Case study: man left disabled following delay in diagnosis of spinal tumour
Compensation: £1.7 million
Trevor was left permanently disabled and reliant on a wheelchair after NHS failures meant a serious spinal injury was not treated in time.
Trevor’s injury means he has lost sensation in his lower legs, has poor balance and little control over his bowel and bladder.
After being put in touch with the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence a successful case was brought against the hospital responsible and Trevor was awarded £1.7 million in compensation.
Back pain is mistaken for heart trouble
Trevor’s troubles began when he was struck down by severe pain in his back which was shooting down his spine and was unbearable. The pain extended to Trevor’s left arm and chest and he had a tingling sensation in his left hand which radiated to his fingers.
After attending an NHS walk-in centre Trevor was told to go straight to A&E where he was seen straight away. The doctor who examined him suspected a problem with his heart and ran some tests and did an X-Ray. When these came back normal Trevor was sent home with advice to return in a week or so if no better.
The following day Trevor’s condition had deteriorated and the pain was even worse. Trevor went to see his GP and was diagnosed with a virus and given a prescription for pain relief. Trevor tried to make himself comfortable that night after taking the pain relief.
The next day Trevor was worse still and found that he had almost no feeling in his legs and feet and had also lost sensation in his torso. As well as this Trevor’s mobility was affected and he was very unsteady on his feet. After contacting the GP Trevor was sent straight to hospital.
Emergency surgery leading to disability
When Trevor was eventually seen several doctors examined him who were unable to decide what was wrong. It was not until later that night that an MRI scan was arranged after it as noted that Trevor had not passed urine for some time. However the scan was not carried out until the following morning, revealing that Trevor had a tumour on his spinal cord.
Trevor was taken to a specialist hospital for emergency surgery but it was too late to prevent permanent damage from being caused to the nerves in his spine.
Trevor was left permanently disabled which was completely avoidable if he had been diagnosed and treated in time. Tests and investigations, including the MRI, should have been done more urgently so that surgery could have been carried out in time to prevent Trevor’s severe injury.
Trevor was put in touch with the medical law specialists at Hospital Negligence who took on his case against the hospital and secured him £1.7 million in compensation to help him to cope.
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