Our client underwent surgery to reposition an undescended testicle when he was 2 years old but during the procedure, the surgeons failed to identify and protect the left inferior epigastric artery, which they then cut.
This resulted in major vascular complications, which led to an ischaemic injury compromising the development of the left leg. He also suffered significant scarring as a result of the subsequent surgery to repair the damaged artery.
The ischaemic changes to his left leg caused it to grow at a slower rate and our client underwent surgery to remove the growth plate from his right leg to limit the growth of his normal right leg to allow his short left leg to grow to a matching length. This has left him with a significant leg length discrepancy and he requires a 1.7cm shoe raise.
The vascular damage also caused his left foot to be smaller than his right foot and he suffered damage to nerve and muscles in his left leg. This has caused intermittent pain when walking, which limits his activity after running about 100 yards or walking half a mile. This is likely to be permanent and could require additional surgery in the future.
Our team of Medical Negligence Solicitors were contacted for help with claiming compensation from the NHS Trust responsible for his treatment.
Our Solicitors reviewed the details and agreed to take on his case and arranged for him to undergo an independent medical assessment, so the extent of his condition could be outlined in a medical report, and we could identify any future care, treatment and rehabilitation requirements he may have.
With this information, we calculated the appropriate amount of compensation which our client should receive, to reflect the severity of his condition and his short and long-term needs.
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors then approached the NHS Trust, alleging that the treating surgeons did not take the appropriate steps to prevent serious injury by identifying and protecting the left inferior epigastric artery before cutting it. This, we argued, left our client with a significant disability that impacted on his development, his mobility and his body image.
The NHS Trust admitted liability (fault) and offered to pay our client compensation.
After lengthy negotiations, the NHS Trust offered to pay a total of £350,000 compensation, which was accepted by our client.
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