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Recent Amputation Claims

The Clinical Negligence Team have recovered very substantial sums of compensation for clients in a number of medical negligence claims. Here are a selection of our most recent successful cases:

£750,000 awarded for inappropriate management of limb ischaemia

Richard Coleman, Partner in the Clinical Negligence Team, recently secured £750,000 for a lady who required an above knee amputation as a result of Doctors failing to appropriately manage her critical limb ischaemia.

Richard argued that a bypass graft should have been performed within 7 days of our client presenting to hospital and if this had been done her leg would have been saved. The hospital performed the bypass graft on day 12 of her admission, by which time the majority of the damage had already been suffered and her leg could not be saved. The hospital denied they were at fault throughout the case but settlement was reached in the sum of £750,000, which will pay for our client to adapt her accomodation, purchase aids and equipment to maximise her independence and to pay for the additional care she now requires, as well as compensation for her pain and suffering.

£800,000 awarded for the delay of operation on an arm

Kerstin Kubiak, Partner in the Clinical Negligence Team, obtained compensation of £800,000 for a 6 year old girl who sustained an injury to her arm just after she was born.

The hospital had failed to appreciate the extent of the baby’s injury and admitted that they had delayed in operating on her arm, which was negligent. Her arm was amputated just below her elbow when she was 7 days old. The hospital admitted that had they operated earlier then the child’s arm would have been saved.

The compensation will secure the care and support, both practical and psychological, that she will need throughout her life, as well as specialist adaptations and aids to assist her and to maximise her independence.

£700,000 awarded for failure to recognise symptoms of ischaemia

Naomi Todd, Associate in the Clinical Negligence Team, secured £700,000 for her client who required a below the knee amputation as a result of the failure of her treating doctors to recognise symptoms of critical ischaemia and refer her to a vascular surgeon.

Our client had attended her GP on several occasions complaining of pain in her leg. She was advised she had Reynaud’s syndrome and was prescribed co-codamol and later tramadol. She was in fact suffering with critcial ischaemia was not diagnosed until much later, by which time it was too late to save her leg and she required a below the knee amputation.

Out of Court settlement was acheived in the sum of £700,000, to compensate our client for her pain and suffering and in order for her to purchase aids and equipment to enable her to live as comfortably as possible. Our client will require extensive care and assistance in the future, and will become more dependent on a wheelchair

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