ESTHER WAS LEFT WITH COGNITIVE DAMAGE AFTER DOCTORS MISTAKENLY TREATED HER FOR A VIRUS.
Esther went to hospital several times over two days with severe headaches and sickness. Eventually she was admitted. Blood cultures showed a rare strain of tubercular meningitis. Doctors thought this must be a mistake and treated her for a virus. After three weeks she started to have fits and she was correctly diagnosed. By then she had abscesses on her brain. These caused serious damage to her brain. She needed surgery to her brain and a shunt was inserted (a channel to ensure fluid was able to drain from her brain). Unfortunately, the shunt became blocked twice and each time her brain injury became worse.
She was left with cognitive damage (i.e. her ability to think, learn, remember, understand and communicate was reduced). She managed to complete her secondary schooling but failed to cope with a university course.
She received damages of £2 million including a lump sum and an annual payment for life (periodical payment). This enabled her to pay for some support at home, particularly to plan and organise her activities. It should also meet her loss of earnings for life.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals
"Juliette Clarke was third time lucky for us regarding solicitors. The others were not specialist solicitors for brain injury and this was evident at every point. However, from the first conversation with Juliette it was clear that she knew what she was talking about – very professional, knowledgeable and understanding. Juliette was also approachable to answer the questions that often cropped up."