Severe reaction to prescribed medication

Mr P was diagnosed with thyrotoxicosis (a condition that occurs due to excessive thyroid hormone) and was prescribed Carbimazole by the GP.

He later attended his GP again with intermittent fever and sore throat. The GP diagnosed acute tonsillitis and prescribed antibiotics.

Mr P’s condition worsened therefore he returned to see his GP. He was seen by a different GP and an emergency admission to hospital was arranged as he had suffered a severe reaction to the Carbimazole.  He required two operations to remove the infected material and he required a colostomy. He also suffered from a stroke within the first few days of his admission. He spent a number of weeks in intensive care followed by a period on the stroke ward. As a result of the injuries, Mr P was paralysed down his right side and requires a wheelchair, he is registered blind, has a colostomy which is permanent and he requires carers daily.

Supportive breach of duty evidence was obtained from a General Practitioner and a supportive causation report was received from a Consultant Endocrinologist.

Following receipt of these reports a Letter of Claim was served on the Defendant.   The Defendant served a Letter of Response which admitted breach of duty but not causation and also alleged contributory negligence against Mr P for failing to return to the GP earlier and for not telling the GP he was taking Carbimazole.  Further correspondence took place with the Defendant and causation was subsequently admitted however they continued to allege contributory negligence.

Mr P was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei which is a malignant tumour which fortunately is slow growing and indolent as due to Mr P’s extensive disabilities, it is not possible for him to undergo surgery to remove the tumour.   It was necessary to obtain an oncology report and histopathology report to address the effect of the tumour on his disabilities and life expectancy.

A settlement was reached with Mr P receiving payment of damages.