I have had number of successful Anterior Cruciate Ligament surgery cases in recent months. Some have settled very early and one settled 3 days before trial. They have all feature the same error - the graft was in the wrong position.The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is located in the anterior or front of the knee and serves to maintain stability. It runs from the femur and attaches to the top of the tibia, thus preventing the tibia from moving forward on the femur. Injury to the ACL is the most common form of knee ligament injury, often occurring in sporting situations where the foot is planted. The injury can be in the form of a tear or rupture and is a common injury in football. A tear or rupture to the ACL will be painful. Some people experience a click or pop and the affected knee will become noticeably swollen.Surgery to repair the knee is usually straightforward but there are still problems for some patients due to avoidable errors.
- Case study 1 - 27 year old female - assaulted sustaining ACL injury - the surgeon placed the interference groove in the posterior part of the tunnel so pushing the graft to the most anterior position. The graft was therefore positioned incorrectly by 10mm. The case Settled 3 days before trial for £43,000.
- Case study 2 - 38 year old male - football injury - very anterior placement of the femoral tunnel - pain and suffering for three years and a revision operation - The case settled just after issue of court proceedings in the sum of £20,000
- Case study 3 - 43 year old male - football injury - The femoral tunnel that housed the attachment of the acl was wrongly placed; it had been placed several centimetres anteriorly to the femoral notch. The damages included 6 years of pain and suffering following the poor graft placement. The case settled after issue of court proceedings in the sum of £26,000.
I have three more ongoing cases - all involving the same issue and will update the blog again once there are developments. Watch this space!James Bell is a Partner in the Russell Jones & Walker clinical negligence team. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.