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£150,000 compensation for unnecessary lower limb amputation
Our client, Mr John Simon was at work when he experienced a sudden, sharp cold pain in his foot. It got so bad that John admitted himself to Kettering General Hospital A&E department. No-one in A&E checked for pulses in the main leg arteries, which was significant as it turned out that Mr Simon was in fact suffering from severe ischemia (a lack of blood flow).
Prompt treatment is essential in these cases, but it took more than a month to finally diagnose critical ischemia. By this time he was suffering from necrosis of the toes and a mid-foot amputation was performed, however his calf had also started to die, so a full below the knee limb amputation was done a month after the first amputation.
Mr Simon was left unable to walk unaided, unable to work and unable to support his family. The doctors involved had been negligent by failing to pay attention to test results and failing to refer Mr Simon urgently to hospital for treatment. The two NHS Trusts involved had also failed to properly assess, diagnose and treat Mr Simon correctly on many occasions.
However, Mr Simon had a pre-existing condition that may have meant amputation would have been required at some future date in any event and that complicated things. The case was nearing trial when the defendants made an offer of £150,000. Given the uncertainties over pre-existing medical conditions, we advised our client to accept.
The award helped John to fund his care, physiotherapy and prosthetics and assisted with his move to a more suitable family accommodation for his needs.