Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyer acting for the claimant obtained a settlement of £60,000 to compensate the claimant for his pain and suffering and to pay for his past and future treatment needs.
Mr P was aged 39 when he injured his left non dominant wrist when playing football. He sustained a fractured scaphoid but this was not recognised when attending hospital afterwards. As a result of delay in diagnosis, the option of conservative treatment was missed and the scaphoid bone did not heal. By reason of this, Mr P suffered avascular necrosis and subsequently underwent bone grafting and screw fixation surgery.
Mr P suffered:
a) avoidable surgery;
b) surgical scarring;
c) injury that will result in arthritis to his wrist that will require further treatment ranging from steroid injections to a possible need for a full wrist fusion.
The defendant admitted failures to (a) consider the nature of the injury, (b) request x-rays of the scaphoid, (c) examine the injury properly and (d) suspect a scaphoid fracture and apologised to Mr P.
Court proceedings were commenced before a settlement was negotiated with the defendant’s lawyers.
Jonathan Herbert specialises in clinical negligence compensation claims. If you would like to ask Jonathan a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact him at Thomson Snell & Passmore solicitors on 01892 701226 in confidence.