Patient receives compensation settlement after suffering Cauda Equina Syndrome & irreversible nerve damage due to Hospital's delay in treatment

Patient receives compensation settlement after suffering Cauda Equina Syndrome & irreversible nerve damage due to Hospital's delay in treatment

In June 2011 the Claimant was admitted to Llandough Hospital in Cardiff to undergo surgery to reconstruct and re-secure his right hip.  Prior to the surgery the Claimant received a spinal epidural injection to administer anaesthetic.

Following surgery the Claimant became aware of and complained of numbness and a loss of feeling in the perineal and saddle area.  Whilst the epidural catheter remained in place the Claimant was administered Clopidrogel.  Despite the Claimant continuing to complain of numbness and reduced sensation in the saddle area, the Defendant did not investigate the causes of the same until an MRI scan was undertaken the following month. The scan revealed an epidural haematoma had formed at the L1/2 level.  By that date it was not possible to treat or ameliorate the effect of the haematoma.  The haematoma caused the Claimant to suffer Cauda Equina Syndrome.

The Claimant (a retired medic) alleged that the Defendant was negligent in that the Trust caused or permitted the Claimant to be administered Clopidrogel whilst the epidural catheter remained in situ only a day after the surgical procedure. As a result of the incident the Claimant developed Cauda Equina Syndrome.  The nerves supplying the perineal and saddle area are irreversibly damaged.  The Claimant has marked compromise in his bladder and bowel functions.  His lifestyle is grossly restricted as a result of the negligence.

The Defendant made a Part 36 Offer in the sum of £120,000 on the 25 March 2014.  The Claimant made a counter offer on the 7 April 2014 in the sum of £180,000 which was accepted by the Defendant.

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