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Posted on 16th February 2018

Amputation Caused By Hospital Mistakes

In October 2013, a 76-year-old woman from Essex fell in her home and fractured her right leg. In December of the same year, Southend University Hospital completed an X-ray on the leg, but doctors failed to see the fracture on the leg and treat it accordingly.

Just six months later, the leg had severely deteriorated. It was then decided that the patient needed complex surgery to treat the leg at Royal London Hospital. Due to administrative errors, the woman did not receive a surgery appointment until the 15th May 2015, almost a year after doctors said she needed the complex surgery.

Furthermore, during her assessment for surgery, doctors failed to conduct a vascular test which would show her suffering from peripheral vascular disease. The disease can restrict blood supply, meaning oxygen could not reach the affected leg. During the lengthy operation, the leg was quickly becoming depleted of oxygen.

After she was discharged from the hospital, carers became concerned, and she was readmitted to hospital on the same day. It was then that doctors had to amputate as the lack of blood supply had meant that the tissue in her foot had died.

Sadly, the woman passed away in August 2017, but hospitals had failed to apologise for errors before she died. It is believed that if proper treatment were delivered sooner, she would not have needed an amputation.

What Negligence Claimline says

In cases like this, untimely hospital care can result in the worsening of the condition and can also impact the recovery time. If you have experienced surgery errors, mistakes or an unnecessary extended wait for treatment which has caused your condition to worsen, then you could be entitled to compensation.

While you may feel an apology is enough, Negligence Claimline can help you to process your claim and advise you on your options so that you can make an informed decision. If you would like to discuss your claim further with one of our experienced solicitors, then call 0330 355 9210 for free claim assessment.