Patient received burns and blistering during surgery

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Gemma Osgood from our Clinical Negligence Team has successfully recovered £7,500.00 following a claim for compensation for clinical negligence against BMI Edgbaston hospital in relation to treatment that he received in December 2013.

Mr B went into hospital to have surgery to his shoulder shortly before Christmas.  After he came round from the anaesthetic he noticed his arm had a burning sensation, causing him to scream out in pain.   He had been left with a burn mark and blistering 6 inches long along his shoulder/elbow. He was not been given any explanation as to how this happened.

The burns were not present prior to surgery.  It was thought that the burns were caused by permitting excess antiseptic under the surgical drapes during the surgery which caused skin damage. The burns were missed by the surgical staff and were only noticed when Mr B was in recovery complaining of severe pain.

The burns took a number of months to heal leaving Mr B with an unsightly scar to his left inner arm which is approximately 10cm long and 3cm wide. The scarring has improved but will be permanent.

Mr B instructed BL Claims Solicitors as Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors.  The Trust admitted liability.  Mr B agreed to accept £7,500.00 in full and final settlement of his claim.

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About the Author

Gemma is a Senior Associate in our Clinical Negligence team with extensive experience in all areas of medical negligence claims.

Gemma Osgood
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