Skin graft error £6,250

We acted for a delightful client (aged 77) who was unhappy with medical treatment which she received at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, West Sussex during September 2012. Briefly, she had been admitted to this hospital following an accident at home when she injured her left shin, causing her to suffer a nasty laceration. Shortly afterwards, she underwent a debridement and skin graft operation on her shin at the hospital. During the course of the surgery, an excessively thick skin graft was raised from her left lateral thigh and had to be re-stitched. This was due to faulty equipment. The new skin graft then had to be harvested from another part of her thigh and applied to the wound on her shin. Unfortunately, the original skin graft became infected and was slow to heal and has left her with some intermittent pain. She also had another unnecessary scar on her leg which will now be permanent.

A letter of claim was submitted to the hospital and they accepted liability in full for what happened. There was a dispute on quantum but the parties were eventually able to agree upon a settlement.

S. J. Edney solicitors obtained compensation of £6,250 for this client in 2013