Woman wins £160k medical negligence claim

Joanne Connolly has been awarded £160,000 by the High Court after a nine year medical negligence claim battle against Western Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Connolly is unable to have children after the hospital failed to quickly diagnose and treat a molar pregnancy in May 2002, which resulted in her having an emergency hysterectomy. The 35 year old Strabane woman worked in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry as a radiographer, and went to their casualty department because she was concerned during her first pregnancy. She went to the department on several occasions but the molar pregnancy diagnosis was not immediately established.

A molar pregnancy results from a complication in the passing of genetic information between the sperm and the egg during fertilisation, which causes the egg to develop into a hydatidiform mole, which can potentially develop into a tumour. Mrs Connolly's solicitors claim the hospital had no management policy for a molar pregnancy, and that this resulted in a delay in treatment, with Mrs Connolly having to undergo an emergency hysterectomy one month later.

Solicitors acting for Mrs Connolly said the trust refused to accept liability for nine years before eventually admitting their negligence last month.

If you have suffered illness or loss as a result of medical negligence contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast for information on how you can make a claim for compensation by email at [email protected] .

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