This article was published on October 28th, 2015
Most medical negligence cases have to be claimed within 3 years of the incident occurring but a mother of three has been given the go ahead by a High Court judge to pursue damages after what she believed to be health problems resulting from a ‘contaminated’ epidural jab.
The woman claims her health has been considerable impaired following a contaminated epidural jab she was given during the labour of her third child. She claims she experienced acute pain and discomfort, as the injection was administered, which left her with no sensation in her legs and an intense pain rushing up her spine to her head.
She told the High Court: “I immediately knew that something was wrong and began to panic.”
Her suspicions appeared to be confirmed as, three weeks after the routine birth, she was admitted to hospital suffering from water on the brain and had to undergo surgery to drain the fluid. Since then she has continued to suffer from an inflammation affecting the brain and spinal cord.
The High Court ruling means that she now has the right to claim massive damages from the NHS despite the incident occurring back in 2004.
The reason she gave for not submitting a claim until 2012 was that it was only then that an expert had suggested that it may have been her reaction to chlorhexidine, an antiseptic in the epidural, that was the likely cause of her health problems.
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