Simon was in his mid 20’s when he dislocated his finger. He went to the Accident and Emergency Department of his local hospital. He was seen by a nurse who successfully put his finger back into joint by manipulating it. However, whilst she was doing this Simon fainted and fell to the floor, hitting his head and knocking himself unconscious.
To avoid this sort of thing happening it is standard practice for patients to be seated whilst manipulations are taking place. The nurse failed to follow this practice on this particular occasion. The hospital therefore admitted fault quite quickly. All that had to be decided was how much compensation should be awarded.
At first sight, it did not seem as if this would be much. Simon was off work for about 3 months and then got back to his pub management job. However, as with a number of head injuries, it took time before the full effects became apparent. After about a year or so Simon thought his memory was deteriorating. Before the fall he was able to recall everyone’s telephone number and deal with several tasks at the same time. His inability to continue to do this led to frustration with his job and difficulties in his personal relationships. As time went by these problems became greater and they resulted in him losing his job and his marriage breaking down.
The claim settled a month before the trial to decide the amount of compensation was due to take place, for £125,000. Happily Simon has learned techniques to cope with his memory defects which have enabled him to be reunited with his wife and embark on a new career.
Hilton Armstrong – July 2019