Mr Lamb – Medical Negligence Case Study

John Knight, Head of the Personal Injury & Medical Negligence Team began working with Mr Lamb on his Medical Negligence Case in 2014.

When John first met Mr Lamb he heard his story of how he had been left paralysed from the chest down in 2012 after Doctors had failed to diagnose or correctly treat his severe onset of spinal stenosis.

John and the team at Ringrose Law fought hard for five years to represent Mr Lamb, giving Mr Lamb the chance to re-build and start a new chapter in his life.

Mr Lambs Story

After initially experiencing a minor twinge in his neck, Mr Lamb’s symptoms began to worsen quite quickly and he visited 2 GP’s and then following a referral to A&E Mr Lamb was seen by an Orthopaedic junior Doctor and discharged with a non-urgent follow up.

Days later Mr Lamb self-admitted to a specialist spinal unit, due to his rapidly worsening symptoms, where his serious condition was thankfully correctly diagnosed, but unfortunately there was a delay before he was operated on, and then the  surgery didn’t go to plan, and after 3 surgeries Mr Lamb was tragically left in a permanent state of paralysis from T10 downwards. He spent 6 months as an inpatient at a spinal unit.

The Claim

Initially Mr Lamb thought he was just one of the ‘unlucky ones’ and it didn’t cross his mind  to claim compensation after what had happened to him. Two years passed before he contacted Ringrose Law and talked to John about his story. John recognised straight away that there had been multiple points along the timeline where if Mr Lamb’s treatment had been different, the outcome could well  have also been different and proceeded to act on his behalf.

After an initial fight to get Mr Lamb’s before the event insurance company to fund his claim, John advised him that he had a potential claim against 2 possible GP’s, and the NHS Trusts responsible for both the Hospital which discharged him, and the one which had operated on him.

Following receipt of supportive expert medical evidence in respect all aspects of the numerous breaches of duty of care, Ringrose Law also received supportive  evidence from a spinal surgeon to say that if Mr Lamb had been treated non-negligently at any stage of his treatment, he would have been able to fully recover from his debilitating condition.

After submitting claims to all 4 potential Defendants, denials of liability were received, and maintained, across the board.

After much negotiation an agreement was finally reached with the NHS Trust responsible for his surgeries.

The Future

Ringrose Law were able to secure compensation for Mr Lamb, allowing him to move into a new home purpose built to his exact care requirements.

Mr Lamb’s claim was settled in 2020, at a remote Joint Settlement Meeting, and the hard-fought settlement meant a substantial award was agreed with the Defendants to allow Mr Lamb to receive the long-term care he needs.

“My experience with Ringrose right from day one was like it was meant to be. It was fate. The whole experience of working with John was a pleasure. There were many complex problems to solve, but John always explained things in a manner we could always clearly understand and in the end we achieved a fantastic result. John was our Solicitor to start with but is now our friend.

The Settlement we received allowed us to start the next stage of our life, giving us a lifestyle that incorporated my paralysis.

Myself and my family thank Ringrose Law and John for everything they have done to help us, the future’s bright.

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    John KnightSenior Director & Solicitor
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