07 December 2009
Judge paves way for spinal injury victim to receive compensation
A girl who suffered damage to her spine as a result of a surgical procedure may be in line for a considerable sum in compensation.
Recently, Ms Justice Slade ruled that the surgeon responsible was negligent, meaning the patient could get a payout worth millions, the Lancashire Evening Post reports.
In February 2005, Laura May went into the Royal Preston Hospital - which is part of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation - for an operation to correct curvature of her spine.
As a result of a "misplaced screw", which was inserted during the procedure, she was left paralysed and will need to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
It was ruled that the surgeon involved had been negligent by not using a particular imaging technique.
In addition, the hospital trust - which predominantly serves the people of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble - was said to have failed to provide spinal cord monitoring.
Lawyers are currently seeking an interim payment of £250,000 while the amount of Laura's final award is determined.
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