Case studies

Sedation error

23 April 2004

Even though an IM injection was deemed immediately necessary to sedate a violent patient, expert advice to the MDU suggested that it was unacceptable to give the injection into the deltoid muscle. The case was settled for a small sum.

Migrated coil

4 March 2004

A patient had a coil fitted which subsequently migrated into the peritoneal cavity. The patient alleged the coil had been fitted negligently.

Lack of notes

1 March 2004

Adequate note-taking is an essential part of good clinical practice, and failure to do so can prejudice the defence of a claim.

Inadequate treatment of bladder cancer

8 January 2004

Failure to offer adjuvant treatment to a patient with bladder cancer could not be defended.

Malignant melanoma

4 January 2004

A patient died from a melanoma whose primary site was the nail bed. Expert advice suggested that the GP was not negligent for missing this rare diagnosis.

Surgical treatment of a bilateral Wilms tumour

1 January 2004

Misdiagnosis of a bilateral wilms tumour resulted in ligation of both renal arteries and subsequent dialysis and renal transplant.

Wrong speculum

1 December 2003

A GP mistakenly re-uses a speculum on a patient, potentially exposing her to a serious communicable disease.

Decision to refuse treatment
Decision to refuse treatment

An elderly diabetic patient's refusal take her medication causes serious concerns for her doctor.

Old lady
Decision to refuse treatment

An elderly diabetic patient's refusal take her medication causes serious concerns for her doctor.

Delayed diagnosis
Delay in diagnosis

A 43-year old patient reported calf pain which was diagnosed as a sports injury by her GP.