Case study: poor out of hours care leads to leg amputation - £340,000
Serious blunders by an out-of-hours GP led to Alan requiring a below the knee amputation. The medical law experts at Hospital Negligence took on his Alan’s for justice, securing him an admission of negligence from the doctor and £340,000 in compensation to help him to cope with his disability.
Call to out of hours GP service
Alan’s troubles began when he started to suffer from pain in his right calf. Initially he thought it was just one of the aches and pains he occasionally suffered and nothing significant. However the pain continued and one night became quite severe so Alan decided to call the out of hours GP service
The doctor Alan spoke suspected he was suffering from a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a very serious medical condition that can cause the blood supply to the affected area to be cut off, causing the tissue to die.
Visit to out of hours GP - Alan was sent home
Despite this the doctor did not advise Alan to come to the surgery where he could be properly assessed or give him any advice about what steps he should take if his condition deteriorated.
Alan’s condition saw no improvement and days later, when the pain was particularly bad one night and his leg had begun to go white, Alan attended the out of hours GP surgery.
The doctor Alan saw examined him and found that his toes were cold and white and he was suffering from pins and needles in his leg. These were classic symptoms of DVT but appallingly the doctor sent Alan home.
Blood clot was finally found
A couple of days later Alan was examined by a physiotherapist as he thought his problem may be muscular. When the physiotherapist saw Alan’s leg he was extremely concerned and advised him to attend his own GP as soon as possible. His GP realised the urgency of the situation and referred Alan straight to hospital.
A large clot in one of the main arteries of his leg was diagnosed and Alan underwent emergency surgery to remove it. However by this point irreparable damage had been done to his leg and there was nothing that could be done to save it. Surgeons amputated Alan’s leg above the knee, leaving him permanently disabled.
While nothing could make up for the loss of Alan’s leg, the £340,000 secured by the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence allowed him to purchase the equipment and aids he needed to return to a good quality of life.
We can help you claim also
If you have suffered due to the negligence of a GP yourself, or any other form of medical negligence, contact Hospital Negligence today to find out if you can make a claim. Call us on 0800 014 7481, or fill in our contact form. You can read more about how we can help you here, or read another amputation case study here.