Settlement received for psychiatric injury as a result of allergic reaction to Penicillin

Mrs LAP was seen by her General Practitioner on the 2nd November 1981 when she had a sore throat and was given Penicillin.  On the 14th December 1981 she developed a rash which was thought to be due to the Penicillin and this was the first indication that she was allergic to Penicillin.

On the 15th April 2013 Mrs LAP had an appointment with a Gynaecologist at Queen Mary’s Hospital Romford, Essex which was to assess her for the cause of pelvic pain she was suffering from.  The consultation notes comprehensively stated that she had an allergy to Penicillin.  The outcome of this consultation was to book her for a laparoscopy.  The pre-surgery questionnaire did confirm her allergy to Penicillin.

On the 20th June 2013 Mrs LAP was admitted for laparoscopy and pre operatively it was documented that she had an allergy to Penicillin.  The laparoscopy was performed and the findings were normal.  She was discharged the same day.

On the 1st July 2013 she was seen in the emergency gynaecology out-patients with a peri umbilical infection and was prescribed Augmentin by the Gynaecological Surgeon. Augmentin is a form of penicillin but because of the name of the antibiotic and that she had a known allergy, Mr LAP did not know she had been prescribed penicillin. Needless to say Mrs LAP took the Augmentin and underwent an acute allergic reaction which involved being doubly incontinent in front of her two young sons.

Mrs LAP sustained an acute exacerbation of her depressive illness which she had been in remission from.

The claim was relatively straight forward. Peter Flory was able to obtain supportive evidence from an expert Gynaecologist on breach of duty and causation and supportive evidence from a Consultant Psychiatrist to deal with the extent of Mrs LAP’s psychiatric injury.

The Psychiatric expert indicated that Mrs LAP’s exacerbation of her depression was self limiting and would improve with and increase in her medication and a course of cognitive behavioural therapy.

The Claim was compromised by amicable negotiation in the global sum of compensation for Mrs LAP of £12,500 plus legal costs.