement in a compensation claim for a child diagnosed with Erbs’ Palsy soon after his birth. After failure to plan his delivery, to discuss the options available fully with his parents and a an allegedly mismanaged birth, the claimant suffered shoulder nerve damage during his birth. The case settled for a six figure award of damages plus legal costs.

    Damages recovered following delay in diagnosis of lung cancer

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for a gentleman who suffered a delay in treatment of lung cancer following a hospital failing to follow up a suspicious chest ray. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Compensation recovered following a failure to diagnose a broken leg

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered compensation for a lady who required a knee replacement operation following a failure to diagnose a broken leg after being admitted to the accident and emergency department of Worthing Hospital. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Damages recovered following fractured jaw during tooth extraction

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for a lady who suffered a fractured jaw during a failed tooth extraction attempt by her dentist. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Mesothelioma compensation recovered for wife of lagger’s mate

    We have successfully negotiated a £120,000 settlement for the surviving wife of a former lagger’s mate who contracted mesothelioma from working with asbestos for an asbestos insulation company, Kitsons.

    Compensation recovered for the oldest ever patient to sue to the NHS

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for the oldest ever patient to sue to the NHS; a lady who suffered a variety of complications following a failure by a hospital A&E department to assess her properly or to advise her residential home properly prior to discharging her back to her residential home with a fractured pubic ramus after a fall. 

    Out of hours GP’s failure to refer patient to hospital leads to death

    We have recovered £14,000 for the widower of a patient who died after an out of hours GP failed to appreciate that her significant medical history and immunosuppressant medication left her vulnerable when fighting an infection.

    Doctor suffers injuries following medical equipment failure

    We have successfully negotiated a five figure settlement for a doctor who was injured during a knee arthroscopy procedure.

    Medical negligence & kidney damage, renal damage and a kidney transplant

    Peter Cooper won an undisclosed seven figure sum for permanent damage to his kidneys, which eventually led to a transplant.

    Compensation for loss of wife following failure to diagnose and treat fractured ribs

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for the surviving husband of a lady who died after cardiac arrest following the development of a haemothorax due to fractured ribs. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Damages recovered for consequences of delay in diagnosis of treatment for post-operative bowel cancer anastomotic leak

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for a gentleman who became critically ill following a failure to diagnose a post-operative anastomotic leak. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Compensation for failure to warn about risks of carpal tunnel surgery

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for a lady who suffered an adverse outcome after carpal tunnel surgery. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Patient recovered £565,000 when hospital delayed diagnosis of a heart condition causing heart attack

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered a substantial sum and a formal apology for a patient who suffered permanent damage to her heart as a result of a hospital’s failure to diagnose acute coronary syndrome and later myocardial infarction and provide treatment with anticoagulants.

    Compensation for malaria medication overdose causing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for a patient who suffered post traumatic stress disorder after receiving a malaria medication overdose due to a prescription error. The case settled for a six-figure award plus legal costs.

    Patient dies after absconding from psychiatric ward

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who negotiated a settlement of £85,000 for the wife and daughter of a man who died after being allowed to wander out of a psychiatric ward.

    Damages recovered following a delayed diagnosis of a fractured neck

    This case study of J v Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust [2011] demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered an undisclosed sum for a lady who suffered extended pain and suffering and anxiety as a result of a failure to diagnose a fractured neck.

    Inquest: coroner gives verdict of misadventure after baby dies one day after birth

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who represented the family at the inquest into the death of their baby son, who died at one day old, having been born in an extremely poor condition.

    Patient receives compensation for unnecessary haemorrhoidectomy surgery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently acted for a patient who underwent haemorrhoidectomy surgery in 2008. Following surgery she went into urinary retention and has since suffered such extreme constipation that she will require laxatives for life and possibly a colostomy in the future.

    Failure by doctors to diagnose knee injury causes muscle wastage injury

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently negotiated a settlement of £15,000 for a woman who suffered a muscle wastage injury as a result of a failure by doctors at Bedford Hospital to diagnose and treat significant lesion of the knee.

    Misdiagnosis of cardiac condition causes brain injury to 22 year old girl

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently acted for a girl in her late teens who suffered serious hypoxic brain injury as a result of cardiac arrest.

    Damages recovered following a delayed diagnosis of a knee injury

    This case study of C v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [2011] demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered an undisclosed sum for a young patient who suffered extended pain and suffering as a result of a failure to diagnose a displaced sleeve avulsion fracture of his inferior patella pole.

    Compensation obtained for leg injury caused by nurse

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recovered £7,500 in compensation for an elderly lady who suffered injury as a result of a nurse stepping on her leg with the heel of her shoe.

    Accident and emergency department fails to diagnose severed hand tendon

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who successfully settled a case involving a failure to diagnose rupture of the deep flexor tendons of the right little and ring fingers, obtaining £27,500 compensation.

    Damages recovered following a failure to treat a broken leg properly

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £275,000 for a patient who suffered permanent injury as a result of a negligently performed intra-medullary nailing of the right tibia.

    Patient suffers acute heart failure following negligent management of post operative complications

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who obtained £15,000 compensation for a woman when her husband died from post operative complications following a right total hip replacement.

    Mother awarded £60,000 for Sheehan's syndrome suffered as a result of negligently managed delivery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team. The team recently recovered £60,000 for a mother who developed Sheehan's syndrome following severe injuries caused by a hospital's mismanagement of birth.

    Negligent birth management results in Erb's Palsy award

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who settled a case involving a baby who, through medical malpractice and the poor management of his birth, suffered shoulder dystocia resulting in right Erb’s Palsy.

    Compensation following a failing to communicate

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team. In this pair of connected cases, the team recovered £22,500 for the Estate of a deceased cancer patient and £7,000 and £8,000 respectively her husband and daughter as secondary victims.

    Compensation recovered for failure to diagnose diseased retina

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered an undisclosed sum for a gentleman who suffered a complication after cataract surgery at Pembury Hospital.

    Compensation recovered for negligent treatment of ectopic pregnancy

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £112,500 for a client who suffered a psychological injury following an unsuccessful operation to remove an ectopic pregnancy (which can be fatal if not treated). So severe was the pain that our client believed she was indeed going to die.

    Compensation recovered for burns suffered during wisdom teeth extraction

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £10,500 for a 25 year old man who suffered a full thickness burn to the corner of his mouth due to equipment being used for wisdom teeth extraction overheating.

    Compensation for facial injuries caused by instrumental delivery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £11,150 for a young boy who suffered facial injuries during instrumental delivery at his birth despite the hospital not admitting negligence.

    Damages recovered following a failure to diagnose and treat infection

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £26,000 for a young man who suffered injury to his knee after a failure to manage an infection.

    Kent hospital fails to prevent elderly lady's pressure ulcers leading to a painful death

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who represented the family of an elderly Kent lady at the inquest into her death caused by pressure ulcers.

    Hospital's failure to treat brain aneurysm causes barrister's death

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently settled the claim of a widow whose barrister husband died following his transfer from Kent to a London hospital with a suspected brain aneurysm.

    Hospital negligence leads to death of wife and mother from asthma attack

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who acted for the husband and sons of a 45 year old woman who died within a few days of her admission to a Surrey hospital as a result of her first ever asthma attack.

    Damages recovered after man loses ability to ejaculate properly after prostate surgery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who have recovered £10,000 compensation for a gentleman who developed retrograde ejaculation following prostate surgery.

    A hospital's failure to diagnose retinal tears led to the loss of a patient's eye

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who successfully settled a case involving the loss of a patient's eye securing compensation totalling £136,500.00.

    A patient's dislocated elbow is left undiagnosed for nine weeks

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently worked with a client suffering from a significant elbow dislocation which was not spotted despite several consultations with an orthopaedic specialist as well as weekly physiotherapy sessions which were unsurprisingly extremely painful.

    Compensation recovered for delayed diagnosis of Achilles tendon injury

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recovered £15,000 for a lady who suffered avoidable pain and suffering following a failure to diagnose and treat a partially ruptured Achilles tendon.

    Claimant received compensation after doctor operates on the wrong area of his palate

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently acted for a claimant who went to Eastbourne Hospital in East Sussex for a routine removal of a lesion on his palate. Unfortunately, the SHO removed the wrong area during a very painful and traumatic procedure.

    Complications following laser cataract surgery leave a patient with a permanently dilated pupil

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently secured compensation of £8,000 for a patient who has been left with a permanently dilated pupil (mydriasis) in one eye.

    A patient loses her sight after suffering a conversion disorder

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who have successfully secured £100,000 for a partially sighted client who developed almost complete blindness as a result of a psychological reaction caused by the negligence of the hospital Trust.

    A patient's kidney is wrongfully removed after minimal pre-operative testing

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently acted for a patient who had one of her kidneys removed unnecessarily.

    Inquest: coroner criticises the GP for failing to do a home visit

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently represented the family of a Tunbridge Wells mother of six children aged between six months and sixteen years who died from an overwhelming infection in February 2009.

    Compensation for negligently performed breast surgery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently acted for a patient who underwent two negligently performed breast augmentation procedures, leaving her with unsightly breast implants.

    Swab left inside patient following episiotomy repair

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered compensation for a patient who had a surgical swab left inside her following an episiotomy.

    Claimant receives compensation for scarring arising from negligently performed cryotherapy

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently acted for a patient who suffered scarring as a result of negligently performed cryotherapy treatment at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

    Damages recovered following adverse outcome to spinal surgery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £145,000 for a client who suffered frequent falls, pain and depression as a result of an inappropriate surgical procedure, leaving him with significant care and equipment needs.

    Undiagnosed torsion of the testicle

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently acted for a man suffering from a torsion of the testicle. He was misdiagnosed during three separate hospital attendances despite the GP repeatedly diagnosing the condition correctly.

  • Latest Updates

    Frequently asked questions from across the practice

    Every month we answer frequently asked questions from across the practice and bring them together to help bring clarity to your legal needs. Each of the sections below lead off to a more comprehensive bank of information.

    Failure to monitor kidneys leads to end stage kidney disease

    Our client, Mrs A, was referred to North Middlesex University Hospital for investigations into her kidney function. She was discharged, but the nephrologist did not advise her GP to continue to monitor her. Eight years later end stage kidney disease was diagnosed. Damages of £32,000 were recovered for the pain and suffering and financial losses sustained as a result of the delay in diagnosis.

    Tragic medical negligence case after death of twin girls settled after five long years

    Tragic medical negligence case after death of twin girls settled after five long years

    Should I settle my medical negligence compensation claim directly with NHS Resolution?

    Often when patients are unhappy with the treatment they have received from an NHS hospital they will make a formal complaint to the Trust. Formal complaints are a useful way of getting essential information about the treatment a patient has received and may sometimes result in that Trust apologising to the aggrieved patient.

    Vaginal Mesh claims

    The recent report by the BBC in their Victoria Derbyshire programme highlighted the plight of many women who had mesh implants in prolapse surgeries.  Hundreds of women are taking legal action in clinical negligence and product liability claims against the NHS and manufacturers of the mesh. 

    BBC News interview involving consultant urologist Mr Paul Miller

    James Cahan, a solicitor in the clinical negligence team at Thomson Snell and Passmore, spoke today to BBC South East News about a recent Good Governance Institute (GGI) report, commissioned by the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.  The GGI report focusses on the issues surrounding the conduct of consultant urologist Mr Paul Miller, when he was working at the East Surrey Hospital, and identifies numerous failings in the way that the Trust dealt with concerns and complaints raised by staff members, as well as patients. 

    Unnecessary operations

    We have been instructed by a number of clients to investigate their concerns about surgical treatment carried out by  orthopedic  surgeon Mr Sahaib Mohammed Sait at the BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital, near Dartford in 2016.

    FAQ: Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury

    Q: I have been injured in an accident which was partly my fault.  Does that stop me from claiming compensation? No.  Many people are reluctant to start a claim because they feel that an accident was their fault when in strict legal terms the accident was in fact caused wholly, or partly, by someone else.

    Man wins three year battle against hospital after being left paralysed following ‘routine’ spinal surgery

    A man who was left paralysed and confined to a wheelchair following what he was told would be straightforward operation for a slipped disc, has won a three year battle for compensation against Brighton & Sussex Hospital Trust. The Trust is now liable to pay compensation likely to run into millions of pounds.

    Brain damage, the hidden cost of acute sepsis?

    According to the UK Sepsis Trust, there are about 150,000 cases of sepsis in the UK each year and 44,000 deaths. Another adverse outcome that is being identified in a growing number of our clinical negligence cases, involving long delays in the diagnosis of sepsis, is brain injury and cognitive deficits, causing lifelong symptoms that are sometimes subtle, but often much more profound.

    Survey indicates just how complex and subtle the consequences of head injury can be

    In a recent survey, eighty five percent of brain injury specialists did not fully appreciate that acceleration or deceleration forces – experienced for example when a car comes to a sudden stop - need last only one fifth of one second to trigger traumatic brain injury. This finding emerged from research conducted by Thomson Snell & Passmore’s leading personal injury team at their annual brain injury lecture.

    The legal week in 60 seconds

    The Solicitors Journal reports on Thomson Snell & Passmore's recent significant promotions within the firm.

    Top 25 UK Law Firm

    We are pleased to receive, for another year, the accolade from eprivateclient of being listed as one of the Top 25 Law Firms in the UK.

    Is your NHS complaint response worth the paper it is written on?

    Jessica Hanrahan, a Paralegal in our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team shares her views on the news that the NHS Complaints Service has been found it to be most inadequate following a review by the Health Service Ombudsman. 

    Calculate a compensation claim in clinical negligence & personal injury

    In a compensation claim for clinical negligence or personal injury, the level of compensation is split into two areas: “general damages” and “special damages”.

    Calculate a compensation claim in clinical negligence & personal injury

    In a compensation claim for clinical negligence or personal injury, the level of compensation is split into two areas: “general damages” and “special damages”.

    Neuropsychiatric aspects of traumatic brain injury: Past, Present & Future

    It has been reported that the number of people suffering from brain injuries related long term neuropsychiatric problems, following an accident, is increasing. Recent technological and scientific advances in brain injury science and the patient pathways means more people are surviving more serious brain injuries according to leading Neuropsychiatrist, Dr Niruj Agrawal.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore fosters future growth with 10 internal promotions

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has announced a wave of internal promotions.

    How do I know if I have a claim?

    An injury, be it physical or psychological in nature, can have a huge impact upon a person’s life.  When an injury has been caused by someone else’s negligence or breach of statutory duty, an injured person may be entitled to claim compensation.  Compensation is not, however, a windfall because, as far as money can, the purpose of compensation is to put a claimant in the position they would have been in had the injury not occurred.  A key objective is therefore to secure funds for rehabilitation to maximise a claimant’s recovery.  

    Maidstone Hospital stops specialist cancer surgery

    Keyhole surgery for stomach and throat cancer suspended following the deaths of five hospital patients will not resume.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore calls for Maidstone Hospital to release surgeries report

    Representing for the number of patients or families of victims of potential medical negligence arising from Maidstone Hospital’s upper GI laparoscopic surgeries, today Thomson Snell & Passmore issued a statement that their request made on 28 February 2014 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 was refused by the hospital.

    Multiple enquiries relating to suspended Maidstone hospital procedure

    Following recent media coverage around a now suspended surgery at Maidstone Hospital we have received enquiries from a further ten patients and their families.

    Headway Painting Party – Paralegals do their bit for Brain Injury Charity

    Jessica Hanrahan and Rupal Patel, Paralegals in our Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury department rolled up their sleeves to get involved at our local brain injury charity, “Headway”, West Kent on 14 November 2013.

    Stryker Hip Recall

    By Fiona Mills, Partner. Contact Thomson Snell and Passmore 01892 510000.

    "No win, no fee clampdown 'hurts women hardest'"

    Fiona Mills, joint Head of our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team, featured in The Telegraph commenting on "changes to the no win, no fee legal system" and how it "will adversely affect women".

    Thomson Snell & Passmore Retains Excellent Rankings

    Thomson Snell & Passmore has achieved outstanding rankings in this year’s Chambers & Partners – with an impressive 24 lawyers recognised as “leaders in their field” – four more than last year.

    Breast implants and cosmetic surgery

    By Dominique Parker, Associate in Personal Injury, and Jennifer Waight, Legal Executive in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore Retains Excellent Rankings

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has achieved outstanding rankings in this year’s Chambers & Partners and has an impressive 20 lawyers recognised as ‘Leaders in their Field’ – retaining its position as one of the region’s leading law firms. Chambers & Partners is one of the foremost independent guides to the legal profession and this year Thomson Snell & Passmore has maintained its strong reputation across all its practice areas.

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Tom was really helpful he explained very clearly and what would happen. Thank you

Client

Thomson Snell & Passmore's 'consistently professional and accessible' team is led by Fiona Mills. Graham Bell is noted for his 'excellent eye for detail'

The Legal 500 2014

In a meeting with Patricia Fearnley I was struck by her immediate understanding of the situation, and also by her warmth and sympathy, which reassured me that I had made the right choice of solicitors to deal with our case

Client

I have used various departments of TS&P and have ALWAYS been VERY happy with all advice correspondence, help and professionalism that I have received

Client

I always feel listened to and have been treated very well

Client

The team helped to build my confidence by keeping me up to date on any progress while reminding me of appointments with regular calls and e-mails. I can highly recommend their services to anybody who is unfortunately in my situation. Thanks James Cahan and his team

I joined as a trainee solicitor and from the outset of my training contract, I felt well supported and I had the opportunity to work on high quality matters with plenty of client exposure at an early stage.  When I qualified, I already had my own caseload which included matters of various case types and complexity and I immediately felt a valued part of the team.  In the years since my qualification, my experience of working at the firm has remained consistently positive, senior colleagues remain supportive and I continue to find the work both challenging and rewarding in equal measure. 

James Cahan

Very professional, removed the pressure from a stressful situation and allowed me to concentrate on my recovery.

Client

Thank you for providing an excellent service, which due to you was stress free for me!  I am more than happy with the amount and am now, more importantly, able to move on putting this behind me.

Client

 The best people outside London.

A very good firm which is well thought of. You see some firms with warts and all - but Thomson Snell & Passmore doesn't have any warts.

Throughout the process, your firm has treated me with unfailing tact and courtesy.  I have been conscious of, as well as the firm’s efficiency, a considerable sensitivity in the way a potentially painful legal issue was dealt with.

Client

We will always be grateful for the way in which you so competently handled our claim and we would most certainly pass your name to anyone we know in need of comparable help.

Client

First class service from the first meeting until the end. Thank-you.

Client

An 'exceptionally capable' team.

The legal 500 2013

The team is very thorough and meticulous.

Chambers UK 2014

The team dealt with a difficult situation. It was good with getting the right experts involved with our case. - Chambers UK 2014

Chambers UK 2014

The firm's level of service is nothing short of phenomenal.

Chambers UK 2014

We would like to thank you for the thorough, efficient hard work you have done on Chris’s behalf. You have informed us of every stage of development as it has happened and we are very grateful for that.

Client

We received sound and clearly explained advice, together with a response that was both sympathetic and professional. We have been kept regularly informed of progress and you have always responded promptly to any queries that we’ve risen in a constructive and helpful manner.

Client

Many thanks for all your support and hard work through a torrid 2 ½ years. We both appreciate it could have ended very differently without your dedication and attention to detail.

Client

I thank you so much for your excellent service and will recommend you strongly to anyone needing help.

Client

 "They handle a lot of work and they are very specialised and very knowledgeable." "What I love about the firm is that they've got real strength and depth."

Chambers UK 2016

Patricia Fearnley regularly finds herself involved in "extraordinarily difficult cases," where she is able to remain "very calm and really push a claim for all it's worth." She specialises in obstetric cases and is also vastly experienced in inquests work.    

Chambers UK 2016

Graham Bell's practice focuses on serious injury. He is described as an "out-and-out clever lawyer with great ideas when analysing cases."      

Chambers UK 2016

Fiona Mills offers strategic clinical negligence litigation services to clients left injured by negligent surgery. She also has experience in both obstetric and delayed cancer diagnosis cases. Clients enthuse that "she is really friendly and explains all the legal jargon that we don't understand and she is always available to talk."     

Chambers UK 2016

Sources note how associate James Cahan "uses his excellent professional skills linked with empathy and good communication skills to enable us to feel supported and informed throughout the process."    

Chambers UK 2016

We received good and prompt service at all times - not only from Jenny herself, but also her secretary and the trainee when necessary.

Client

Overall a very good and responsive service - I wasn't anticipating this. The process of claiming under this area of law is more complicated than I thought it would be but it was translated very efficiently to me.

Client

You have helped make a difficult situation bearable.

Client

Jenny was very good at thinking of all the options and sought good experts in supporting my case; I was pleased with the outcome

Client

I would like to express my extreme gratitude to you for all your hard work.  

Client

I am so happy I chose to use yourself as it has been completely stress free and easy. Thank you so much for all you hard work and help getting this result.

Client

Any time I needed to ask a question or needed any explanation about the case, James Cahan was there at the end of the phone. He answers his own phone so I felt as though I was getting a very personal service. I was never made to feel uncomfortable or a nuisance as I had felt with an earlier solicitor. Communication was excellent throughout, using emails, telephone and letters.  

Client

My case was earlier rejected by another firm of solicitors yet Mr Cahan could see that there was a case to answer. With the expert medical witnesses which he sourced, good communication and sound advice, I felt very confident in his hands that we would get a successful outcome.

Client

Very nice people. Really made the case a lot easier to understand; they were always there to help.

Client

James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  

Client

As mentioned, I was very impressed at the start! As the case grew and went on, I felt completely safe, and trusted Jonathan to act in my best interests, though everything was always run by me before going ahead with anything, without the experience and knowledge.

Client

They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.

Client

My lawyer was very friendly and easy to talk to, and I always felt he was working his hardest on my case.

Client

Oliver was very helpful and friendly, and settled the case within a short space of time.

Client

Kept me up to date with all stages of the claim. Fees were good, and Oliver was a very helpful and friendly.

Client

I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.

Client

I cannot thank Jenny and her team enough and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend TS&P, Debbie, Jenny and Patricia highly enough. Many thanks again for your professional conduct throughout.

Client

I am so grateful to TS&P for all their work and help with my mother's case; it was a very complicated and time-consuming case.

Client

The majority of the claim was dealt with by Dominique Parker who was always informative and caring.

Client

[The firm’s] reputation for quality, thoroughness, and being specialists in clinical negligence.

Client

The superb knowledge of our solicitor, excellent knowledge of field experts, prompt and efficient service. You did everything well. Solid knowledge, canny tactics, superb contacts (barristers and professional experts).

Client

I felt every option was explained, and I was directed in the right path to take

Client

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