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    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered compensation for a lady who required a knee replacement operation following a failure to diagnose a broken leg after being admitted to the accident and emergency department of Worthing Hospital. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Jennifer Weight acted for Mrs S who underwent a period of prolonged suffering and loss of mobility before undergoing a knee replacement operation because of a failure to diagnose a broken leg and the consequent failure to undergo appropriate treatment.

    Mrs S, aged 68, was taken to the accident and emergency department of Worthing Hospital by ambulance in great pain having been knocked over by a dog. She was X-rayed and no fracture was reported before being discharged.

    Thereafter, Mrs S remained housebound in pain with difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite. Approximately one month later, Mrs S was contacted by telephone by the hospital and advised that there had been a mistake and she did in fact have a fracture. On return to hospital fresh X-rays were taken. The initial X-ray revealed an undisplaced fracture of the proximal tibia. The new X-ray revealed a displaced, depressed fracture of the medial condyle. Mrs S was informed the following day that a total knee replacement was required. The subsequent operation note recorded incongruity of the joint due to displacement of the fracture.

    Had the fracture been diagnosed on initial presentation, Mrs S would have been given a hinged brace to support the knee and mobilised non or touch weight bearing with crutches for approximately three months and the fracture would probably have united without displacement thereby preserving good alignment of the articular surface with adequate alignment of the knee and Mrs S would not have required surgery to her left knee.

    Mrs S instructed Jennifer Waight of Thomson Snell & Passmore solicitors to pursue a medical negligence claim against the hospital because of delayed diagnosis of her broken leg. Liability was admitted and settlement was reached within 4 months of the delivery of a letter of claim for an undisclosed figure plus legal costs.

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