A delightful client of ours (aged 40) was unhappy with treatment which he received at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon during June and July 2004. He had attended their A & E department on two occasions, complaining of pain and discomfort (with some redness) in his left foot. It was only on his third attendance to hospital that he was admitted for investigation. Sadly, his left leg (below the knee) had to be amputated as a result of peripheral vascular disease.
It was our case that if he had been admitted to hospital earlier, and with timely treatment, this amputation could have been avoided. Our independent doctor advised us, however, that in light of his pre-existing medical history, he would probably have lost his leg within about five years from 2004, due to his vascular problems.
The hospital vigorously defended this case but we were able to negotiate a settlement on his behalf shortly before the date fixed for trial.
S. J. Edney solicitors obtained £50,000 for this client in 2008