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If you receive substandard or inappropriate medical care and you're injured as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Case Studies

Our solicitors are medical negligence specialists, with experience in handling a wide range of different types of claim, so you'll be talking to an expert, but also someone who understands what you're going through.

These case studies tell the story of just a few of the people our solicitors have helped claim the compensation they need to get their lives back on track.

 

Mrs. P suffered a femoral nerve injury after an injection, and was awarded £200,000.

Mrs. P was suffering from knee pain, and was given a steroid injection, combined with local anaesthetic by Dr. H to reduce inflammation and confirm the origin of the pain.

After the injection, the pain became excruciating. After visiting Accident and Emergency, and being referred to an orthopaedic surgeon, Mrs. P underwent surgery to find out what was wrong.

The surgeon confirmed that the pain was almost certainly caused by the steroid injection. The operation increased Mrs P’s range of movement in her right leg but only partially relieved her pain.

Mrs P’s case was that the injection by Dr H was not undertaken with sufficient care and skill, and in March 2011 Mrs P was awarded damages of £200,000 in an out of court settlement.

Mrs. W was injured during a back operation, and was awarded £102,500.

Mrs. W had a history of back pain, and in December 2005 underwent surgery to address the cause of the pain.

Following the operation, Mrs. W suffered from chronic pain in her left leg, and a partial left foot drop, which restrict her day to day life and prevent her from returning to work. These injuries were caused by screws, used to fuse Mrs. W’s vertebrae, being placed in the incorrect position.

Mrs. W’s case was that the operation was carried out inadequately, and in April 2011 she was awarded £102,500 in an out of court settlement.

Mr. W's wrist fracture was missed, leading to permanent damage. He was awarded £200,000.

In 2004, Mr. W slipped on a kerb and fell onto his outstretched right arm. He went to A&E where his wrist was x-rayed, and was told that he had sprained his wrist. He was told to return to hospital 10 days later, when the x-ray was reviewed and again, no fracture was reported.

Mr. W returned to work but was still in pain and was unable to hold tools or lift things properly with his right hand. He had to take time off and was eventually laid off. He went on to do other jobs, with a colleague assisting him, and he tried to adapt his working practices.

In 2006, Mr. W was still having problems, and went to a different hospital for another x-ray. The x-ray showed a fracture of his scaphoid bone and signs that there was no longer a blood supply to it. After an operation in 2007, it became clear that the fracture had still not healed properly, and Mr. W needed a wrist fusion.

Mr. W’s case was that the hospital had failed to identify the fracture, and as a result of the delay, Mr. W suffered persistent pain, and required surgery to fuse the wrist.
Breach of duty of care was admitted. Negotiations took place and the case was eventually settled for £200,000 damages.

The award will help Mr. W financially by making up for the potential losses to his future earnings capacity caused by the negligence, and will enable him to adjust his career plans and ambitions so he has financial security in the future.

Mrs. L contracted an infection following a colostomy procedure, and was awarded £150,000.

Mrs. L had a history of bowel problems and underwent a colostomy procedure for her condition.
As a result of the operation, Mrs. L contracted sepsis of the abdominal tissue and MRSA. She suffered from renal failure, heart failure and deep venous thrombosis in her legs.

She made a formal complaint to the hospital but was advised by them that the infection was just something that happened and nobody's fault.

Mrs. L’s case was that the choice of surgical procedure in her case was ill-advised and she should therefore never have undergone the colostomy operation and would have avoided the complications that followed.

Mr A. was left with a permanently weak hand as a result of a missed spinal fracture, and was awarded £100,000.

Mr. A was 15 when he was injured in a road accident. After the accident, he complained of a severe head and neck pain and was taken to A&E, where he was told he had minor injuries. Mr. A’s family insisted that he was kept in for observation, and that an x-ray was taken. He was eventually given an x-ray and admitted overnight before being discharged the following morning with no further treatment.

Once home his condition began to rapidly deteriorate to the extent that the client started to lose the feeling in his hands and arms and was struggling to walk unaided. In constant pain, he returned to hospital only to be told that nothing was wrong with him and was once again discharged.

The family GP intervened and eventually Mr. A received the correct diagnosis and underwent surgery for a fracture of the spine.

Mr. A was awarded £100,000 after it was concluded that the delay in diagnosing the fracture had left the client with a permanent weakness in his hand.

Mrs. A lost feeling in her thumb and fingers as a result of medical negligence, and was awarded £110,000.

In 2008, Mrs. A accidently cut her left wrist on a tin. She went to A&E complaining of numbness and lack of sensation in her left thumb and fingers. Following an assessment, she was discharged with no further treatment.

Mrs. A continued to suffer from a loss of sensation in her left hand and was in constant pain. She was admitted to a different hospital where she was diagnosed with a serious injury to the tendon in the hand, for which she underwent surgery. The operation, and several subsequent procedures were unfortunately ineffective and she was left with permanent pain and loss of sensation in her fingers and thumb.

Mrs. A was awarded £110,000 after it was concluded that the delay in diagnosis meant that she lost the opportunity to have the appropriate surgery soon after the injury, which would have lead to a much better recovery.

Angela Nicholson

We helped Angela claim compensation for a toe injury sustained during a chiropody procedure.

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