Operation infection victim compensated

Posted: 15th December 2016

OperationEven routine operations can have devastating consequences if they go wrong, and it is only right that those who suffer should be properly compensated. In one case, a woman won seven-figure damages after she contracted an infection during common or garden knee surgery and was ultimately left largely dependent on a wheelchair.

The operation was meant to ease pain in the married mother’s joint but, due to the infection, she had to undergo a total knee replacement, at Castle Hill Hospital, much earlier than would otherwise have been required. The infection persisted, however, and she has since endured more than 20 operations. Aged in her 50s, she has been left all but incapable of walking.

The NHS trust that ran the hospital where she was treated was found liable for her injuries by a judge and her lawyers later succeeded in negotiating a final settlement of her case. The High Court approved the deal, by which the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS trust agreed to pay the woman a lump sum of £1.5 million, plus index-linked and tax-free payments of £50,000 a year to cover the costs of her care for life.

Approving the sums to be paid Judge Patrick Curran said it was an appropriate settlement of the case.