Failure to treat burn victim results in amputated leg
A Redhill man attended his GP practice after he suffered a burn to his foot. The nurse he saw dressed his foot but did not refer him to a foot specialist.
The taxi driver aged 63 attended his GP a further 20 times within the period of 3 months because his foot had not healed. After he developed an infection, the only course of action left available was amputation below the knee.
Solicitors acting for the man commented “Had surgery staff followed correct procedures, he would have been treated far sooner”
The patient’s GP practice have admitted liability.
Failures in duty of care towards this patient have caused life changing injuries, his potential medical negligence claim for compensation could be substantial.
It is now commonplace for us to work until we are 70 years old which means that in addition to general damages for the loss of a limb, there could also be special damages including loss of earnings and adaptations to the man’s home to accommodate his needs.