According to personal injury solicitors familiar with the case, one sixty year old woman recently won £100,000 in personal injury compensation after she claimed that an operation she underwent nearly thirty years prior was botched due to medical negligence.
Referred to in court documents only as ‘Mrs P’ to preserve her anonymity, the woman had been admitted to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital to remove painful corns in what should have been a routine operation. However in the wake of the procedure Mrs P was left with years of severe, debilitating pain and a shortened foot.
Both her hospital consultant and her GP informed Mrs P that there was nothing that could possibly be done for her condition. However after suffering with pain for years, it soon became unbearable, and after Mrs P’s daughter urged her to do so, the sixty year old woman sought out a different GP to get a second opinion.
Mrs P’s new GP gave her a referral to a Nottingham-based consultant. Moreover additional surgical procedures managed to improve her condition greatly, but Mrs P’s new surgeon had been highly critical of her earlier treatment. This led the woman to decide to seek legal advice upon the matter.
Mrs P was permitted to go ahead with her medical negligence claim by a Judge’s decision, as traditionally it’s a requirement for medical negligence compensation claims to be filed within three years of the occurrence of the actual incident. While it eventually came to a settlement with Mrs P for £100,000, the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was vigorous in its defense of the allegation of medical negligence.
However the matter was indeed settled before a full trial could be held.