A Medical Negligence Claim Case Study - Client Situation
Our client believed there had been a negligent delay in the diagnosis of severed flexor tendons in his dominant hand following an inadequate examination of a hand wound at A&E.
As a result of the delay, our client had to undergo two complicated tendon reconstruction surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, and he was also left with an otherwise avoidable permanent finger deformity.
He then contacted our Medical Negligence Solicitors for free legal advice.
How We Helped
After reviewing the information provided by the client we were able to take on this A&E Medical Negligence case. We started our investigation by obtaining a copy of our client’s medical records. We subsequently appointed an expert in A&E medicine to produce an independent medical report examining whether or not the care provided to our client at A&E was of an acceptable standard.
The independent expert A&E doctor’s report concluded that some aspects of the examination and follow-up care provided had been negligent and substandard, and that this had resulted in an otherwise avoidable delay in diagnosis and treatment.
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors then sought the opinion of an expert hand surgeon to establish the extent of the injury our client had sustained as a result of this delay.
The hand surgeon’s report concluded that our client had to undergo two tendon reconstruction surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, and that he had sustained a permanent deformity in his finger and loss of power in his grip as a result of the delay in diagnosis. Had negligent treatment not been provided, our client’s severed tendons would have been successfully repaired within 4-6 weeks of his injury.
Once a case was established, our Solicitors sent a Letter of Claim to the Hospital Trust setting out the basis on which we considered their care to have been negligent. This outlined the pain, suffering and loss of amenity suffered by our client.
Initially, the Hospital Trust denied liability and we were forced to issue Court Proceedings in order to progress our client’s claim, but shortly after doing so an agreement was reached between the parties and an offer of compensation was made by the Trust.
Our client accepted an offer for £10,000 in compensation for the pain, suffering, inconvenience and permanent injury caused by the negligent treatment. This amount of compensation reflected the fact that he had a significant hand injury before the negligence occurred and he would have required some form of repair surgery in any event.
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