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Patient awarded five-figure settlement for avoidable amputation

10 May 2017

A woman received a five-figure settlement for damages after delays in appropriate treatment to her infected foot ulcer led to an amputation.

What happened: Our client developed a large deep blister close to her toes on her right foot. She was seen by a podiatrist for aspiration of the blister and subsequently prescribed antibiotics.

Impact: Our client’s health deteriorated and she developed a significant infection to her foot. She underwent a guillotine amputation of her foot, which was followed by a revision culminating in a below knee amputation.

Our client underwent extensive rehabilitation before eventually being discharged home. As a result of the negligence, our client was left with significant physical and psychological symptoms and she required help with personal care and household chores.

How Slater and Gordon helped: We brought a claim on behalf of our client on the grounds the podiatrist failed to refer our client to a vascular surgeon. Had they done so, her management and treatment would have meant amputation could have been avoided.

Liability was initially denied and so we issued proceedings. The defendant then admitted failing to provide our client with appropriate care and so we entered into settlement negotiations and succeeded in obtaining a five-figure sum for our client.

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