Repeated hospital mistakes

David Longmire

Fletchers has been brilliant throughout the whole process – the team has taken care of everything and helped me get the closure I needed

David Longmire, victim of medical negligence

A pensioner, who regularly enjoyed travelling and fishing, is now unable to do the hobbies he loves after needing a full hip replacement because negligent doctors failed to spot that he had fractured it.

David Longmire, 71, from Chorley in Lancashire, was very mobile before he suffered a fall on the 1st November 2013 whilst putting air in his car tyres.

As he was in constant agony, David was admitted to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital Accident and Emergency, but doctors didn’t realise that he’d fractured his hip and wrongly told him he’d simply bruised it.

During a quick examination, medical staff believed that David hadn’t sustained serious injuries and he was sent home with painkillers and told to come back if his condition worsened. His pleas for an X-ray to be taken were ignored.

David’s x-ray showing a fractured left hip

David carried on as normal for the next few days, as he was given no instructions to rest and had been assured by doctors that the pain would soon pass. After several days of putting weight on his injured leg, David was forced to return to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital as the pain had become so severe he was unable to walk properly.

David underwent a series of X-rays on the 8th November 2013, a full week after he originally injured his leg. The test results revealed that he had a fractured hip, which had worsened over the past week because he had not taken time to rest or been advised to rest

As a result, David was told that he now had to undergo a complete hip replacement, which was undertaken a few days later.

Despite the surgery being successful, David still suffers significant pain on his left side. As a result, he now struggles to walk and is unable to enjoy the activities he did previously, like fishing and travelling. He will now have to rely on crutches for the rest of his life.

My mobility has really suffered after the operation, and I can barely leave the house now. I still experience a great deal of pain and stiffness in my left hip, which really affects my day-to-day life as I’m very much restricted in my abilities. The doctors’ negligence has also cost me my independence – even everyday things like getting dressed and having a bath are almost impossible for me to do without my wife or daughter’s help.

David Longmire

After realising that he had been a victim of negligent treatment, David contacted Fletchers to bring a claim against Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to ensure this would not happen again.

The hospital accepted liability on the 15th October 2015, admitting in its response to us that an x-ray should have been taken on David’s initial hospital visit, and that the fracture would have been spotted earlier had the appropriate tests been carried out. We secured £7000 in compensation for David.

Fiona Swarbrick, a senior solicitor within our medical negligence department said, said: “The hospital failed to take appropriate care of David on his initial visit, and this has had awful consequences for his day-to-day life. When we visit the doctor with an injury or illness, we trust that they will take the appropriate care of us – which simply hasn’t been the case here. But what makes this case particularly shocking is that this isn’t the first time this hospital has come under criticism for misdiagnosing a hip injury. Clearly, lessons need to be learned from both of these incidents to ensure similar mistakes are not repeated.”

We are pleased that we have been able to obtain justice for David and that the compensation will support the long-term care he now needs due to the hospital’s negligence.

Fiona Swarbrick, medical negligence solicitor

David also spoke about how he feels now the case is over,, “This whole process has been an extremely frustrating ordeal. The doctors refused to believe me when I told them that I was in excruciating pain, and their lack of action at the start has directly contributed to my condition now. Fletchers has been brilliant throughout the whole process – the team has taken care of everything and helped me get the closure I needed.”

We wish David all the best for the future and are glad he now has the closure he needed to hopefully put the negligence behind him.

Fiona Swarbrick

Fiona Swarbrick

Case Solicitor

Fiona joined Fletchers in late 2015 and has over 15 years of experience in the legal sector acting for customers in relation to personal injury and medical negligence claims. She is a solicitor within the medical negligence litigation team and before joining Fletchers, she had been a Partner and Director at her previous firms.

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Key Case Details

Injury
David suffered a fall at the start of November whilst putting air in his car tyres. Due to his pain he went to A&E, however doctors failed to notice he had fractured his hip and he was advised it was just bruised. David was sent home with painkillers and told to come back if the pain got worse, he did request an x-ray however didn't get one. David assumed the pain would just pass, however a few days later the pain became so severe he was unable to walk properly. David returned to hospital where an x-ray was carried out and identified he had fractured his hip, therefore he would need to undergo a complete hip replacement.
Resolution
The Trust accepted liability in October 2015 and admitted David should have been taken for x-ray on his initial hospital visit.
Outcome
We settled David's case for £7000.
Now
Despite David now not being able to be independent anymore, he is glad the ordeal is over with and he received a lot of support from his wife and daughter.

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