Medical Negligence News

Patient´s Claim for Wrong Site Surgery on Back Settled Out of Court for £259,000

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by Medical Negligence

A patient, who lost the use of his arm due to surgical negligence, has settled his claim for wrong site surgery on his back for £259,000.

Michael Dunn (51) – a former officer with the Greater Manchester Police – underwent back surgery in 2011 at the Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester to repair two discs in his back that were causing him to suffer severe neck pain that was extending down his right arm and into his hand.

After waking from the operation, Michael from Droylsden in Greater Manchester complained to his consultant that he had no feeling in the arm at all. He was assured by the consultant that the lack of sensation was only temporary and that the use of his arm would return to normal in a few days.

However, Michael only regained minimal use of his right arm and, after being forced to give up his job as a traffic support officer, he sought legal advice from a solicitor. An investigation was launched into Michael´s treatment, from which it was discovered that surgeons had operated on the wrong discs.

In addition to operating on the wrong discs in his back, it was also found that Michael had sustained damage to a nerve root during the surgery. Because it is unlikely that he will ever regain full use of his arm, Michael made a compensation claim for wrong site surgery on his back against the hospital.

The Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust admitted liability for Michael´s injury, and an out-of-court settlement of the claim for wrong site surgery on his back was negotiated amounting to £259,000. Speaking after the settlement of his claim had been announced, Michael said:

“This has completely changed my life. I had planned to stay with Greater Manchester Police until I retire, but this has taken it away. I wish I had never had the surgery. I was led to believe it was a straightforward operation, so I wasn´t expecting any complications.”

Dr Peter Turkington –the Salford Royal Hospital´s Medical Director – commented: “Once again, we would like to offer our sincere apologies to Mr Dunn for the standard he received at Salford Royal. When an incident occurs, it is always Salford Royal´s practise to apologise, thoroughly investigate it and ensure that we openly share the findings of this investigation with the patient concerned.”