A contrast agent was used. It should have been inserted into her vein through a cannula, but the radiographer inserted it into Mrs Bell's artery by mistake. The radiographer, and subsequent medics who examined Mrs Bell, failed to notice what error the radiographer had made. This was despite there being a spurt of blood when the cannula was removed, which is a physical indicator of an arterial puncture. Ultimately, this resulted in Mrs Bell suffering from considerable pain and loss of use of her arm, and requiring numerous surgical procedures to redress the blocked artery. She had to give up her job.
The court found in Mrs Bell's favour, meaning she will now receive £700,000 to compensate her for her losses.
Morton Fraser specialise in medical negligence cases like Mrs Bell's. We were pleased to have been able to assist her with her claim, guiding her through the court process. We are delighted to achieve a favourable result which will enable her to move on with her life.
Link to the Court's opinion here.
Link to Edinburgh Evening News article here.