We have successfully negotiated a five figure settlement for a doctor who was injured during a knee arthroscopy procedure.
The injury occurred when the tourniquet being used to control the blood flow to the operation site failed. The case was brought against the hospital Trust. It was never disclosed by the Trust whether the medical equipment had been adequately checked and maintained, so we will never know whether it was in fact an inherent defect in the tourniquet, or whether the tourniquet itself had been damaged or was simply too old.
The failure of the tourniquet meant that the doctor in question had to undergo a second procedure at a later date, which in turn had an adverse effect on his recovery and also meant that he had to undergo additional ligament grafts which would otherwise have been avoided. In addition, the rehabilitation time (which was only supposed to take in the region of three to six months) took well over eighteen months and unfortunately the doctor has still not fully recovered from the second procedure.
James Cahan specialises in clinical negligence cases. If you would like to ask James a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about medical negligence, contact James on 01892 701289 in confidence.