Medical negligence cases

Children

  • Brain damage following cardiac surgery
  • Failure to diagnose and treat lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
  • Failure to diagnose infantile spasms (West's Sydrome)
  • Failure to diagnose pyridoxine deficiency
  • Improper repair of congenital duodenal atresia
  • Lumbar puncture causing 'coning'
  • Tonsillectomy complications causing death

Cosmetic surgery

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast augmentation
  • Brow lift
  • Chemical peel
  • Gender reassignment surgery
  • Laser treatment
  • Liposuction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Tattoo removal

Dental

  • Dental implants
  • Failure to provide antibiotic cover leading to endocarditis
  • Failure to remove silastic jaw implant when known to be dangerous
  • Fracture of jaw during canine tooth extraction
  • Improper analysis of radiographs
  • Nerve damage caused by extraction of wisdom teeth
  • Oral surgery causing carotid artery dissection and stroke
  • TMJ damage

Drugs & drug reactions

  • Addiction to barbiturates (improper prescribing)
  • Addiction to heroin (for pain relief)
  • Aminophylline overdose
  • Birth defects caused by Dilantin treatment during pregnancy
  • Cerebral haemorrhage from anti-clotting drug Metalyse
  • Fibromyalgia caused by drug reaction
  • Improper monitoring of ventolin treatment
  • Myopathy secondary to Zocor treatment for cholesterol
  • Ototoxicity causing hearing loss caused by Cisplatin (chemotherapy)
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis secondary to Deseril treatment for migraine
  • Scarring secondary to Roaccutane treatment for acne

Failure to diagnose

  • Brain tumours including:
    • Pituitary adenoma
    • Glioma
    • Acoustic neuroma
    • Medulloblastoma
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Carcinoma of submandibular gland
  • Carcinoma of the thyroid
  • Cerebral haemorrhage
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Heart attack
  • Lung cancer
  • Meningitis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pseudoaneurysm
  • Pyridoxine deficiency
  • Sarcoma
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Testicular torsion
  • Cauda equina injuries

General surgery

  • Acute peritonitis following ova retrieval procedure
  • Bladder damage during cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Breach of infection control guidelines
  • Broken pacemaker lead
  • Damage to hepatic vein during abdominal surgery
  • Faecal incontinence due to haemorrhoid treatment (anal stretch)
  • Faecal incontinence due to lateral internal sphincterectomy
  • Failed vasectomy
  • Failure to sterilise surgical equipment (hepatic duct, septicaemia, ureteric damage)
  • Improperly performed stomach stapling surgery
  • Improperly performed varicose vein surgery
  • Inappropriate multiple surgery on temporo-mandibular jaw joint
  • Laparoscopic injuries (puncture of bowel, dissection of artery, perforations)
  • Mismanagement of hernia repair
  • Nerve damage following head and neck surgery
  • Post-operative infection
  • Severing of axillary artery during surgery for removal of axillary lipoma
  • Unnecessary anterior bowel resection

Gynaecology

  • Endometrial ablation
  • Failed sterilisation
  • Failure to diagnose pregnancy
  • Failure to properly treat sexually transmitted diseases
  • Failure to properly implant contraceptive device
  • Failure to recommend termination of pregnancy
  • Hysterectomy secondary to misdiagnosis of abdominal pain
  • Improper delivery of placenta causing uterine inversion and need for hysterectomy
  • Improper episiotomy
  • Improper IVF management
  • Inappropriate vaginal hysterectomy
  • Incontinence secondary to vaginal hysterectomy
  • Incorrect management with Implanon
  • Infertility due to pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Placental abruption

Misdiagnosis

  • Failure to monitor warfarin levels leading to stroke
  • Failure to properly investigate thyroid pain and swelling
  • Failure to diagnose and treat osteomyelitis
  • Misreported radiology
  • Misreported mammography
  • Failure to treat heart attack
  • Failure to monitor the effects of epidural leading to paraplegia
  • Failure to diagnose breast cancer
  • Incorrect diagnosis of HIV
  • Misdiagnosis of transient ischaemia and subsequent stroke
  • Misdiagnosis of metastatic meningitis leading to failure to treat ischaemia leading to stroke

Obstetrics

  • Birth asphyxia causing cerebral palsy
  • Birth asphyxia causing neonatal death
  • Failure to advise of elective Caesarean delivery with anticipated obstructed labour
  • Failure to detect foetal abnormalities on ultrasound
  • Failure to induce delivery causing brain damage and death
  • Failure to diagnose, monitor and manage pre-eclampsia
  • Failure to properly test for genetic abnormalities
  • Failure to perform emergency Caesarean delivery
  • Failure to detect unstable foetal position
  • Failure to diagnose maternal Strep B infection causing death of baby
  • Forceps delivery causing skull fracture
  • Forceps delivery causing cervical cord damage and death of baby
  • Improper CTG monitoring
  • Improper ventouse vacuum extraction
  • Improper resuscitation
  • Improper ventilation at birth
  • Improper monitoring of foetal kicking behaviour
  • Improper management of trial of labour
  • Inappropriate administration of Mesoprostol
  • Inappropriate administration of Syntocinon
  • Inappropriately prolonged second stage of labour
  • Inappropriately prolonged pregnancy
  • Meconium aspiration syndrome
  • Mismanagement of obstructed labour
  • Mismanagement of pneumothorax
  • Mismanagement of breech presentation
  • Premature labour due to mismanagement of urinary tract infection
  • Rubella in utero leading to brain damage
  • Shoulder dystocia leading to Erb's palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia causing brain damage and death of baby

Orthopaedics

  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Disc herniation (failure to treat in time)
  • Failed back syndrome
  • Failure to diagnose and treat fracture to growth plate
  • Failure to diagnose scaphoid fracture
  • Failure to properly treat complications following knee surgery
  • Neurological and vascular injuries following knee surgery
  • Poorly set Colles fracture of wrist leading to permanent disability
  • Sciatic nerve palsy during hip replacement operation
  • Ulnar fracture improperly set using ulnar nail
  • Unnecessary arthroscopy
  • Unnecessary meniscectomy
  • Unnecessary arthroscopy

Other cases

  • 'Deep sleep' therapy
  • Angiogram leading to stroke
  • Brain damage secondary to radiation treatment for squamous cell carcinoma
  • Chiropractic treatment causing spinal nerve root damage
  • Chiropractic treatment causing brain damage
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (various issues)
  • Duty of care of receptionist at general practice
  • Failure to diagnose seizures following anaesthetic
  • Failure to advise of risk of HIV (duty to patient's sexual partner)
  • Failure to warn of material risks of various medical procedures
  • Failure to properly replace voice prosthesis
  • Failure to counsel re-termination of pregnancy
  • Failure to properly treat wound haematoma following appendicectomy
  • Failure to diagnose and treat hyponatraemia
  • Failure to recognise transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) leading to stroke
  • Failure to warn of risks associated with urinary tract surgery
  • Foreign body/suture left in wound following appendectomy
  • Improper administration of iron injection
  • Improper anti-coagulant treatment
  • Improper supervision of psychiatric patient