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Clinical Negligence Lawyer Secures £1.5m in Amputation Compensation Claim

20 December 2012

Slater and Gordon Clinical Negligence Lawyer Paul Sankey secured nearly £1,500,000 compensation on behalf of his client in an amputation compensation case. 

Paul’s client suffered an accident at work which consisted of a serious injury to his knee when he tripped over a low fence.

After being taken to his local hospital, doctors failed to appreciate the severity of his injury and in particular the risk that the blood supply to his lower leg had been damaged. Paul’s client remained in hospital over the weekend where warning signs that he was developing Sepsis were ignored.

Late on Monday doctors realised that tissue in his lower leg was dying from lack of blood supply and arranged to take him to theatre. Paul’s client suffered further delays because of a failure to open up an emergency operating theatre - at surgery it proved to be too late to save his leg and he underwent an above-knee amputation.

Paul’s client returned to work part time, following a year off work, and retuned full time after a further six months.

Interim Payments of nearly £150,000 enabled Paul's client to purchase high quality prosthesis and later a state-of-the-art Genium leg. Expert evidence was obtained on Paul’s client’s condition, prognosis and future needs.

The trial was due to take place early next year but the amputation compensation claim was resolved by negotiation 2 weeks after an unsuccessful settlement meeting.

Paul Sankey is Senior Clinical Negligence Lawyer at Slater and Gordon in London.