Our client Meena, aged 6, had fractured her wrist whilst trampolining and was consequently admitted to the hospital to have a gentle manipulation under anaesthesia to align the fracture. This meant she was placed in a plaster cast following her surgery.
After living with the cast for a month, Meena attended hospital with her parents for what they expected would simply be the removal of the cast. Something which should be a positive experience, allowing Meena to move forward with recovery. Casts are removed using a saw device, whereby the blade stops moving on contact with skin to prevent injury. However, this requires that the cast is of a minimum thickness. Unfortunately for Meena, when her cast was fitted it was applied very thinly. This caused the saw to cut too deeply and into the skin underneath. She was left with a 4-inch scar on her forearm.
Physically Meena managed to heal well, but she continued to suffer mentally from the traumatic experience for some time after. She started to suffer from nightmares and found it difficult to sleep alone, meaning she needed additional support. She went to see numerous professionals such as a plastic surgeon, a child psychiatrist as well as receiving counselling.
At Pryers we were able to show it was negligent to apply the cast so thinly and that Meena suffered psychological distress due to this negligence, in addition to the pain from the physical injury and residual scarring. We were able to include the cost of counselling within the compensation payment. She was awarded £7,000 which included a payment of £300 that the judge awarded to her to buy two professional badminton rackets as a treat.
Meena now aged 13, has made a full recovery from the incident and is now playing competitive badminton for her county. We were pleased to be able to help her through this traumatic time and wish her every success in her future and her badminton career.