Compensation for Misdiagnosis Leading to Hip Replacement
After the hospital failed to diagnose Jim with a fractured hip, we helped him recover significant compensation. The delay in diagnosis resulted in Jim needing a hip replacement.When Jim fell from a ladder at home in March 2010 he landed on his hip and was in a lot of pain. Jim immediately went to hospital and he had a hip x-ray. The doctor told Jim his hip was not fractured and it was just bruised. Jim was told to exercise and he went on holiday as planned. He was as active as possible but the pain did not improve.
Ten days later, Jim returned to the Accident & Emergency Department at the same hospital. This time the doctor diagnosed a fracture of the hip. He subsequently underwent a total hip replacement and was in hospital for 8 days.
Jim was unhappy about the delay in his diagnosis and he made a complaint. He felt that the doctor should have realised his hip was fractured on his first visit to the hospital. The hospital reviewed the initial x-ray and said that Jim’s hip fracture was not displaced. They said that this meant the hip looked normal so it was not possible to diagnose any problem.
Jim found this difficult to accept so he instructed us to consult independent experts. We sent the initial x-ray to experts in Accident & Emergency Medicine, Radiology and Orthopaedics. They all said that the fracture was obvious. If the doctor had diagnosed correctly, Jim should have been admitted for a simple internal fixation. The independent experts confirmed that Jim would not have needed a hip replacement if the fracture had been diagnosed on the first visit. He would have made a better and quicker recovery.
A successful claim for Jim
Although Jim has made reasonable progress, he is now at risk of requiring hip revision or replacement.
We wrote to the NHSLA who were acting on behalf of the hospital. We claimed compensation for negligence related to his misdiagnosis and, despite their response to the complaint, we received a full admission of liability. Our Clinical Negligence team helped Jim to obtain significant and satisfactory compensation. This reflected the increased pain, suffering and poor outcome caused by the hospital’s failings.
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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