More than £1 million in injury compensation has been awarded to a Shields man following a medical negligence claim.
Forklift truck driver Joseph Neale was awarded the compensation by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation after doctors twice failed to treat him for a head injury, the Shields Gazette reports.
Mr Neale’s GP gave him an emergency referral to North Tyneside Hospital after he was injured in a fall from a skip in 2002.
Medical staff at the hospital discharged him without treatment twice before sending him for a scan which revealed a brain haemorrhage, following which he was left with a serious brain injury.
"It is incredibly distressing to see someone you love in that condition, but for it to have happened as a result of someone else’s errors makes it even more galling," Mr Neale’s daughter Helen Todd told the paper.
It follows reports this month that a nine-year-old boy from Milton Keynes was awarded more than £8 million for spine and brain injuries caused when he was accidentally run over by his father in the family car.