A taxi driver who received inadequate treatment in hospital after being stabbed in the neck has won compensation worth several million pounds from the NHS.
In May 2003 Leslie Dye was stabbed in the neck by a customer. Following the horrific attack, he was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex to be treated for his injuries. Hospital staff performed a scan, but did not spot a bleed on the brain. Mr Dye suffered a cardiac arrest, and as a result has been left with a serious brain injury.
Mr Dye's daughter made the medical negligence claim against the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, who admitted liability and who have agreed to pay compensation in a lump sum of £850,000. The trust will also make an annual payment, the first for £109,000. Mr Dye now relies of round-the-clock care, and is resident at the Jacobs Neurological Centre in Hertfordshire.
The compensation settlement was approved by Mr Justice Burnett at the High Court in London, who said: “It is obvious that the consequences of the stabbing and the failures in medical care which followed had an absolutely devastating effect upon the lives of all those close to him.”
A trust spokesman said: "The Trust has apologised to Mr Dye and his family for the quality of care he received at Princess Alexandra Hospital and wishes them all the best for the future."
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