Baby died due to hospital negligence
Serious concerns about paediatric services at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust following the death of almost a year old baby, Jacob Owczarek.
A Lincoln father is launching legal action after the death of his son at Bassetlaw Hospital following a finding by the Assistant Coroner for Nottinghamshire that his death was due to neglect by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust.
Jacob Owczarek died on 28 April 2020 of acute pyelonephritis – a severe kidney infection- after the hospital missed 3 chances to treat him which the coroner found would have prevented Jacob’s death.
The case raises serious questions about paediatric services at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS.
The coroner made the unusual finding that Jacob’s death resulted from “neglect” by the hospital.
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Jacob’s father, Lukasz Owczarek, is now pursuing legal action, seeking an apology from the hospital and demanding action to ensure that no parent has to go through what he has.
“To lose a child is devastating but to know that his death was due to the neglect of the hospital is unbearable”, said Lukasz.
His Solicitor, Tim Beasley of Levenes Solicitors is calling for a full investigation into how basic medical care of a vulnerable child was neglected with tragic consequences.
“There are some disturbing features of this case, not least because previous coroners have highlighted failings after 2 previous “Prevention of Future Deaths” reports and concerns raised by the coroner in previous cases in 2016 and 2017. The performance of the hospital appears to have deteriorated, rather than improved after those deaths. Typically, hospitals make statements that they will learn the lessons after these sorts of cases, but in this case they clearly did not. The management of the hospital trust has serious questions to answer”
How Levenes can assist
In these cases, Levenes will obtain the medical records and attend the inquest to hear the evidence being given and the judgment of the coroner before putting the case forward to the hospital and quantify the claim.
We will always seek answers from the hospital and often this is done through attending a meeting with senior management of the hospital.
These sorts of cases are truly tragic, and no amount of money will ever compensate for the loss of a child. English law is not generous when it comes to awards for the death of a child. Our experienced solicitors will advise sensitively and with compassion, to see a resolution of the case.