Compensation of £28k awarded to teenager

A teenager has been awarded £28,750 in personal injury compensation following an incident of medical negligence that left him in excruciating pain for several days.

Thomas Roberts was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital in July 2005 by his grandmother after complaining of stomach problems, but doctors at the clinical institution simply gave him painkillers on the grounds that he had an infection in his urinary tract, online resource This Is Bristol reports.

However, the following day, the boy - who was 11 at the time - had to undergo emergency surgery at Weston General Hospital due to a burst appendix and, because an infection had set in by that point, also needed two further operations.

Therefore, his family launched a damages claim on his behalf and the High Court in London has awarded him a settlement of £28,750 from the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust.

His barrister told the court the teenager still suffers discomfort today, despite making a good recovery from his ordeal.

Posted by Craig Williams
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15/06/2011 16:46