£250,000 obtained for amputee

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Julie Crossley, a medical negligence specialist at Ashtons Legal, has obtained a settlement of £250,000 for Mr H who had to have a below-knee amputation because his GPs failed to refer him to the hospital at the appropriate time.

Mr H was known to have a high risk of vascular disease. He began to suffer from cramps and circulatory problems and, two years after first showing symptoms, was offered the chance of surgery on his legs to open blocked arteries if he gave up smoking. This didn’t happen and the following year he reported far more severe symptoms with progressively worsening pain in his foot and a split in his heel.

Shortly afterwards he required a wheelchair in order to be mobile. He repeatedly sought advice from his GP surgery but was not referred to a vascular surgeon until his condition had worsened to the point at which he needed to have his foot amputated because it was gangrenous. He then contracted a post-operative infection which resulted in the need for further surgery and an above-knee amputation.

Julie comments: “Mr H’s doctors missed several opportunities to refer him to a vascular surgeon but the key point was that if he had been referred approximately four months earlier than was the case he would have avoided the amputation. This settlement cannot in any way replace his missing limb but it will help to make it easier for him to get the support he needs to live comfortably despite his disability.”

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