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Claim Issued for FGH Mother & Baby Deaths

The father of one of the babies who died at Furness General Hospital has begun proceedings against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

The father of one of the babies who died at Furness General Hospital has begun proceedings against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Carl Hendrickson’s wife, Nittaya and newborn son, Chester died at the hospital maternity’s unit in 2008.

A Claim Form was sent to the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday 21st October.

Mr Hendrickson’s solicitor Vicki Jagger said, “Carl’s case is very complex and is being thoroughly investigated and assessed by our medical and legal experts. We have to bring the claim to the Court now to protect Carl’s legal position because, with civil claims such as this, there is a limited time in which a claim can be made.

We have not yet established the exact value of Carl’s case but anticipate, at this stage, that it the claim will exceed £50,000. It is unlikely that the case will be ready for trial within the next twelve months.”

Mr Hendrickson, 44, said, “The effect on me and our son Conrad has been devastating and it is really upsetting that every day some new information is coming to light about patient safety at Furness General Hospital.

He continued, “Without the full facts, we are finding it very difficult to come to terms with their deaths and it has been extremely hard to find answers. If I’d known what I know now when Nittaya was pregnant, she would not have set foot in that hospital.”

Burnetts’ medical law team is currently acting for several families in claims of serious clinical negligence by the Maternity Services of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Vicki is a member of the Law Society’s clinical negligence accreditation scheme and is one of only two lawyers in Cumbria who have been accredited by the well-respected charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

For further media information, please contact Angela Huck on 01228 552222 /  07525 128762 or by email to ash@Burnetts.co.uk.

Published: Tuesday 25th October 2011
Categorised: Medical Negligence

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