Mrs S received £4,500 after a surgeon operated on the wrong site.
She suffered from two hernias, one around the level of her tummy button and one around 5 centimetres above.
She gave careful thought to the need for surgery, knowing that there were risks involved. After consideration she provided her consent to a surgical repair of one of the hernias, given that it was causing her to suffer significant pain and discomfort.
However, in the operation which followed, her surgeon negligently operated on the wrong hernia, leaving the symptomatic hernia unrepaired.
Mrs S was unaware of this and continued to suffer symptoms post operatively. She was referred for further surgery under a different surgeon.
At this stage it was revealed that the first surgeon had operated on the wrong hernia. The matter was treated as a serious incident by the Hospital Trust.
Mrs S was then required to undergo a second surgery, this time to the correct site, and it was confirmed that the first surgery had been performed entirely in error.
Pryers represented Mrs S in a claim for medical negligence against the Hospital Trust.
Despite the serious errors made, the Trust did not make any early admissions of liability. Pryers therefore involved an independent medical expert who confirmed that the Hospital had been negligent.
With Pryers’ help the Hospital agreed to pay £4,500 in compensation for the unnecessary pain and suffering Mrs S had been put to and apologised for their mistake.