Surgeon sacked by Worcester hospitals trust

Foot surgery error claim prompted medical negligence settlement

  • December 5, 2017
  • “Ian”, from Herefordshire, had two operations on his foot, one of which he had not fully agreed to. Although some of the surgery was successful, the work on his big toe did not go as planned and the surgeon admitted that he had made a mistake in his approach. As a result Ian had to have the surgery again and, again, it failed, leaving him in pain, forcing him to give up work and restricting him to the downstairs of his home.

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    Understanding Ian’s Surgery Claim

    Ian went to his doctor because the toes on his left foot were out of shape. He was referred to hospital and eventually surgery was recommended for all the toes, except the big toe. He went into hospital for the surgery, and when he had had his pre-op medication, the surgeon told him that he might also try to straighten the big toe – even though Ian had not agreed to this surgery.

    The operation on the four smaller toes went as planned, but the work on the big toe did not. The surgeon admitted that he had made a mistake in his approach by placing a saw through the joint of the toe and a month after the operation, the joint had slipped out of place, had not healed properly and was not stable.

    Ian went back into hospital and the surgery was carried out again. Again it failed. The surgery left Ian with complex regional pain syndrome (a stronger than normal reaction of the body to injury or surgery resulting insevere pain and sensitivity, which can be continuous and debilitating) – his foot and leg remains intensely painful and he can only walk a few yards with a walking stick. He had to give up work as a result and is restricted to the downstairs of his home.

    With Ally Taft’s help, Ian pursued complaints of negligence against Wye Valley Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust admitted that the first surgery had been negligently carried out, that it had caused damage to Ian’s big toe and that the negligence caused his regional pain syndrome.

    Ian received a £415,000 settlement after being left with a permanent disability because of the surgery.

    Medical Negligence Specialist, Ally Taft Explains:

    “Ian was very angry about the problems this surgery caused. If he had had a chance to discuss the big toe operation fully, and ensure that the surgeon was satisfied that it was both necessary and was properly planned, the outcome could have been very different.

    “I was ale to instruct a number of experts in order to make the crucial link to the CRPS, which is often contentious. The experts also assisted in valuing Ian’s needs for the rest of his life so I could ensure his needs would be met. The Defendant tries to obtain damning surveillance evidence and I was able to argue that it did not have the impact that the Defendant alleged.

     “I was glad to be able to achieve a good settlement for him, to help him deal with the on-going problems he faces, which are substantial.”

    Ian’s Experience Of Working With The Medical Accident Group:

    The damages will ensure financial stability for Ian and ensure he can remain in his family home, which was at risk with his inability to work.

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