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Client story | £115,000 following knee replacement surgery
When you go to hospital or the doctor’s surgery for a routine procedure such as a knee replacement, you don’t expect it to go awry.
After all, we trust the healthcare professionals who carry out surgery on our bodies to take reasonable care on our behalf. And in general they do a fantastic job of protecting our health.
Unfortunately, wholly avoidable mistakes such as the one below are made in hundreds of operations each year – mistakes which often have very real consequences for each patient’s health.
Client case study
“Paul, 77, had knee replacement surgery in 2010. The operation was supposed to improve his ability to walk and reduce discomfort, but he continued to experience knee pain long after he should have recovered.
He went to see his GP, who told him he had a ‘valgus deformity’ – his knee was out of alignment.
Paul came to us for help and we agreed to look at his case. We asked a second, independent doctor to examine Paul – they confirmed his GP’s diagnosis and advised that the knee replacement had not been carried out to an appropriate standard.
Our specialist negligence solicitors put forward a claim on Paul’s behalf arguing that his operation had not been carried out properly.
As a result, the hospital which carried out Paul’s surgery admitted that it made an entirely avoidable mistake during the operation. However, the hospital’s lawyers argued that the injury didn’t affect Paul’s quality of life that much.
We helped Paul produce evidence that, as well as the ongoing pain, the new knee injury had prevented him from carrying out daily activities. He now needs assistance with basic personal care for the rest of his life.
As a result of this evidence, we were able to settle Paul’s claim out of court for a total of £115,000, which will go towards funding his care and equipment needs in the future.”