One of our clients (who was aged 54 at the time) was unhappy with treatment which he received at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon during October 2005. Briefly, on 12th and 16th October 2005, he attended their A & E department with symptoms suggestive of a condition called septic arthritis in his right dominant hand. The hospital failed to diagnose his condition at either of these two attendances, and it was only when he attended on a third occasion – 19th October 2005 – that a diagnosis was made and he was admitted.

He had to undergo a number of operations and it is our case that this late diagnosis left him with a more serious disability, which prevented him from returning to his former employment as a bricklayer. The hospital accepted that he had been the victim of sub-standard care but disputed the extent of the disability caused by it. Fortunately, not long after we had issued proceedings, we were able to negotiate a settlement on his behalf.

S. J. Edney solicitors obtained compensation of £130,000 for this client in 2009