Successful settlement for negligent knee replacement surgery

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Our Client Mr A. suffered a long term problems with his left knee.  Due to unbearable pain he was eventually forced to discontinue his employment.  Following a number of consultations Mr A. was finally advised that the best solution was a total knee replacement to improve function and reduce pain.   

Mr A. underwent surgery to his knee in November 2012 at his local hospital trust.  The operation was initially complicated by a DVT; an unfortunate complication that can arise after such surgery.  

Mr A. developed sharp pains and swelling to his left knee.  Each time the pain was excruciating and he was hospitalised.  There was no specific trigger for this pain. The cause for the pain and swelling was not identified until it was appreciated that the prosthesis used in his surgery in November 2012 had been incorrectly sized and was malrotated.   Mr A. continued to suffer bouts of haemathorosis - multiple bleeding into the joint spaces. He needed to use crutches throughout. The pain, swelling and repeated bleeding in to the joint spaces caused problems in every aspect of his daily living. He required regular assistance from his partner. Mr A had hoped to return to work after his knee replacement, but was unable to do so. A pre-existing back problem was exacerbated during this period.  The persistent pain and continuing swelling led to a revision surgery in March 2013.

Mr A. was exposed to lots of stress during this time and he developed a degree of psychological symptoms contributing to Psoriasis in his healing leg. He contacted BL Claims Solicitors in August 2014.  Associate, Patricia Wakeford managed his case.  Expert evidence was obtained from an orthopaedic consultant.  A Letter of Claim was sent to the Trust's appointed Solicitors.  An offer was made to the trust for £20,000 which was accepted.

If you would like to find out more information, please contact Patricia Wakeford, Associate.

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About the Author

Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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