£80,000 recovered for failure to properly treat leg fracture.

Our client, a 25 year old man at the time, suffered a fractured right fibula whilst on holiday in Spain. Upon arriving back in the UK a couple of days later he attended at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, and two weeks later underwent an operation to fix the fracture.

Unfortunately, the operation was performed incorrectly by a junior surgeon who operated without supervision from his consultant. The poor surgery was not noticed until 2 months after the operation when a follow-up x-ray was taken and reviewed by the consultant.

A further, more significant, operation was then required, which included bone grafting, but our client continued to suffer pain and restriction of movement. A further operation was also unsuccessful at relieving his symptoms.

Our client has been left with ongoing problems of pain and restriction of movement which affect his daily life.

The Defendant admitted breach of duty causative of injuries, and settlement was reached in the sum of £80,000, which represents a very good level of recovery.

Alex Tengroth, who had conduct of the claim, commented:

This was a routine operation, which ought to have been performed appropriately, and which would have resulted in my client making a near full recovery from his fracture. Unfortunately, because of the negligence, he continues to be troubled by pain and limited mobility in his right leg.”

An appropriate settlement has been achieved and my client will now be able to fund the recommended course of physiotherapy to maximise his chances of recovery.