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Recent Spinal cord injury 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:

£3.14 million settlement for delayed diagnosis of spinal abscess

Simon Elliman recovered £3.14 million for L,  a female client who became tetraplegic as a result of a delay in diagnosing and treating a spinal abscess. L was suffering from severe back pain, and was referred to hospital by her GP. An MRI scan was carried out to exclude spinal infection, but it was only carried out in the lumbar (lower) spine. The abscess was in the thoracic (mid) spine and was missed for two days, during which time the abscess grew and began to impinge on the spinal cord. Although L was eventually operated on, it was too late to avoid her becoming tetraplegic. She is now in a wheelchair for life, and requires care for her daily living needs. Her settlement provides for annual payments which will cover her care needs for the rest of her life, as well as a 7 figure lump sum settlement, which will enable her to purchase and adapt suitable accommodation for her needs.

£435,771 awarded for inadequate management of a disc prolapse

The Clinical Negligence Team obtained the sum of £435,771 for a client who received inadequate management of an L4/5 disc prolapse.

£470,000 awarded for unnecessary spinal surgery

Paul Rumley, a Partner in the Clinical Negligence Team, obtained £470,000 for an 88 year old man who underwent spinal surgery which should not have taken place, and which was not carried out to an appropriate standard. The surgery left him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life.

£500,000 awarded for failure to diagnose and treat spinal compression

A member of our team obtained over £500,000 for an elderly man for the failure to diagnose and treat his spinal compression, causing him an incomplete spinal injury. He was left able to only walk short distances, and with poor balance. He also suffered bladder and bowel complications.

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