Tina was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at the age of 25 following a road traffic accident. It was identified that she would require a hip replacement at an early age but a Ganz peri-acetabular osteotomy could delay the hip replacement by several years.
Tina was admitted to hospital and had the surgery the following day but unfortunately she suffered internal bleeding which was not identified by medical staff for some time, Tina subsequently developed compartment syndrome of the right lower leg and nerve damage.
She then required emergency surgery to perform a fasciotomy, arteriotomy and vein patch repair to the right external iliac artery which had been damaged during the surgery and had continued to bleed afterwards. The damage to and the bleeding artery itself was not considered to be substandard treatment, as damage to this artery was a risk of this type of surgery, the issue was the delay in identifying and treating the bleeding.
Despite the fasciotomy, arteriotomy, vein patch repair and further treatment, Tina eventually required a right below knee amputation.
How we helped
Our team settled Tina’s case for a sum in excess of £960,000. Our argument for negligence was in relation to the delay by the nurses in bringing Tina’s symptoms to the attention of the surgeons.
The surgery itself had been a success and had the bleeding artery been diagnosed earlier Tina would not have developed compartment syndrome, nerve damage and would not have required the below the knee amputation.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals