Compensation for patient that suffers amputation as a result of GP negligence

  • September 18, 2014
  • When Tim noticed a pain in his leg, combined with a bit of swelling, he went to his GP to investigate it. He was told there was nothing to worry about.

    A month later, and with the pain and swelling worsening, Tim returned to the GP only to be told not to worry again. Eventually Tim was referred to hospital where, unfortunately, it was discovered that he had a blood clot deep in his leg. This potentially fatal condition resulted in the need to amputate his leg just above the knee.

    Tim approached the Medical Accident Group’s orthopaedic negligence claims specialists for help.

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    Understanding Tim’s Orthopaedic Negligence Claim

    Tim noticed a pain in his leg combined with a bit of swelling and went to his GP to investigate what it might be. These symptoms had played on his mind for some time. His GP quickly examined the leg and determined that there was nothing wrong. Tim played a lot of rugby and the GP felt this was the most likely cause. He was advised to take painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.

    One month later the swelling and pain was getting worse and Tim returned to the same GP. Once again he was told it was nothing to worry about – this time without even examining the leg to confirm any suspicions.

    Fortunately, a member of Tim’s family mentioned of an inherited condition that makes blood clots far more likely than an average of a man his age. With this new information Tim went to see a different doctor, the next month.

    Tim was immediately referred to hospital to have an ultrasound scan. It revealed a blood clot deep in his leg. Tim was told that he was lucky it was only in his leg – as anywhere else around his body could have been fatal.

    Tim underwent a procedure that night, under heavy sedation, to investigate the problem. Unfortunately, because the lack of blood had done so much damage to the leg tissue already, his lower leg was going to have to be amputated just above the knee. Tim was told that he could have kept his leg had this been noticed only a month previously, with a simple routine examination such as an ultrasound.

    Medical Accident Group secured compensation for Tim as a result of his pain and suffering, the loss of future income and quality of life, and the cost of future treatment and equipment needed to help him carry on his life.

    Tim Explains His Experience of Working With Medical Accident Group:

    “With Medical Accident Group’s help I got everything I deserved, financially. I couldn’t have done it without their support at each stage. As a result I now have the use of a prosthetic limb attachment, which means I can still cycle as well as participating lightly in some sports. It’s made a complete difference to my life.”

    If you have suffered from medical negligence as a result of orthopaedic negligence our experts can help you with your claim – call us on 0800 050 1668 or start your claim online now.

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    With bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments being the most commonly injured parts of the body, orthopaedic negligence claims – relating to incorrectly performed procedures, surgery, infections and damaged nerves – are the most common cases seen by our lawyers – call us on 0800 050 1668 or email using our online form.



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