£5 Million damages awarded for paramedic delays

20 June 2014

delay in treatment results in brain damage claim for £5 million

A 36 year old woman has been awarded damages of £5 million, for injuries sustained by reason of a delay in emergency treatment being provided to her.

Caren Patterson was at home in Islington in 2007 when she collapsed. Her partner contacted 999, however the ambulance waited 100 metres away until a police escort could be provided, as Ms Patterson’s address was inexplicably described as ‘high risk’.

Due to a lack of resources in the area at the time, it was more than 100 minutes before the ambulance and paramedics arrived at the property by which time Ms Patterson’s brain had been deprived of oxygen and she had also suffered a cardiac arrest.

As a result of her injuries, Ms Paterson, who was a genetic scientist, is unable to work and requires 24 hour care in a specialist medical unit. The compensation package which consisted of a £1.4 million lump sum payment and annual payments thereafter, was approved by a High Court Judge this week.

The London Ambulance Service and the Trust offered sincere apologies to Ms Paterson and her family and issued a statement saying that they hoped the damages awarded in this matter will provide the care required by Ms Paterson in the future.

If you believe that a hospital or other care provider in Northern Ireland may have been negligent in providing advice or medical treatment to you or a member of your family, which has resulted in injury, and which could have been avoided, Worthingtons Solicitors have an experienced team of litigators who specialise in Medical negligence.

The Medical Negligence Team will gladly provide advice on all aspects of medical negligence claims in Northern Ireland. Contact Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on ( 028 9043 4015) or Nikki McConnell at our Newtownards office on (028 9181 1538) for advice and guidance on this process.

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