Case study: negligent treatment of fractured leg results in disability
George (32) fractured his leg (tibia and fibula) while playing football. He was told that there were two standard treatments for a fracture like this – manipulation under anaesthetic or surgical pinning. Both treatments would involve immobilising the leg in a plaster cast for a number of weeks.
George said he would prefer surgical pinning as he thought this would speed his recovery, but the doctor felt the fracture was more suitable for manipulation, and this is what took place the following day.
George was followed up on a number of occasions and X-rays were taken to assess the alignment of the fracture. Although a degree of misalignment was obvious this was considered acceptable given the extent of the original injury.
Ongoing pain and restricted mobility
The fracture eventually healed well but the alignment was very poor and George now suffers significant and chronic pain and restricted mobility in the leg, particularly when the weather is cold. We obtained expert evidence that had the fracture been surgically pinned rather than manipulated a far better alignment would have been achieved and George would probably have been able to return to his pre-accident level of activity.
George’s injury has had a profound effect on his quality of life as he is now unable to participate in sports, something that was previously an important part of his life. George’s disability has also negatively affected his working life as he held a physically demanding job.
After George’s case was taken on by the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence compensation totalling £100,000 was achieved to enable George to cope with his disability.
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