Express Solicitors secure £225,000 from Ministry of Defence in medical negligence claim
After Martin Watson was medically discharged from the army due to kidney disease, he sought legal representation from Express Solicitors. The team took on the Ministry of Defence and won Martin £225,000 in compensation on the grounds of medical negligence.
Martin’s claim was that his illness had accelerated to this point as quickly as it had due to medical negligence on behalf of his employer.
We immediately knew that Martin’s case was legitimate and that this was a man being forced from a job he loved by employers that could have prevented the situation in the first place.
Martin’s rapid kidney disease progression
In 2001, while serving in the army, Martin Watson went for a routine medical check where doctors found he had high blood pressure and protein in his urine. While these are both indicators of kidney disease, no further checks were deemed necessary.
Martin continued these routine checks every year but nothing was done about his disease until nine years later, despite the same results every time.
In August 2010, Martin was sent for an ultrasound of the kidneys and had a biopsy which confirmed he had stage four chronic kidney disease.
With greatly reduced kidney function, Martin was put on dialysis and the kidney transplant waiting list.
Medical discharge and the legal fight for compensation
On the verge of medical discharge from the army, Martin wisely sought legal advice from Express Solicitors in order to pursue a claim of medical negligence against the MoD.
Martin believed, with good reason, that his condition could have been minimised and slowed down with proper medical intervention, “While this condition would always have caught up with me, if my kidney disease had been caught earlier, it would have happened later on in life, as medication would have delayed its progress.
“I had applied to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme but my claim was rejected on the grounds my illness hadn’t been caused during service. I was about to lose my job because the MoD had failed to monitor and treat my condition, so I decided to claim for compensation for loss of future earnings and pension.”
The team took Martin’s claim seriously, understood his concerns over his financial future and fought tooth and nail for a man’s future to be financially secure, regardless of his medical condition.
While the MoD did admit that it should have monitored Martin’s condition better, they posed the counter point that the negligence had only accelerated the disease’s progression by three years.
Never the firm to accept someone’s personal suffering to be dismissed like this, Express Solicitors instructed a renal physician to carry out further examinations on Martin. The physician concluded that the negligence had, in fact, accelerated the condition by seven and a half years, a figure that the MoD settled on.
Large payout and a financially secure future for Martin
After agreeing to the medical evidence put forward by Martin’s solicitor that the medical negligence accelerated Martin’s condition by seven and a half years, the MoD agreed a settlement of £225,000 in compensation for our client.
Leaving a job you’ve dedicated yourself to for years for reasons outside of your control is heartbreaking for anyone, more so when long term health implications are involved. An ongoing legal dispute with your employer only serves to add more stress.
Express Solicitors were able to help Martin move forward with his life with enough money to compensate him and live comfortably into his retirement.
Martin concludes, “Being on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant is not a good position to be in, but I’m more than happy with the compensation I’ve received.”