Horror after Botched Knee Operation
Danielle Barney, Partner at Bridge McFarland LLP, won a six-figure pay out for a retired engineer supervisor following a routine knee replacement that left him with an arterial bleed, for which the NHS Foundation Trust admitted neglect and liability.
Our client went into hospital for what was considered to be routine knee replacement surgery in 2009, but within a few weeks of the surgery it was clear that things had not gone as planned. An infection had developed and following daily trips to the clinic to have wound dressing changed over many weeks, further surgery had to be performed.
Unfortunately, this was just the start of his troubles. Unfortunately this surgery resulted in an undiagnosed arterial bleed, which left our client collapsed in a pool of blood in a hospital room toilet. He was moved to another hospital to fix the artery, and had to endure a further two years of anguish due to residual infection and problems. It wasn’t until our client was referred to a third hospital whereby more corrective surgery was performed by specialists that the infection was finally cleared.
Our client had a total of 11 operations and now has permanent injuries and requires crutches for mobility. The NHS Foundation Trust admitted neglect and liability, with significant changes taking place in regards to how staff manage infections since the incident occurred.
Following the award of a six-figure sum, Danielle Barney, Partner at Bridge McFarland LLP, said: “When someone sustains life changing injuries, that can never be put right. The primary focus of a case like this is to ensure they receive sufficient compensation to provide the care, equipment and housing they require for the rest of their life and to try and enhance the quality of their life as far as possible.”
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