Posted by Ali Cloak, Senior Associate
Six-figure settlement secured for client following negligent orthopaedic surgery
Mrs L brought suffered prolonged pain and disability as a result of a negligent knee replacement. Mrs L, represented by Ali Cloak, received a six-figure sum in compensation.
Mrs L was diagnosed with severe unicompartmental disease in her right knee in 2007. A few years later a unicondylar knee replacement was planned to help alleviate her symptoms. During her pre-operative assessment x-rays were taken which identified tricompartmental osteoarthritis. Despite this, the surgeon proceeded with the planned surgery and performed a unicompartmental knee replacement in February 2011. Mrs L suffered significant pain in the days following the operation. A week later she underwent revision surgery. Unfortunately, that didn’t resolve the issues with her knee. She endured further surgeries and was later diagnosed with a chronic infection.
We thoroughly investigated Mrs L’s claim. At the outset obtained expert evidence from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who confirmed that the decision to perform a unicompartmental knee replacement was negligent and that, given Mrs L’s pre-existing knee condition, a total knee replacement should have been performed instead. The expert also advised that the surgery itself was performed incorrectly. With proper treatment the subsequent surgeries could have been avoided, as could the chronic infection and long-term pain, suffering and immobility.
A six-figure sum was ultimately recovered for Mrs L to cover the additional costs she would incur as a result of her injuries. Our client required extensive adaptations to her home as a result of her knee condition. She had long-term care needs and needed rehabilitation to manage her pain and limited mobility.
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