A woman from Billingham has been awarded a six-figure sum in compensation after she underwent back surgery which she claimed went wrong.
The mother-of-three says that she was left unable to work as a result of the alleged complications, north-east publication the Evening Gazette reports.
She was referred to a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital of North Tees, which is run by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, in 2001 suffering from slipped discs.
After physiotherapy failed to work, she was sent for disc replacement surgery in December 2003.
Shortly afterwards, the 49-year-old began to experience side effects and has now been left with mobility problems and nerve damage.
Recently, the NHS trust, which provides services to around 365,000 people, agreed to an out-of-court settlement without admitting liability.
The woman, who was not named, said: "The surgery has affected my ability to go out for any period of time and socialise. I have also lost a lot of confidence and will never be able to return to work."