NHS fails to diagnose broken back

Posted: 26th April 2017

EmergencyDespite their best efforts, doctors inevitably make mistakes.

A middle-aged man won a multi-million-pound compensation package from the NHS after hospital medics at Bradford Royal Infirmary failed to spot that he had a broken back.

The man attended hospital after falling down a flight of stairs in 2011. The nature of his spinal injury was not initially identified by medics. That failure and the consequent delay in appropriate treatment has left him paralysed from the chest down. He is wheelchair dependent and in need of constant care.

Specialist solicitors launched proceedings on his behalf against the NHS trust that ran the hospital. A full admission of liability was forthcoming and, following negotiations, a settlement of the man’s claim worth £8.8 million was agreed. The facts of the case emerged as the High Court approved the settlement. Due to the man's vulnerability, the judge ordered that nothing must be published that might identify him.