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£350,000 compensation for brain injury due to hospital infection

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    Kerstin Kubiak recovered £350,000 compensation for a patient who contracted a bacterial infection whilst an inpatient for neurological surgery. Our client was admitted for surgery to treat uncontrolled epilepsy, which involved a pre-operative assessment using telemetry wires embedded into the brain; …

    By Kerstin Kubiak

Kerstin Kubiak recovered £350,000 compensation for a patient who contracted a bacterial infection whilst an inpatient for neurological surgery. Our client was admitted for surgery to treat uncontrolled epilepsy, which involved a pre-operative assessment using telemetry wires embedded into the brain; following this procedure, our client contracted a gut flora bacterial infection in the brain. This infection became deep seated and required further extensive surgery to remove and treat the infection. It was alleged that the Trust failed to ensure adequate hand hygiene procedures of its medical staff and in addition failed to carry out a deep clean of the room where our client was, as the previous patient in the room had suffered from a peri-anal abscess. Our client suffered long term effects of her brain damage, including problems with her memory, speech difficulties, physical weakness and an inability to return to work.

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