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Andy's Story: Error regarding use of penicillin via IV drip

Andy was awarded £2,500 in full after he was given penicillin via a drip, even though medical records stated he was allergic.

When Andy was admitted to hospital, it was clearly stated in his medical records that he was allergic to penicillin and any dose of it would allow complications. However, a nurse administered penicillin to him in error via an IV drip.

Due to this, Andy suffered from an anaphylactic reaction and was immediately given hydrocortisone and piriton. There was no lasting physical symptoms that remained, however, Andy went on to develop psychological trauma as a result of what he perceived to be a near death experience.

Andy had made a complaint to the trust prior to instructing us, however he felt that this had not given him adequate satisfaction. Following our instruction and correspondence with the trust, a part 36 offer was made by the defendant of £2,500. Andy felt that he wanted to see an end to the matter and on that basis, accepted the trusts first offer of £2,500 in a full and final settlement of his claim. 

If you feel like you have experienced something similar to Andy and feel you may have a hospital negligence claim, please contact us on 0191 5666 500 or alternatively, you can fill in our short enquiry form and one of our team will be in touch with you. 

*Andy is a fictional character used to protect someone's identity.