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Home > News > Medical negligence compensation for patient after negligent care

7th February 2011

Medical negligence compensation for patient after negligent care

Our client in this claim for medical negligence compensation had suffered a very serious injury to her leg when she fell down the stairs. Although the nature of her injuries would have meant that her recovery would take some time, a series of negligent treatments delayed her recovery for almost two years, causing not only additional unnecessary pain and suffering, but also financial hardship.

Our specialist medical negligence lawyers were able to secure substantial compensation for her additional pain as well as ensuring she was not financially disadvantaged because of the additional time that she was unable to work.

Negligent treatment for fractures

Our client’s initial treatment for her fracture had been adequate and after surgery, she had been confined to hospital for several weeks. However, during this time, the frame, which had been fitted during her surgery, had to be re-positioned and the opportunity was missed to provide our client with different, more suitable treatment.

During the next few months, our client underwent several consultations that confirmed that her injuries were healing. However, this was not actually the case and despite a second opinion suggesting that she would need a bone graft, no further intervention was carried out.

Our client was becoming increasingly concerned that she was unable to weight bear when advised to do so, and was unable to carry out exercises recommended by her physiotherapist. She also pointed out on several occasions to her consultant that the leg appeared to be bowing out, but her fears went unheeded.

After several times being advised by her consultant that her progress was going well given the severe nature of her injury, it was only when she was transferred to another consultant that concerns were expressed by the medical profession themselves, and further surgery was carried out. This corrected the bowing of the leg, although it required her leg to be broken in 2 places to achieve this. However, the healing process, including the fitting of another external fixating device, had to begin all over again. The delay in identifying and dealing with the problems she was experiencing had set her recovery back by around 2 years.

Impact of medical negligence on our client’s life

Although our client had expected her recovery to take some considerable time, the extended period caused her not only difficulties in her daily life, but also financial difficulties once her employer’s sickness scheme expired.

Living alone at the time, she had to rely on family members to provide support on an on-going basis. Unable to weight bear for some considerable time, she was dependent upon someone to do her shopping, housework and many other tasks that she was unable to do for herself.

Compensation claim for medical negligence

Have you or a member of your family suffered as a result of medical negligence? For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you with a medical negligence compensation claim contact us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms. One of our representatives will contact you (without obligation) to discuss the matter further.

Please go to our Costs and Risks section for more detailed information on these and how Clear Answers specialist medical negligence lawyers will handle your claim and funding.

Alternative funding arrangements may apply in Northern Ireland due to differing procedures and Law Society regulations.

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