Posted by Simon Elliman, Partner
£3.14 million compensation for delayed diagnosis leading to amputation
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 subsequently suffered complications which led to an above knee amputation of one leg.
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
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