We pursued a orthopaedic surgery negligence claim for Beth who's surgeon damaged an artery and vein during knee surgery. We settled the claim for £19,000.
Beth, aged 37, attended the Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) of the Royal Free Hospital in February 1995. She had been unable to straighten her right knee for two days.
X-rays showed she had an acute locked knee and she was admitted for an urgent arthroscopy, which is an examination and sometimes treatment of damage of the interior of the knee joint through a small incision.
During the surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon found a large bucket-handle tear to the lateral meniscus (cartilage in the knee). When repairing this, the surgeon damaged Beth's popliteal artery and vein.
Beth subsequently developed a deep vein thrombosis and arterio-venous fistula. She had to undergo further surgery to also needed a vein graft.
Beth now suffers from pain and discomfort in the right leg due to limitation in blood flow. She was unable to return to her part-time job at a local school. There is a significant chance that the vascular supply to the leg will deteriorate during the next 10 years and that further surgery will be required.
Proceedings were served in February 1998 and a trial date was fixed for April 1998. But we were able to negotiate an out of court settlement of £19,000, which Beth was happy to accept.
The case was taken on a no win, no fee basis and the defendant agreed to pay Beth's legal costs.
- You can speak to our clinical negligence solicitors on freephone 0800 358 3848
- e-Mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the short enquiry form
All enquiries are completely free of charge and they will investigate all funding options for you including no win, no fee.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
"The group is praised for its commitment to 'demystifying the legal process' while this is a firm for which the client has always been a priority"
Fieldfisher has successfully been recognised as an "Occupation and Asbestos Disease Specialists" Fieldfisher are now recognised as assessors
Charities we support
Fieldfisher boosts its leading medical negligence team with partner Jenny Urwin joining in March
Leading medical negligence lawyers Fieldfisher has hired Jenny Urwin, Slater and Gordon Lawyers' Manchester head of clinical negligence.
A Face in the Crowd: Maxillofacial Trauma Conference
Fieldfisher is pleased to be running a conference in London on the 15th March 2018 to discuss different aspects of maxillofacial injuries.
Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Teams top the Legal 500 rankings
Fieldfisher's Personal Injury and Medical Negligence teams have been listed tier 1 in the Legal 500 rankings.
Fixed costs: The end of patient justice
A letter from the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the charity for patient safety and justice, published in the Telegraph this week, asked the Health Secretary to reconsider proposals concerning fixed costs in clinical negligence claims.