Teaching Assistant receives £80,000 settlement after two avoidable surgeries caused mobility loss

25th March 2019

A 46-year-old woman who fell over in her garden has received an £80,000 settlement after experiencing two avoidable surgeries that has reduced her mobility.

On 26 August 2015, the Teaching Assistant attended Pinderfields Hospital Accident and Emergency ward after awkwardly falling and injuring her left elbow.

The claimant was diagnosed with a fracture (the left complex inter-articular distal humeral fracture) which required immediate open reduction and internal fixation surgery.

A couple of weeks after the surgery, the claimant returned to Pinderfields Hospital for a review where she shared symptoms of pain.

The surgeon noted there was significant swelling which resulted in a wrist drop (a medical condition in which the wrist and the fingers cannot extend at the metacarpophalangeal joints) and advised the claimant that the team that completed her stitching had caused the damage.

In December 2015, the claimant underwent nerve conduction studies which showed a left radial neuropathy and a left focal ulnar neuropathy at the elbow.

By 20th August 2016, the claimant was still suffering with a wrist drop, numbness and did not have any finger extension.

She was then referred for further nerve conduction studies.

On 12th January 2017, the claimant underwent a new, explorative procedure where the plates were removed from her arm before later undergoing tendon transfer surgery.

Fletchers Solicitor’s Medical Negligence Litigation Executive, Stephanie Davies, who represented the claimant against The Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust said:

“I hope the compensation that the claimant has received will go towards helping her and her family move forward from this ordeal and assist the claimant in adapting to her reduced mobility.

“This case highlights the importance of a surgeon taking appropriate care when performing all types of surgery.”

“The Claimant now suffers with permanent wrist drop due to the radial nerve palsy injury which causes pain, swelling and has comprised her ability to use her left hand.”

Speaking in conclusion to the case, the claimant said: “I would just like to say how brilliant Stephanie Davies has been.”

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