Compartment Syndrome Medical Negligence Claims

Compartment Syndrome Medical Negligence Claims

Our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors help people who have suffered from negligent medical treatment of compartment syndrome.

Compartment syndrome

Compensation can be claimed where there has been delayed diagnosis of compartment syndrome or delayed surgery to treat compartment syndrome due to Medical Negligence. 

Do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, you do not have to worry about how you are going to afford to bring a claim. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.

This page contains details of past successful compensation claims for compartment syndrome. Also, information about causes, symptoms, and treatment for compartment syndrome.

The following  are just some examples of many successful compensation claims for failure to treat compartment syndrome:

  • Lewis v Weston Area Health NHS Trust [2007] 

The Claimant was a taxi driver who sustained serious injuries after driving his taxi into a stationary vehicle. As a result of his various leg injuries, he went on to develop right anterior compartment syndrome. Unfortunately, the hospital trust failed to diagnose the compartment syndrome resulting in permanent damage to the muscle which, ultimately, had to be removed. He was awarded £15,000 (worth £19,390 as at Feb 2016) for the value of his injury plus financial losses of over £10,000.

  • M (A Child) v Brown [2007] 

A six-year-old boy developed Compartment Syndrome after being hit by a car while crossing a pedestrian crossing. He sustained an open compound fracture of his leg which was re-set and put in plaster. A few days following surgery, he had developed compartment syndrome which required an emergency fasciotomy. £15,000 (worth £19,506 as at Feb 2016) was awarded for the value of his injury.

  • Hook v Honeywell FM Ltd (2000)

The Claimant, a 27-year-old lady, was awarded £11,000 (worth £17,206 as at Feb 2016) for her injury plus £3,500 financial losses, after developing compartment syndrome in her left arm which required surgery. She was a secretary and typist. Over a period of 2 months, the Claimant’s workload was increased considerably to the point where she was typing an average level of 7 to 8 hours in a day without a lunch break and an additional 2 hours each evening. Although the Claimant had a pre-existing condition which made her more susceptible to injury, the increase in her workload was identified as the leading cause of the Chronic Compartment Syndrome.

  • Wright v Macclesfield Health Authority (1995)

The Claimant, a 21-year-old man, sustained a soft tissue injury during a game of rugby. Unfortunately, this developed into compartment syndrome and he was negligently treated by the Defendant, who failed to carry out the proper surgery to resolve the problem. He was left with a complete foot drop and spent six weeks on crutches. He then spent a further six months in a foot splint. Although he made a reasonable recovery, his ability to engage in sporting activities was much reduced. His claim was successful, and he was awarded £10,000 (worth £17,727 as at Feb 2016) for the value of his injury.

Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome Include:

Decreased sensation in the affected area
Weakness
Paleness of skin
Severe pain that continues to build and worsen

Causes of compartment syndrome

There are many causes. It can occur after trauma, a car accident, even after playing sports. A crushing injury can be a trigger, or being kicked by a horse, for example.

Have you had Compartment Syndrome resulting in amputation?
Compartment syndrome occurs when increased pressure builds in the ‘compartment’ surrounding muscle. It can then reduce and even block blood flow to the muscles and nerves. If treatment is delayed, permanent damage to the muscles and the nerves in the area occurs.

Relieving the pressure, often done with a cut to the area, can help prevent permanent damage. Not doing so fast enough, though, can cause the muscles to die and require limb amputation.

Was treatment fast enough?

Mostly doctors react fast enough when patients complain of the pain and discomfort. This pain and discomfort are because of the build-up of pressure. Doctors can diagnose this condition based on the pain, and upon seeing swollen, shiny skin. Also, doctors can do investigations to measure the pressure within the compartment.

Doctors can surgically relieve the pressure, leave the wound to remain open for a few days and then close the wound. However, if this does not happen fast enough, the pressure can build very quickly causing the muscle to die. If the muscle dies, amputation of the arm or leg may be necessary.

If a doctor does not act quickly enough, this is substandard medical care. A patient may well choose to bring a claim in medical negligence and claim compensation. Clearly, loss of a limb is life-changing.

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