Brenda Gorst, 73, underwent a hip operation which left her foot pointing at a 90 degree angle in the wrong direction. But that’s not the only hip operation error that was made; Ms Gorst also suffered from a life-threatening infection and her leg was left four inches shorter after corrective surgery,
Since the procedure in 2007, she has undergone seven further operations to try and correct the errors made, and is yet to face another operation to rebuild her pelvis and leg bone. After suffering from hip pain in her 60’s, a scan revealed her bones were suffering from wear and tear. The surgery she underwent in 2007 was supposed to help her remain active, but when she woke up her leg was so badly bruised it was black from hip to toe and she was in severe pain.
Follow-up surgery to ease the pain resulted in Ms Gorst contracting an infection which was resistant to antibiotics. She has been left with a leg which is virtually useless and is unable to do many things she once took for granted. Her hip replacement was removed and her leg bone fused to her pelvis to relieve pain, which shortened her leg by four inches. Ms Gorst has now been awarded £250,000 in compensation after suing Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board.
Claiming compensation for surgical errors
Whilst most medical professionals carry out surgery to the very highest standards, there is always a margin for error to occur, and if you have been affected by a surgical error, the results could be life changing. Imagine if surgeons operated on the wrong part of your body, or caused damage to surrounding organs during surgery? If you are left injured and unable to live your life to the full, you will be feeling frustrated, angry and upset and you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Next steps to claiming medical negligence compensation
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know that the aftermath of medical negligence or any illness is a stressful time. Our team of personal injury lawyers will listen to you and provide confidential, no-obligation advice, no matter how you have been injured. If you decide to proceed with a claim, you can rest assured you’ll receive the very best level of service – we are recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We’re here for you every step of the way and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 – we are open 24/7.
Source: Wales Online
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown