Case studies

Failure to manage a bone infection after treating a fractured leg


Our client broke her leg during a charity parachute jump. The fracture did not unite properly and her treating surgeons decided a bone graft was needed. Unfortunately, they neglected to identify an infection in the wound that was diagnosed only when our client experienced severe pain because of growing pressure inside her plaster.

When the plaster was removed, a large hole was revealed that was severely infected: bone and muscle in the vicinity had died and a muscle graft was needed from our client's shoulder. She had to wear a leg frame for three years and is left with a severely disfigured leg. The lengthy recovery prevented her returning to her work and her claim included lost earnings as well as compensation for the painful recovery and numerous additional operations she had to endure.


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