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25 November 2015
A man has received £8,500 after a failed femur operation led to him suffering unnecessary pain and suffering.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Nisha Sharma is a clinical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
Settlement Value: £8,500
What happened: Our client suffered a fracture to his femur and underwent surgical fixation.
The operation was carried out but unfortunately our client did not experience a good post-operative recovery.
Instead, he suffered significant pain and extreme discomfort. In addition, he was concerned that his mobility was severely restricted to such an extent that he was unable to walk.
Our client attended clinic appointments to report his deteriorating condition in the hope that his complaints would be acted upon. However, he was merely reassured that he was progressing at the right pace.
Impact: Our client’s condition was meanwhile proving to be an underlying concern and he found himself compelled to make further appointments with the expectation that his constant complaints about persistent symptoms would cause his doctors to conduct a diagnosis.
Our client was eventually informed that he would require a total hip replacement.
How Slater and Gordon helped: Further to expert evidence, we argued that the failing of the surgical fixation should have been evident from an earlier stage and that hip replacement surgery should have been recommended and undertaken sooner than it was actually carried out.
This would have prevented our client from suffering unnecessary pain for approximately seven months.
Decision: Settlement was achieved by way of an acceptance of our client’s Part 36 offer by the defendant.
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