Amputation

Above knee amputation

We have recently settled a case for £925,000. Our client suffered an above knee amputation due to the negligence of the defendant NHS Trust. Damages were obtained for accommodation to be adapted for our client, care, child care, prosthetics, rehabilitation and aids and appliances. A pre-trial settlement was agreed following a round table meeting.

Below the knee amputation following missed diagnosis

We successfully brought a claim on behalf of a client on the basis of a negligent failure on the part of an A&E doctor to recognise the signs of critical ischaemia (blocked circulation) in our client’s leg. It was argued that if the signs of critical ischaemia had been identified, the below the knee amputation which our client required about a month later would have been avoided. Although the Defendant Trust eventually accepted that the signs of critical ischaemia should have been identified by the Accident & Emergency doctor, it was argued by the Trust that the need for a below the knee amputation would have arisen in any event. The Trust also argued, through its lawyers, that even if the need for amputation had been avoided at that particular time our client’s condition was such that an amputation would have been required within about two years in any event. These matters remained very much at issue throughout the case. Although court proceedings had to be issued the case finally concluded before trial with a settlement of £293,000.

Negligent foot surgery

As a result of negligence during our client’s foot surgery the bones in our client’s feet did not fuse and our client had to undergo four subsequent unnecessary procedures culminating in the amputation of both feet. In addition to the obvious physical injury our client suffered significant psychological injury as a result of the negligence.

Agreed settlement: £500,000