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Home > News > Medical negligence compensation for missed tendon injury

23rd November 2009

Medical negligence compensation for missed tendon injury

Our client had accidentally lacerated his finger with a knife whilst working at home. He attended his local A&E department where he was examined, the wound dressed and glued, and then discharged.

Offer made by claimant accepted by defendant

Our client had rejected offers by the NHS Trust in relation to the negligent medical treatment. Our specialist medical negligence compensation lawyer made an offer to the Trust on behalf of the claimant and this was accepted. Our client received over £17,000 in medical negligence compensation for his suffering and on-going disability.

No examination of mobility of the injured finger

Our client’s finger was extremely swollen, excruciatingly painful, and he was unable to bend it. As he was not asked whether he could bend it, no further treatment or investigation was carried out. The doctor commented that he did not think a tendon had been severed due to the location and angle of the cut.

Surgery required for laceration of a tendon

A few weeks later, our client became concerned that he was still unable to bend his finger. A lump had also developed in the palm of his hand, so he visited his GP. He was quickly referred to an Orthopaedic team where a laceration of a tendon was diagnosed, the lump being the tendon, which had retracted. Our client was scheduled for surgery, one a few months later, and a second some six months after the first operation, with sessions of physiotherapy before and after both operations.

Limited mobility following substandard medical treatment

Because of the substandard medical treatment provided by the medical staff at the hospital, our client has been left with limited movement of his finger, and in particular is unable to bend the top more than a few degrees. His injury has caused some restrictions in carrying out tasks around the house, and in his work, which requires him to lift items on a frequent basis.

Making a medical negligence compensation claim

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

Please go to our Costs and Risks section for information on how Clear Answers’ specialist medical negligence team 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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