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Claim for haemorrhaging following negligent removal of a Redivac drain


Our client was admitted to BMI Healthcare’s Hampshire Clinic for the removal of a lesion in the salivary gland. During the operation, a Redivac drain was inserted into his neck.

Two days after the operation, our client returned to have the drain removed. The procedure was undertaken by a nurse who was not sufficiently experienced to deal with a drain of this type and it was removed in an inappropriate manner. As a result, our client began to bleed profusely, he developed breathing problems and required immediate surgery. 

The nurse involved in the incident was subject to a disciplinary hearing and allegations of misconduct about the matter were raised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Our client not only experienced physical pain from the negligent removal of the neck drain and the need for subsequent surgery but he also suffered a psychological injury and struggled with flashbacks of the incident causing him to relive the traumatic event.  

The defendant admitted that the treatment was negligent. It was clear that our client had found it extremely difficult to come to terms with what had happened, so much so that his psychological injury meant that he was unable to continue working due to his inability to sleep and the recurrent nightmares he suffered. After some negotiation with the defendant, we were able to achieve a good settlement for our client.


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