A man has won a significant compensation payment after doctors waited for 13 hours to attend to him.
Although compensation in the event of long A&E waits is not guaranteed, the length of Dennis Stewart's wait meant a dangerous blood clot went unnoticed and he had to have one of his legs amputated, according to the Daily Mail.
Mr Stewart, an award-winning police officer, was undergoing treatment for a rare form of nasal cancer that meant he was at a much higher risk of developing blood clots at the time.
On December 30th 2010 the officer went to Nottingham City Hospital after feeling a serious pain - something doctors explained as being normal cramp, before sending him away.
Later that night Mr Stewart's pain worsened and he was rushed back to hospital.
Despite displaying telltale signs of a dangerous blood clot, the man was made to wait 13 hours to be transferred to another hospital just four miles away.
This delay meant surgeons were unable to save his leg, which had by that point lost all feeling. His left leg was amputated above the knee - ending his 21 year career.
After the accident, Mr Stewart contacted solicitors, who forced the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust to admit partial liability for his misfortune.
Lawyers have told the ex-police officer he should get a total of £617,000 in compensation to pay him back for lost earnings, as well as the mental and physical turmoil the doctors' mistake has caused for the decorated former chief constable.
Mr Stewart said: "Firstly I want to get a new leg, the money is for my quality of life; I need to make that as good as possible. I don't mind the cancer, but it would have been a lot easier to deal with if I had my leg."
"Now I want to get a bungalow I can walk around easier and go and see the world."
Posted by Francesca Witney
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