A claim for compensation has been launched by lawyers on behalf of a man who has suffered as a result of alleged negligence regarding an infection in his prosthetic knee joint. Mr Oukhellou originally had the knee replacement operation at Luton & Dunstable hospital in April 2007 to resolve issues caused by arthritis. Unfortunately the knee was apparently “painful and swollen” and looked to be failing to heal properly. He visited his GP in May and notes by a nurse stated the suture line was experiencing problems. Mr Oukhellou was told it would heal in time and the suture was removed, but he continued to experience problems.
In June he visited the orthopaedic clinic at Luton & Dunstable hospital but his barrister has claimed he was placated on this occasion. According to the barrister Mr Oukhellou was told to return if the knee continued to cause him trouble. He was eventually admitted in a seriously ill condition on 11th June and staphylococcus aureus was grown from a blood culture, confirming the presence of bacteria. The knee joint had to be removed and Mr Oukhellou’s barrister says this has left him unable to work.
Is it possible to make a claim for compensation following an infection?
Whenever we go into hospital for an operation we expect to receive outstanding care. While infections can occur we would expect regular checks to ensure they are caught at an early stage if any symptoms or signs appear and for the most part this does happen. Regardless of the kind of operation or treatment you have had, it is important to stay alert for any signs of infection.
If you have evidence that negligence may have been to blame for an infection you have suffered, it is wise to find out whether you could make a claim.
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If you feel you have suffered an infection that has had serious knock-on effects in your life and you think negligence was to blame, get in touch with our professional injury advice lawyers now. The sooner you find out where you stand and whether you have cause to bring a no win, no fee* claim, the sooner you can put everything behind you and hopefully win compensation too. Don’t leave things in doubt – contact us now.
Source: Lunton & Dunstable
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown