Damages awarded for failure to treat a fractured wrist

Posted by Gemma Osgood on

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Our Clinical Negligence team has successfully recovered £55,000 following a claim for compensation arising out of failure to adequately treat a fracture of the wrist.
Mrs M was initially seen in Ipswich Hospital where on 11 June 2010 her fracture was diagnosed and manipulated into better alignment and immobilised in a plaster backslab. She was then treated privately by Mr Goddard who felt that the fracture remained in acceptable alignment. By 28 June 2010 the fracture position had deteriorated but Mr Goddard decided to continue with non-operative treatment.

In the autumn of 2010 Mrs M requested a second opinion, which led to the correct diagnosis of the nature and extent of her wrist fracture, and she underwent a CT scan and corrective osteotomy with internal fixation on 15 November 2010. She underwent removal of internal fixation on 21 January 2011. However her wrist still had restricted range of movement. She underwent further surgery on 20 April 2012 to release intra-articular adhesions and extensor tendons, as well as excision of bone fragment and release of distal radio-ulnar joint. She still has restricted rotation and movement and has intermittent aching. Occasionally she has to take painkillers.

As a result of the negligence, aspects of Ms M's work, home and social life were adversely affected. Ms M enjoyed an active social life involving a number of sporting pursuits, including golf and tennis in which she had attained a high level of expertise. She was also an accomplished piano player. These activities and certain other day to day tasks such as for example opening "ring pull" cans and picking up kettles and saucepans continued to be affected by persistent aching and stiffness in her wrist. Her wrist is not likely to improve any further, although the aching should resolve within the next 5 years.

Ms M instructed BL Claims Solicitors as specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors. Liability was admitted and Ms M agreed to accept £55,000 in full and final settlement of her claim.

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

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