Compensation of £13,000 recovered after negligent administration of medication caused anaphylactic shock

17 April 2024

We recently acted for Mr C who recovered compensation of £13,000 after suffering an anaphylactic reaction following the negligent administration of Diclofenac Sodium despite his Aspirin allergy.

Mr C experienced worsening pain and sudden onset of shortness of breath the day after falling at home. He was taken by ambulance to Accident and Emergency Department at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate. He highlighted that he is allergic to Aspirin to the staff when he arrived, and his allergy is documented extensively throughout his medical records. Despite this, he was given Diclofenac Sodium which can be associated with a severe allergic reaction in people who are allergic to Aspirin.

Mr C went into anaphylactic shock which caused respiratory arrest followed by cardiac arrest for which he required CPR. He required intubation and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he was managed for two days. He was discharged home a few days later. He suffered from headaches, neck pain and fatigue for three months. He also experienced flashbacks and developed a fear of taking new medications which eased over time.

The specialist clinical negligence solicitors at Curtis Law Solicitors obtained Mr C’s medical records and considered independent expert evidence before submitting an early claim to the hospital and its insurers. We secured admissions of both breach of duty of care and causation of avoidable harm, which enabled negotiations to be rapidly concluded. Mr C recovered £13,000 in compensation for the negligent care that he received.

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