Mr T had been suffering from osteoarthritis, a degenerative bone disease, in his left hip since 2001. The condition caused him intense pain and alternative treatment options like physiotherapy and injections had proved ineffective.
In July 2005, Mr T decided to heed his doctors’ advice and underwent a total left hip replacement.
Whilst the surgery initially succeeded in alleviating the pain, things started to go quickly downhill. Six months later, Mr T attended A&E complaining of intense pain in his left hip coupled with leg swelling and the appearance of a limp. Although an x-ray was performed on the leg, he was advised that everything was fine and sent home. Mr T continued to suffer from intense pain which often woke him up at night and limited his ability to work as a lorry driver. Despite numerous visits to the GP, as is often the case, Mr T was sent home with pain medication and few solutions.
In 2007, still with pain in his left hip, Mr T was given an injection that improved his symptoms dramatically. However, this proved a temporary solution and the pain and swelling returned within a few months. Not only this, but he developed intense back pain as a result of the limp. An MRI scan showed significant degenerative disc disease in his back.
In 2011, on the advice of his GP, Mr T made the decision to seek new advice at a different surgery. Although initially the doctors focused on his back pain, it wasn’t until 2012 that a professor in the Spinal Team realised that all his symptoms began to manifest after his hip replacement. This was confirmed by an MRI scan, which demonstrated that the original hip replacement had been performed poorly. Not only was the replacement ill fitting, but it was in fact too short for his leg. Following a revision surgery in April 2013, almost 8 years after his initial surgery, all of Mr T’s symptoms have finally abated.
MrT was referred to us to act on his behalf. We collected medical evidence from a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon confirming that the operation had not reached the standard of a reasonably competent surgeon. We were also able to show that it was this negligence that had caused years of pain and suffering, alongside significant loss of earnings. Following our letter of claim, the defendants admitted liability and we were able to settle the case and obtain compensation for our client amounting to a five figure sum.
This is a clear case where doctors have failed to listen to a client’s concerns over a number of years. If a patient is suffering pain, there is often a clear cause and a doctor’s first response should not simply be medication; there is almost always a cause. It is also important that patients seek a second opinion if a solution is not found. Mr T is now simply happy that, with the help of TSP, he has finally received an admittance of negligence, albeit almost a decade after his initial surgery.