Fiona Mills, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured over £84,000 for a claimant who suffered a massive slip of her femoral hip epiphysis.
The claimant in this matter was a 12 year old girl from Hertfordshire, who had attended her GP on three occasions over three months with symptoms of aching in her groin, hip and thigh pain, which was worse on weight bearing, and pain on rotation.
The GP failed to appreciate the seriousness of her condition and only referred her for physiotherapy.
A further month after her last attendance to the GP, the claimant felt a crack in her right hip. She went to A&E at the Lister Hospital. An x-ray was taken which showed that she had suffered a massive slip of her femoral epiphysis in her hip.
She was referred to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and was placed in slings and springs prior to undergoing traction treatment for 2-3 weeks. She also required a Cuneiform Osteotomy and securing of the epiphysis with a pin.
Unfortunately following treatment the claimant developed a complication known as chondrolysis. This is a progressive destruction of the articular cartilage resulting in secondary joint space narrowing and stiffness.
As a result the claimant’s hip was abnormal with a decrease of the joint space, as well as 1.5 cm leg shortening in the affected leg causing considerable loss of mobility.
Reports were obtained from GP, orthopaedic, care and psychiatric experts. Unfortunately, shortly before we were in a position to consider trying to settle this claim, the claimant suffered further complications following a fall down an escalator.
After obtaining further reports regarding the claimant’s new condition and prognosis we were able to obtain a settlement of over £84,000 to compensate the claimant for her pain and suffering and to pay for any further treatment that she may need.
Fiona Mills specialises in orthopaedic negligence cases. If you would like to ask Fiona a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any clinical negligence, contact her on 01892 701286 in confidence.