Penningtons Manches' clinical negligence team has successfully negotiated a settlement against Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust for a young boy with cerebral palsy who suffered an extravasation injury after being admitted to hospital for treatment for epileptic seizures.

Extravasation is damage caused by the efflux of solutions from a vessel into surrounding tissue spaces during intravenous infusion. Following the infusion of a drug given in theatre to the claimant, the hospital failed to notice the injury until later the following day. The plastic surgery team decided that there was nothing that they could do to treat the injury and the claimant developed ten blisters on his hand which required repeated dressing and took ten weeks to heal.

The trust admitted liability for the injury and, following receipt of expert evidence from a plastic surgeon addressing the nature of the scarring and treatment options, the parties negotiated a settlement. As the patient was a minor, the settlement required approval by the court, which has been obtained.