The Medical Accident Group’s expert solicitor in delayed diagnosis represented a client who suffered a fall from a ladder in 2010 and both fractured and dislocated his foot. A number of Doctors advised our client, Mr D, that there was no fracture or dislocation, and unsurprisingly the problem worsened, leaving him with irreparable damage.
Mr D approached the Medical Accident Group for help – this is his story.
Upon visiting the Accident and Emergency department for the first time, Mr D explained what had happened and an x-ray was taken and assessed by a doctor. Although in pain and with much swelling, he was advised that he had suffered no fractures and was provided with crutches. It was eventually reported by a separate doctor that Mr D had ‘no obvious fracture’ on his x-ray, despite the fact though he had indeed suffered a fracture and a dislocation to his foot.
Mr D was unable to work, and could barely place any weight on his right foot, so attended the Accident and Emergency again, only to be told by the original consulting doctor that it was just a soft tissue injury. He was told to return to work as soon as possible and managed his significant pain with painkillers, and sadly this was only serving to worsen the injuries he had suffered.
One month later Mr D visited a physiotherapist and was referred to a hospital for new x-rays to be taken. Incredibly, the doctor again did not recognize the fracture, but this time referred him to an orthopedic surgeon who immediately noticed two fractures and dislocation. This surgeon noted that had Mr D been treated properly at the first instance, then he could have undergone a procedure to correct the accident injury. Unfortunately due to the negligence of doctors, Mr D’s injuries had become so severe he had permanent damage, and required a bone graft and several fusions of the small bones, including a plate and 3 screws being inserted into his ankle.
Through the negligent actions of his Doctors, Mr D was in constant pain, and was still far from a full recovery. He had had to go back to work under restricted duties.
How we helped
Suffering enormously and looking to get his life back on track, Mr D decided to approach the Medical Accident Group for help. We provided him with all the initial advice he needed free of charge so he could decide what was the best course of action.
Throughout the life of the case, we supported him with home visits from medical experts to check on any needs he might have and to assess his injury in greater detail. The Medical Accident Group helped Mr D secure over £210,000 in compensation to help him rebuild his life again.
Since the case has settled, Mr D has been given closure on the traumatic experience that has blighted his life for over 3 years, and the compensation has helped his financial situation which was affected by his ability to work. Mr D has been able to buy specialist shoes and boots for work that mean his weight can be transferred across to his left foot without loss of normal movement.
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If you have been the victim of medical negligence and seek advice concerning a negligence claim, then the Medical Accident Group has expert lawyers with experience dealing in these devastating cases. We will provide support, help and offer the finest advice to ensure you are not in this alone. Call us on 0800 050 1668