Blundering out of hours doctor who cost man his leg admits negligence 


A blundering doctor, who was employed by the CroyDoc out-of-hours GP surgery in Croydon, has admitted that his mistakes led to a man having his leg amputated. 

Brian Dowsett, 75, lost a leg after Dr Hans Raj Yadav failed to diagnose a dangerous blood clot, despite there being glaring warning signs.

Mr Dowsett, who was 70 when his leg was amputated and has since moved to the Guildford area, instructed the specialist clinical negligence team at JMW Solicitors to bring a legal challenge against Dr Yadav’s poor standard of care. Following the admission of negligence, a six figure compensation settlement has been agreed with Yadav’s lawyers, which will help Brian and has family to provide the special care he now requires to cope with his disability. 

Sally Leonards, Mr Dowsett’s lawyer at JMW Solicitors, commented: “The exceptionally poor standard of care that Dr Yadav provided to Mr Dowsett, in what was clearly an emergency situation, was completely unacceptable.

“Despite Mr Dowsett’s leg being in a serious condition, an urgent hospital appointment was not made and he was sent home. This had devastating consequences and caused a significant delay in treatment and ultimately the loss of Mr Dowsett’s leg.”

The retired accountant experienced agonising pain in his leg, which was white and cold to the touch, with a faint pulse – all symptoms of a blocked artery.  After being unable to sleep due to the extreme pain, he telephoned the CroyDoc out-of-hours GP service, which advised him to come to the surgery. 

But after examining Mr Dowsett at the CroyDoc surgery, in Croydon, on the night of Thursday 25 January 2007, Dr Yadav sent him home, and told him to see his own GP on Monday.

The actions of Dr Yadav, who has since been struck off by the General Medical Council and subsequently erased from the medical register, were to prove catastrophic. After being admitted to hospital on the following Monday, urgent surgery to remove the blood clot could not save Mr Dowsett’s leg, which was amputated above the knee three weeks later, after parts of it turned black. 

Mr Dowsett, who is married to Christina and has two daughters, two step-daughters and six grandchildren, said: “I am still in a lot of pain and often feel angry and frustrated about what happened to me, but I am determined to get on with my life. 

“Things are certainly much harder, especially for my wife, who is essentially my carer, and I now rely on a prosthetic limb and a mobility buggy to get around. However we try to continue to do the things we enjoy and on a recent holiday, with the support of hotel staff who helped me in and out, I was able to go in the sea and have a swim for the first time since all this happened.

“It is a relief that we have finally had this admission from Dr Yadav, although it has taken five years for it to come, which has been quite frustrating.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Kelly Livesey on the details below:

Kelly LiveseyD. 0161 828 1868E. 

Note to Editors

JMW Solicitors LLP is a leading Manchester law firm and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.JMW’s Clinical Negligence team is headed up by leading lawyer, Eddie Jones. For more than a decade he and his team have advised and represented thousands of victims of clinical negligence, and their relatives, and have obtained over 70 million in compensation for their clients, as well as providing the answers as to why their medical treatment has gone wrong.

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