In April 2014, our client, Mr M was admitted to hospital for a bunion removal operation on both of his feet; a procedure he was advised would take around 3- 4 months to recover from and enable him to return to work.
When Mr M went for the operation, he did so with the understanding that it was the same surgeon who would be operating on both of his feet. This was not in fact the case, two different surgeons operated on the feet at the same time.
Following the operation, Mr M was understandably in significant pain on both feet. As the weeks passed however, Mr M queried the difference in appearance of his feet and also the fact that whilst his right foot was recovering, he was still unable to weight bear or put any pressure on his left foot.
At the time of his 6 week review, Mr M was still in such discomfort in his left foot that he was keeping his feet elevated and avoiding walking around as much as possible. It was apparent on post-operative x-rays that the bunion deformity had been rectified on Mr M’s right foot however there had been a failure by the operating surgeon to correct the bunion deformity on the left foot to an acceptable degree.
Four months following the operation, Mr M’s right foot had healed well enough that he would have been able to return to work but was unable to due to the ongoing problem with his left foot. Mr M was advised that removing the metal work in his left foot might be a way of alleviating his symptoms. He was also advised that he would likely need more surgery to correct the bunion deformity. Mr M opted to have both operative procedures done at the same time in order to avoid additional time off work.
After 7 months, Mr M returned to work whilst still in significant pain. Undertaking a largely manual role, this was far from ideal, but necessary as he awaited corrective surgery.
In January 2016, Mr M received the corrective surgery with removal of metalwork and recovered without complication. However, this could not be completed to a suitable standard due to scar tissue from the initial operation.
Mr M, subsequently became aware that a pin, which had been put into his left big toe during the revision operation, was prominent and causing him discomfort. He then required a further operation in September 2016 to remove the pin.
The Defendant had negligently failed to correct the bunion on Mr M’s left foot during surgery in April 2014. As a result of that failure Mr M was required to undergo two further surgical procedures which would have been avoided if the under correction had been addressed at the time of the initial surgery in April 2014. Had this been done Mr M’s left foot would have recovered in the same way his right foot had.
In total, Mr M was recovering for a period of 2 years, when his recovery could have been as soon as 4 months had it not been for the Defendant’s failures.
Mr M asked Price Slater Gawne to investigate the negligent surgery and claim for him.
Whilst no amount of money will rectify the ongoing impact that the negligent treatment has had on his life, the monetary settlement Mr M has received will assist him in making changes to his living conditions to facilitate his comfort and alleviate the pain.