Compensation After Negligent Surgery Ends Glen’s Career
Glen received £260,000 in compensation following negligent knee surgery in 1993. We provided medical evidence to support Glen’s claim. We showed that he would have been able to continue his career in the Army if it hadn’t been for the negligence.Glen was an Infantry Solider in the Army when he suffered an injury to his left knee in July 1991. He underwent treatment for the injury to include physiotherapy and an ACL reconstruction using a carbon fibre ligament. The surgery for the ACL repair was carried out in January 1993 by an MOD surgeon.
Glen’s symptoms did not improve and although he had been downgraded he was subsequently discharged from the Army in April 1994, on medical grounds. Glen’s knee deteriorated further in 2003 and he was assessed on the NHS. In October 2003 he was told that his ACL was intact and that the surgery in January 1993 was unnecessary.
We obtained supportive medical evidence. This confirmed the surgery in 1993 was not only carried out unnecessarily but carried out negligently. The carbon fibre ligament was placed in the wrong position. This caused additional wear and tear on the joint resulting in the carbon fibre ligament breaking down. This added to Glen’s symptoms.
Agreeing compensation for Glen
The Defendants initially denied liability but altered their position in their Defence. They accepted the surgery should not have been carried out and that the carbon fibre ligament had been fitted negligently. However, they continued to dispute that the Claimant would have remained in the Army in any event. This remained a contentious issue between the parties.
It was Glen’s case that he would have remained in the Army had he not had the negligent surgery in 1993. This particular issue had a significant impact on the level of compensation that might be awarded due to loss of earnings and pension. The Parties eventually reached a settlement at a joint meeting and Glen was awarded £260,000.
NHS Training is Improved after Inquest Rules Accidental Death
When Martin’s Mother died in hospital, we represented him at the Inquest into her death. As a result of the Inquest there have been significant changes to NHS procedures and training.
Compensation for Rosie after Medical Negligence at Birth
Rosie suffered from brain damage at birth. We proved that the medical team was negligent and we obtained a substantial settlement for Rosie. This has allowed her to live in an adapted property that is specific to her needs. It also funded additional private medical treatment.
Compensation for GP’s Negligence
When Harry’s father died he felt the GP had been negligent so he asked Barratts Solicitors for help. We gathered the medical evidence we needed to show this was the case. We succeeded in pursuing a claim for compensation for Harry because he was classed as a ‘dependent’ of the deceased.
Compensation for Infertility due to Poor Medical Treatment
Theresa had spent many years trying to get compensation for poor medical treatment leading to infertility. The hospital denied any wrongdoing and she felt frustrated. We listened and took time to understand Theresa’s situation then we followed up her case and recovered compensation for her.
Compensation after Medical Negligence causes Stillbirth
When Elizabeth’s daughter was stillborn, she instructed another firm of solicitors. She felt they lacked empathy so she came to us. We promptly arranged much needed bereavement counselling to help her cope with the loss of her daughter.
Ian’s Claim for Negligence Leading to Leg Amputation
Doctors were slow to diagnose a problem with Ian’s circulation. As a result he had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. Ian was aged 77 and this had a significant impact on his life. We were able to secure compensation for him.
Complex Claim for Patient in a Mental Health Unit
Kevin was detained in a Mental Health Unit when he was 17. His family was already worried about his behaviour when he absconded from the Unit. He was attacked and seriously injured while he was out. We successfully pursued a complex case for compensation and so that Kevin can get the care he needs.
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