Successful claim for failure to identify nerve injury
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Annabelle Eyre, solicitor in our Clinical Negligence team, was recently instructed by Mr W to bring a claim in respect of negligent treatment provided by an emergency department which he attended following a laceration to his wrist.
There was a failure to thoroughly explore the wound and, as a result, there was no appreciation of the arterial damage that had occurred prior to closure of the laceration. Mr W was discharged.
The following day the laceration burst open and began to rebleed. He was taken to another hospital where he subsequently had to undergo surgery. Had Mr W's injury been explored correctly when he first attended hospital, the damage to the radial artery would have been appreciated and appropriate closure of the laceration would have followed. The failure to detect the injury to the artery meant that the laceration was not sutured, and resulted in the subsequent difficulties that our client suffered including a fasciotomy, the subsequent surgery to repair the lacerated artery and extensive scarring.
Whilst the defendant sought to deny liability, they accepted our client's Part 36 offer of £12,500 in full and final settlement of his claim.
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