Coles Miller medical negligence solicitors have helped a scaffolding supervisor to gain £175,000 in compensation after his knee replacement operation went badly wrong.
The 49-year-old man needed surgery in February 2011 because he had a 20-year history of pain and stiffness in his left knee.
But the operation to fit a prosthetic knee failed – resulting in pain and restricted movement.
The patient had tried to return to work four months after the surgery. But he managed only a few weeks of work. He had to stop because of pain and difficulty walking.
He sued his consultant orthopaedic surgeon following the privately funded operation in Merseyside.
Over the next two years the patient had further treatment and in March 2013 underwent total knee re-revision surgery performed by a different and very senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon.
The patient’s symptoms improved significantly. His left knee was now stable, well balanced and with virtually full movement.
He alleged that the first surgeon:
- fitted part of the prosthetic knee “at a position of excessive internal rotation”
- failed to remove enough bone before applying the prosthetic knee
- left an excessively tight gap in the knee.
His case was handled by Coles Miller Partner David Simpson, head of the firm’s Clinical Negligence Department.
Mr Simpson said: “I am delighted that my client has made such a good recovery and that – despite a denial of liability – we have successfully secured a significant and appropriate sum of compensation in respect of the pain and suffering that my client endured.
“I would like to thank our barrister Hamish Dunlop of 3 Paper Buildings for his excellent work and the surgeon who carried out the successful knee re-revision surgery for his invaluable support.”
For more information about claiming compensation for surgical errors, please contact Coles Miller Partner David Simpson, head of the firm’s Clinical Negligence Department, 01202 355695.