Newspapers in County Durham have reported on the experience of a woman who was operated on in 2010 and was given the wrong spine operation. The woman had suffered back pain for some time and saw a spinal specialist before being referred for surgery. When she was admitted the spine operation was performed by another surgeon. Upon waking up she was in extreme pain and had extensive problems with mobility for a long time afterwards that were never properly resolved. A letter was received by the patient two years later referring to the operation she’d had, which was different to the one she expected to receive.
The newspaper reports revealed that the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has since admitted liability for the error. They paid out £70,000 in compensation to the woman after she was re-admitted for a corrective operation.
What can you do if you suspect clinical negligence?
It can be a stressful experience knowing you have to go into hospital for an operation of any kind. Imagine the feeling then of discovering you received entirely the wrong operation when you were treated. This type of situation is thankfully extremely rare; most hospitals provide excellent care and support throughout all treatments. However, there is the potential for negligence and mistakes like this to occur. If this should happen you should always seek professional legal advice to determine if you have evidence of negligence to back up any potential claim you could make for compensation.
Seeking the advice of a professional injury compensation lawyer is the first important step. They have the experience of dealing with cases like these and this experience could help you seek the right compensation for your situation.
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Source: The Star
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown