Delayed Diagnosis of Infection Following Spinal Surgery

Delayed Diagnosis of Infection Following Spinal Surgery

Our client suffered neurological injury as a consequence of  a deep-seated spinal infection.  The infection itself was consequent upon a previous spinal operation and our client therefore has numerous functional consequences as a result of these long-term neurological problems.

A delay in the eradication of his infection left our client suffering from severe weakness in his lower limbs.  Not only did this leave him unable to walk, but it also exacerbated some of his pre-existing Parkinsonian symptoms of involuntary movement in his legs.  Other problems included no voluntary control of his bladder and erectile dysfunction.

Despite the fact that the Claimant would have been significantly disabled in any event; Irwin Mitchell’s specialist medical negligence team acted on behalf of the client in order to help gain compensation for the negligence that he had suffered due to the delays in his treatment.  The opinion was that, had there been earlier eradication of his infection, he would have recovered power in his legs to a normal or near normal level and he would have retained the ability to walk within his home and for short distances outside his home with a suitable walking aid.  Furthermore, he would have some preservation of urinary continence and erectile impotence.

Proceedings were issued against the defendants and a round table meeting took place where the Claimant accepted an offer of £240,000, in compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the negligence by the defendants.

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