£100,000 compensation recovered against The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Our client had been involved in a road traffic accident and was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital. Having eliminated any major injury, the Hospital failed to identify a relatively minor fracture to our client’s right elbow but failed to examine or x-ray his left wrist. It was not until some weeks later that it was found that our client had actually sustained a fracture of his scaphoid in his left wrist. The Hospital attempted conservative treatment (using plaster cast immobilisation) but his scaphoid fracture failed to unite. As a consequence, our client had to undergo remedial surgery some months later but unfortunately that was only partially successful and our client faced an uncertain future as he was at a risk of osteo-arthritis and was likely to have problems at some future point with his work.
Our client instructed Neil Heavisides to pursue the case. Reports from experts in the fields of accident & emergency medicine and orthopaedic/hand surgery were obtained. These experts supported the case and gave a clear view that had our client’s left scaphoid fracture been identified early on in an appropriate and timely way then simple plaster cast immobilisation would have resolved the problem.
The missed right elbow fracture played little part in the case as it was not thought likely that the outcome would have been much different even with proper treatment.
Our client’s position though was complicated still further by virtue of an apparent diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome affecting the left wrist. This was not thought to be connected to the accident.
Neil was able to negotiate a settlement of £100,000 for our client.
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