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Six-figure settlement for footballer’s failed knee surgery

09 November 2019

A keen footballer was awarded six-figure compensation when a knee operation following an injury went wrong, resulting in further surgery.

What Happened: Our client injured his knee whilst playing football and was diagnosed as having a stretched anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Following further injury to the knee, our client consulted his GP who referred him to the orthopaedic department of the hospital.

He underwent reconstructive surgery, but despite being signed off six weeks later, he was still suffering pain and struggling to regain movement in his knee. After seeking a second opinion, he discovered this was due to a screw which had been inserted incorrectly in his tibia and he was forced to undergo further surgery to try and resolve the problem.

Impact: As a result, our client’s knee has not fully recovered and he has been unable to participate in sports to the same level. Our client was also forced to take several months off work.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We pursued a clinical negligence claim on behalf of our client. The defendant initially denied liability, but later admitted a breach of duty.

Decision: Following negotiations, our client accepted the defendant’s part 36 offer of a six-figure sum.

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