Lisa, awarded £7,000.00

Lisa suffered a laceration to her left index finger in an accident involving hedge trimmers.

She attended Wigan Hospital immediately. Lisa was reviewed by a doctor who applied intense pressure to her left index finger, during the course of which her finger was heard to crack. Lisa was then reviewed by an Orthopaedic Specialist, she was advised that an x-ray showed no clear fracture and was discharged home. Lisa’s injury was reviewed four days later in a fracture clinic and it was noted that the wound was healing well and a further review arranged. A further review took place two weeks later where Lisa was advised that she may have sustained a tendon injury and was referred to a Plastic Surgeon.

A month after the accident, Lisa underwent surgery for digital nerve repair and repair of the flexor digitorum produndus tendon.

Lisa was unable to return to work for a period of twelve weeks. Lisa’s work and leisure activities, including typing, playing the violin and playing netball were affected by the lack of dexterity in her finger.

CH Legal were instructed and obtained expert evidence from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

CH Legal alleged that the suspected tendon and nerve damage should have been diagnosed fourteen days earlier than it had been; the delay in diagnosis and primary repair of Lisa’s finger injury had resulted in a poorer outcome than an immediate referral for exploration and repair of the tendon and nerve injuries. Lisa was awarded £7,000.00.

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Jessica, Injury during Hip-Replacement Procedure, £3,000.00 compensation

Jessica underwent a pre-planned procedure for a total right hip replacement at Worcestershire Hospital. During the procedure, injury was caused to Jessica’s lower right leg in the form of a large cut measuring approximately 7cm.

Despite Jessica and her family raising questions as to the cause of this additional injury, no one was able to provide any answers.

CH Legal were instructed and were successful in arguing that the said injury was caused during the course of the hip-replacement procedure at Worcestershire Hospital. Jessica had no such injury prior to the procedure. As a result of the negligence of Worcestershire Hospital, Jessica suffered pain, injury, damage and loss. Jessica sustained permanent scarring and also endured blood clotting as a result of the injury to the lower leg.

CH Legal were able to secure an early admission of liability and consequently a prompt settlement Jessica was awarded £3,000.00.

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Bladder Damage following a Hysterectomy, £200,000.00 compensation

D suffered a vesico-vaginal fistula following a total abdominal hysterectomy procedure on 28 July 2008 at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Following removal of D’s catheter, it was found that she could not pass urine regularly and was beginning to suffer abdominal pain. She was further passing blood tinged urine. Notwithstanding this, D was discharged from hospital.

D was re-admitted to the hospital on 5 August 2008 and following an ultrasound scan, the doctor advised that D be re-catherised. In the days following, D suffered a recurrent urinary tract infection. D was incontinent by now and had taken to wearing nappies.

A CT urogram revealed that D had suffered a fistula to her bladder which was causing her urinary incontinence and ongoing pain. A repair of the fistula was attempted on 24 October 2008. Unfortunately, the repair was unsuccessful. Further repairs were attempted on 15 June 2009 and again on 22 March 2010, to no avail. D had been incontinent for nearly two years; the chances of this changing in the future were slim.

CH Legal were instructed and obtained expert evidence from a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and a Consultant Urological Surgeon.

CH Legal alleged that the Hospital was negligent in failing to identify a degree of thinning of the bladder such as to lead to the early breakdown of the bladder. CH Legal further alleged that post-operatively, inadequate attention was paid to the amount D was voiding which caused over-distension of the bladder and further thinning of the bladder, leading to breakdown. CH Legal were successful in arguing that the development of a fistula represented substandard clinical care and that the post-operative management was lacking in coordination. The case was settled for £200,000.00.

John, Misdiagnosis of Ankle Fracture, awarded £135,000.00

John, 57, from Birmingham, visited the A & E Department at his local hospital after falling at work and injuring his right ankle.

John was diagnosed with a sprain following an x-ray and was discharged home with crutches. John’s ankle was not splintered or immobilised. John visited his GP and the A & E Department at his hospital on a numerous of occasions over the next month due to the worsening pain with no further action being taken.

Eight weeks after his injury, John was referred to an Orthopaedic Consultant; an MRI Scan showed a non-united fracture of the right lateral malleolus (distal end of the fibula). John was put in a below knee plaster cast straight away. John thereafter required surgery four months after the accident.

John was unable to return to work for a period of six months. Jon’s work and leisure activities, including driving, playing football and bowling were affected by the injury.

CH Legal were instructed and obtained expert evidence from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

CH Legal alleged the attending doctor in the A & E Department was negligent in failing to make the correct diagnosis. The notes showed that John presented with classic signs of a serious ankle injury; he was unable to bear weight and was in considerable pain. The delay in diagnosis meant that it took John over six months to recover from his injury rather than 6 weeks expected. It was also likely that John would not have required surgery had the fracture been diagnosed upon his first visit. The hospital accepted fault and agreed to settle John’s claim.

John was awarded £135,000.00.

Sarah, delay in diagnosis case

Four weeks after giving birth to her second child at the age of 24, Sarah visited her GP complaining of pain to her leg. An examination was performed and it was noted that Sarah had a full range of movement of her hips with no muscle wasting. Blood tests were arranged and the results were considered to be normal. Sarah was prescribed with painkillers.

Sarah visited her GP on numerous occasions over the course of the next six months with her pain worsening. Sarah was thereafter referred to a pain clinic. Sarah continued to be seen by the pain clinic and a physiotherapist with no further referral for some time. Sarah was eventually, after 15 months, referred for x-rays and a CT scan which confirmed the presence lesions on her lungs. An MRI scan of her pelvis and a CT guided biopsy were also arranged. Unfortunately, Sarah was eventually found to have Ewing’s sarcoma. Initial treatment was by way of chemotherapy. Sadly, Sarah’s treatment did not prevent the progression of her disease and she tragically died 18 months after experiencing her first symptoms.

CH Legal were instructed and were successful in arguing that Sarah’s GP was negligent with his failure to investigate and refer Sarah in a timely manner. CH Legal were able to secure an out of court settlement for Sarah’s family.

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What is Ewings Sarcoma?

Ewing’s sarcoma is named after Dr James Ewing, who described the tumour in the 1920s. It's a cancer that can develop anywhere in the body, although it most often starts in the bone. Any bone can be affected, but the pelvis, thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) are the most common places.

Fewer than 30 children in the UK develop Ewing’s sarcoma each year. It usually occurs in the teenage years, and more commonly affects boys than girls. Although Ewing's sarcoma is a type of bone cancer, it can also occur very rarely in the soft tissues rather than starting in the bone. This is called extraosseous Ewing's sarcoma. Sometimes these cancers are called primitive neuroectodermal tumours (PNET).



Ewing's sarcoma can occur any time during childhood and young adulthood, but usually develops during puberty, when bones are growing rapidly. It is 10 times as common in Caucasian children as in African-American, African, and Asian children.

The tumour may arise anywhere in the body, usually in the long bones of the arms and legs, the pelvis, or the chest. It may also develop in the skull or the flat bones of the trunk.

The tumour often spreads (metastasis) to the lungs and other bones. Metastasis at the time of diagnosis is present in approximately one-third of children with Ewing's sarcoma. Rarely, Ewing's sarcoma can occur in adults.

SymptomsThe symptoms of Ewing sarcoma will depend on the size of the cancer and where it is in the body. The main common symptom is pain in the affected area that gets progressively worse, with swelling and tenderness. Other possible symptoms may include a high temperature (fever), severe tiredness and weight loss. The symptoms of Ewing sarcoma will depend on the size of the cancer and where it is in the body. The main common symptom is pain in the affected area that gets progressively worse, with swelling and tenderness. Other possible symptoms may include a high temperature (fever), severe tiredness and weight loss. In some cases of Ewing sarcoma, there may not be any symptoms at all. However, as the tumour grows it could weaken the affected bone, increasing the risk of fracture.



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