James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured £50,000 for a claimant who developed a large haematoma near her spine, as a result of negligent pacemaker surgery, causing her on-going back pain.
This clinical negligence claim involved a 45 year old woman who underwent surgery to replace her pacemaker and to have a temporary pacing wire fitted at the Maidstone Hospital.
The claimant had a chronic cardiac history, having been diagnosed with congenital aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve which restricts blood flow through the heart) many years before.
She had had a pacemaker for 10 years and required a temporary pacemaker fitting, prior to a full pacemaker change, due to the decreasing battery life of her original pacemaker.
During the surgery to fit the temporary pacemaker the femoral artery from the heart was inadvertently punctured by a junior surgeon. This was not recognised by the surgeons, leading the inferior epigastric artery to rupture. She was discharged home the following day after the surgery.
The next day she was rushed to A&E complaining of pain and tenderness over the pacemaker site. She was also bleeding from her right groin (port site for the surgery).
An angiogram as undertaken which showed the rupturing of the arteries, which has in turn caused a large haematoma (blood clot) to develop in her pelvis, near to her lower spine. She underwent an embolization procedure to stem the blood loss from her arteries.
Post-operatively the claimant suffered from significant levels of back pain and found she was only able work part-time hours. She had on-going pain at the site of the pacemaker, as well as in lumber spine.
X-rays were taken of the claimant’s spine after her back pain continued, which showed her spine was normal and it was expected her on-going pain was related to spinal nerve irritation caused by the large haematoma.
The claimant continued to suffer from chronic and severe back pain and it was argued by James Cahan that the claimant’s back pain had been caused by the negligent placement of the pacemaker and the associated bleed and haematoma that formed.
James was able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of £50,000 to compensate the claimant for her pain and suffering, and to pay for any future treatment she may require.
James Cahan has significant experience in surgical negligence claims. If you would like to ask James a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any clinical negligence, contact James on 01892 701289 in confidence.