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Nerve injury due to medical negligence causes man to suffer severe pain

25 November 2009

Our claimant had a hernia operation in 2001. Immediately after the procedure he complained of severe pain. Medical records were obtained alongside statements and reports. The surgeon's report concluded that there was no obvious indication of negligence and a letter of claim was sent to the NHS Trust also, who denied any negligence. The matter fell into abeyance for several years. Our claimant continued to be troubled with severe pain in his groin and eventually attended a different hospital. He underwent an operation with a plastic surgeon. While the operation was being conducted the surgeon had found a stitch that had apparently been placed around the inguinal nerve. This stitch was left in the earlier hernia operation, which is why our claimant was in so much pain in the first place.  The surgeon that conducted the hernia operation in 2001 was reinstructed to prepare a report and after reviewing matters afresh. He advised that putting a stitch around the nerve at the time of the operation was indefensible. He stated that this was not negligent conduct and that the pain the claimant suffered was not related to the stitch. However experts did not agree and the matter was listed for trial. The case concluded one week before trial where our client was awarded £150,000 in compensation for the injury he sustained.