Case study of a medical accident misdiagnosis claim for a young man whose career as a carpenter has been wrecked by the failure of doctors at two hospitals to spot a complex wrist fracture.
Our client, an experienced carpenter with City & Guilds qualification, suffered what seemed to be a straightforward broken wrist when the car in which he was a passenger crashed.
The injury was treated as a simple fracture by surgeons at the 2 hospitals he was seen at. However, it was not a simple fracture; there was a complex dislocation that both hospitals completely missed, despite it being clear on various X rays.
As a result of the misdiagnosis, the fracture was not treated as it should have been, leaving the client with constant pain and permanent restriction in the wrist. He is now unable to work as a carpenter and since he is still only 30, and limited in what he can do, he has a very significant claim for the loss of earnings he is likely to suffer in the future.
The client came to us after his original solicitors had settled his personal injury compensation claim without taking into account the failures of the hospitals involved, despite being aware of them. Fortunately, he was still within the legal time limit for bringing a medical accident claim against the NHS.
Liability has been admitted by both the hospitals involved, but there is a dispute about the amount of compensation he should receive. Loss of income and the degree to which the original injury might have restricted the client’s work, even without the effect of the medical accident, will be important factors in negotiations.
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