Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has agreed to pay £1.2 million in compensation to a patient who lost his leg after treatment at North Devon District Hospital in 2005. Mr Edward Appleby, who underwent surgery at the hospital in 2005 after his right leg was broken in a motorcycle accident, claimed that staff had been negligent. Whilst waiting in a corridor after an operation to align his femur, he had complained of swelling and severe pain due to ‘compartment syndrome’, which restricts the arteries and veins, cutting off blood flow. Mr Appleby’s cries for help were brushed off until 8.15pm that night, when he was rushed in for emergency surgery, but by that time, part of his leg had already died. He also claims his femur was left incorrectly aligned. Following several operations at other hospitals, his leg was eventually amputated.
Whilst the trust has not admitted to negligence, it apologised to Mr Appleby for ‘incomplete documentation’ and offered to pay him a six-figure sum. Mr Appleby, a former Territorial Army reservist, climber and triathlete, was left unable to return to work as an osteopath since his injury, and was surprised to hear that paperwork problems were being blamed for his loss of leg.
Have you been affected by clinical negligence?
Medical or clinical negligence is a broad term which can cover a variety of things, but if you have been affected by surgery which has gone wrong, or been left injured due to failure to diagnose an injury or illness correctly, you could be eligible to claim compensation. We know our own bodies well, so medical professionals have a duty of care to listen to us if we are in pain or complain that something is wrong. If your complaints are ignored and you suffer an injury as a result, there may be evidence that negligence has occurred.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: North Devon Gazette
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown