Our client v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Year of incident: 2013
Date of Settlement: 2017
Acting: John Vallance, Director at Wake Smith Solicitors
The client was undergoing total right hip replacement surgery at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield on 17 July 2013.
During this procedure a suture was passed through part of the sciatic nerve.
This action fell below a reasonable standard of care.
As a result of the breach of duty the client suffered permanent damage to the sciatic nerve, resulting in a dense right-sided foot drop.
The client suffered from a major depressive disorder as a consequence of the sciatic nerve injury for a period of about 18 months and continues to suffer residual symptoms related to anxiety and low mood.
In September 2015, the right foot drop caused a fall downstairs at home suffering a ligamentous injury to a shoulder.
We instructed experts to prepare reports for the client with regards to:
Orthopaedic surgery (breach of duty, causation, condition and prognosis)
Psychology (condition and prognosis)
The matter was settled out of court.The Claimant settled within 4 weeks thereafter when the Defendant accepted our client’s offer.
The claim settled for a value of £70,000.
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