Vascular problems

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Clinical Negligence

In a number of cases vascular problems such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and compartment syndrome should not occur or should be identified much earlier. A delayed diagnosis can cause long term damage and lead to a claim.

Penningtons Manches’ clinical negligence team specialises in dealing with cases relating to the development and management of a variety of vascular problems. They may involve situations where there has been a failure to take steps to prevent vascular problems developing or to make a diagnosis as well as negligent or dilatory treatment. Injuries sustained by our clients range from short term concerns to very serious issues leading to amputation, permanent disability and, in some instances, death.

Common examples of claims resulting from vascular problems include failure to:

  • diagnose either at all or at an appropriate time – applying to DVTs, PEs, compartment syndrome and vascular compromise
  • consider and/or properly manage the risks of vascular injury arising from surgery – for example due to positioning
  • identify vascular problems arising after surgery
  • examine the possibility of a vascular problem after certain injuries (for example compartment syndrome after a knee dislocation)
  • prevent / manage ulceration or pressure sores in patients with diabetes ultimately leading to amputation
  • monitor patients properly / provide preventative medication after suffering a PE or DVT.

Penningtons Manches' experienced team can advise in relation to a wide range of these claims.

Recent work highlights

Negligent treatment of diabetic foot ulcer

Winning damages of £165,000 for our client, a known sufferer of type 1 diabetes whose foot ulcer was treated with total contact in a cast. He sadly ended up requiring a below knee amputation with reduced life expectancy.


Amputation following podiatric surgery

Acting for a woman who was advised by a podiatric surgeon to undergo surgery for hammer toes but the oxygen supply was depleted leading to ischaemia. She then underwent a second operation and the amputation of a toe.


£400,000 damages for compartment syndrome

Recovering £400,000 in damages for a client who developed compartment syndrome in hospital following a fall and a leg fracture. He underwent surgery to pin the leg but the signs that he was developing compartment syndrome were missed.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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