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Case Study

£2m compensation for above-knee amputation following errors at Chase Farm Hospital

Mark Bowman and Rebecca Drew were instructed by Chris, who suffered a trans-femoral amputation of his right leg because of errors following routine total knee replacement surgery at Chase Farm Hospital.

Chris, 67 at the time, had a family history of haemophilia, which, it was alleged, was disclosed to the Defendants prior to surgery. During the weeks following knee surgery, Chris' wound continued to bleed excessively, he complained of significant pain and swelling and blistering around the wound.

Despite his ongoing symptoms and a doctor suggesting a test for haemophilia, no such checks were performed for at least a month, by which time it was too late. In spite of further treatment over the next few months, the Claimant's right leg had to be amputated above the knee.

Experts in orthopaedic surgery and haemophilia prepared reports before Court proceedings were served on the Defendant, which admitted in its defence that the management of the Claimant's condition was negligent  post-operatively which led to him requiring his amputation.

An interim payment was immediately obtained to enable Chris to purchase private prosthetics, appoint a case manager and employ a team of carers to assist him. Reports were obtained from experts in 12 different disciplines to fully quantify the claim.

The parties agreed to meet at a mediation earlier this year to attempt to settle the claim, but we did not believe the Defendant's offer suitably compensated Chris for this injuries. At a separate settlement meeting soon afterwards, the Defendants, having obtained their own care expert report that agreed that Chris required live-in care increased the offer to in excess of £2m. The offer was accepted.

Following settlement, Chris said:

"It was a very emotional and stressful journey at times for our family but we were always put at ease by Mark and his team. They offered us a high level of support and service in addition to being approachable to answer our queries. They are an amazing, hardworking team and we would definitely recommend them!!  We are forever grateful to Mark and his team."

Contact us

For further information about amputation claims or medical negligence claims, please call Mark Bowman on 0330 460 6794 or email mark.bowman@fieldfisher.com or call Rebecca Drew on 0330 460 6806 or email rebecca.drew@fieldfisher.com.

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