14 January 2013
Knee operation leads to clinical negligence settlement
Compensation has been awarded to a man who suffered a serious leg injury due to clinical negligence.
According to the Lancaster Guardian, Stewart Clegg took legal action against NHS North Lancashire after professionals at the Kendal NHS Treatment Centre failed to notice that his left femur had been damaged while he underwent a routine operation in August 2010.
The 64-year-old taxi driver had a procedure to replace his left knee after enduring around two years of pain in the joint, but errors made by experts at the institution meant his thigh bone was weakened to the point where it split when he attempted to walk on it.
This meant Mr Clegg required another operation to repair this damage and he has now secured an undisclosed five-figure compensation settlement from the health authority.
Speaking to the news source after this agreement was struck, the claimant said the knee operation has ended up causing him and his family "so much pain, anguish and upset".
"I knew I wasn't ready to be discharged after the first operation and I'll never forget the excruciating pain I felt when my bone snapped," he noted.
Mr Clegg went on to say that he hurt his arm when falling over and knew his leg was broken immediately "because it was all twisted".
"I was in agony and didn’t know what to do but thankfully one of my sons came home from work half an hour later and called an ambulance," he added.
After settling this claim, the NHS body admitted it had also failed to check Mr Clegg's post-operative x-rays to ensure there was no damage - a process that would have led to his fracture being spotted.
The organisation has since issued an apology to the patient and the damages sum was calculated to include recompense for both his physical suffering and loss of earnings.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas