£3500 Medical Negligence Win For Rawtenstall Client
His surgeon had carried out a minor orthopaedic operation on his foot at a private hospital.
But after the surgery he developed a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) because the plaster cast was too tight.
Our client complained to the the nursing staff but they ignored his complaints.
Once the DVT had been diagnosed our client had to attend clinic every day for three months.
The daily medical appointments affected his work and he ended up changing jobs.
Liability in the case
Medical negligence claims can be difficult to prove.
It’s necessary for claimants to prove that the medical care fell below the standard that any reasonable doctor would have given.
The court set out this test in the “Bolam” case in 1957, and is still widely referred to as “the Bolam test”
Meeting the Bolam test can be much more difficult than it sounds.
But our experts were satisfied that something had gone badly wrong in this case.
So we took on Mr Flitcroft’s medical negligence claim against the hospital.
The insurers for the medical staff quickly admitted responsibility.
Fortunately our client made a full recovery quite quickly.
Once we obtained expert medical evidence the insurers agreed to pay Mr Flitcroft £3,500 in compensation.