Damages claim helps to rebuild after negligence

17th May 2018

Damages claim helps to rebuild after negligence

A keen amateur sportsman who lost his leg after hospital staff failed to spot a serious condition developing in his leg following heart surgery is continuing to rebuild his life after solicitors at Higgs & Sons supported him in the long battle to recovery.

Susan Allen, an Associate in Higgs & Sons specialist Clinical Negligence department led the team which enabled her client to settle a claim for damages for a sum of £3m.

“This was a complex case involving a multitude of experts. The negligence massively impacted upon his life, prior to which he had been a keen sportsman and enjoyed a range of outdoor pursuits with his family.”

Following a heart operation, the client in question developed compartment syndrome, a painful condition that occurs when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. The pressure can decrease blood flow which prevents nourishment and oxygen from reaching nerve and muscle cells.

The condition was not spotted by the hospital staff and due to the damage caused, the client required an above knee amputation.  The hospital admitted that there was an unacceptable delay in diagnosing the compartment syndrome and that as a consequence had to undergo the amputation.

“After it happened, the gentleman had to wear a prosthetic limb and could only walk a couple of hundred metres before the pain became too intense. He then developed phantom pain syndrome which was extremely distressing for him as well as psychological difficulties. He was reliant upon a wheelchair for longer distances and the injury impacted greatly upon his career ambitions.”

The £3 million settlement has enabled the client to access a range of much needed services in order to help rebuild his life.

“I was delighted to secure the settlement for my client who has been able to access specialist prosthetics not available under the NHS, which have enabled him to return to sports such as swimming and cycling and to walk longer distances.

“Claims for damages are important, however they are just one element within a range of support that should be provided in order to help people rebuild their lives after cases such as these."

If you or a member of your family have experienced medical negligence, contact Sue Allen.


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