Compensation for a young mother who nearly lost her young child due to North Coast Hospital’s Negligence

Published 12 Sep 2016

We acted on behalf of a young mother from the North Coast of NSW in relation to a claim nervous shock stemming from the negligent treatment provided to her young child when he presented to their local public hospital.

Our client’s son attended the hospital’s Emergency Department for treatment of severe abdominal pain and vomiting. He presented to the same hospital twice in a matter of hours and on each occasion he was discharged without proper investigation, examination and treatment.

At the time of the attendances, he presented with symptoms consistent with him suffering bowel obstruction including pale appearance, writhing in pain, vomiting, not being able to lay in one position, dry retching and abdominal pain. Despite all these symptoms, the hospital did not take an adequate history, did not perform an abdominal x-ray and did not adequately examine and treat our client’s son. When he finally presented again on a third occasion, a Care Flight helicopter was called as the young boy’s condition was critical. He was airlifted to a children’s hospital for emergency treatment. His mother was by his side the whole time and suffered from this traumatic set of events.

Our client obtained our advice and engaged the expert legal services of our senior solicitor and Accredited Personal Injury Specialist, Julie Baqleh.  We obtained expert evidence from an emergency physician who confirmed there was clear negligence by the hospital in failing to diagnose, treat and refer the patient on. In support of our client’s nervous shock claim, we arranged for our client to consult an expert Psychiatrist and we received a supportive report in terms of her psychiatric and emotional difficulties.

Ultimately, with the strength of expert evidence, the insurance company of the public hospital agreed to offer our client a settlement amount that our client was extremely happy with.

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