Case Study: Negligent Post-Operative Care Leads to Neurological Problems

Compensation: £400,000

William, 63 years old, Stoke on Trent

William had always been extremely keen on walking and mountaineering. He had suffered from problems with arthritis since his 50’s and had two cartilage operations to one of his knees. He continued his hill walking activities, but on a much-reduced scale.

However, when William was 63 years old, he began to experience problems with pain in his back extending into his leg. He was referred by his GP to a private Consultant. Following an outpatient examination, it was suggested that it was likely that there was stenosis of the spinal canal at the L4/5 level and suggested that if this was confirmed by MRI scanning that the William would be a "very good candidate for surgery to relieve the stenosis with a good chance of getting him back to serious hill walking".

Following this, various further investigations were carried out and William was eventually admitted to a specialist Orthopaedic Hospital for an operation described as "L3-5 decompression and stabilisation". The operation was carried out on a private basis, however, William was on an NHS Ward.

From the day of surgery, until he underwent further surgery, William demonstrated progressive neurological deterioration caused by the presence of an extradural haematoma, which was eventually evacuated.

Lasting effects

William was left with significant motor and sensory deficit which means that he cannot walk except with crutches and that his preferred method of getting around is by wheelchair.

The claim

It was alleged that there a delay in the performance of exploratory surgery following the initial operation despite entries in the nursing notes which indicated neurological deterioration. Had William been appropriately treated post-operatively his neurological and functional recovery would have been full.

The case was successful and settled. William received £400,000 compensation.

Have you or a loved one also suffered negligent post-operative care?

If you or anyone you know has been affected by any of the topics discussed above and require advice and guidance on your particular situation, simply get in touch with our expert and friendly team.

Do so by calling us on 0800 054 6512 or by completing our online enquiry form, allowing us to get back to you.

< Back to main spinal injury negligence claims page

More Case Studies

Failure to properly investigate and treat suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome has resulted in a woman receiving £4.37 million compensation.

Spinal injury specialists at JMW obtained £2.75 million in compensation for Jean after appalling errors led to her suffering permanent cauda equina syndrome. This case study tells Jean's story.

Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW, secured £2.6 million for a woman whose life was devastated by negligent cauda equina syndrome care.

Melissa Gardner, a partner specialising in spinal injuries in the JMW clinical negligence department, secured £2.1 million in compensation to help a woman cope with the devastating impact of permanent cauda equina syndrome after a poor consultation from a doctor caused a delay in diagnosis and treatment

JMW partner Melissa Gardner secured £2 million for 'Tracy' after her life was devastated by errors in the treatment of her cauda equina syndrome. This case study explains what went wrong and how Melissa helped Tracy.

Claire lost her business and marriage after appalling errors allowed her red flag signs of cauda equina syndrome to go untreated. Claire was left permanently disabled but Eddie Jones as JMW obtained her £925,000 in compensation to help her to cope.

Jim had an attack of sciatica at work, it didn't get better with rest and his GP suspected cauda equina syndrome and sent him to a hospital for investigation. His condition wasn't initially properly diagnosed and got worse and has led to long term suffering.

Peter was left with permanent bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction, as well as disability and constant pain after delayed treatment of his cauda equina syndrome. As a result he lost his job and struggles with day-to-day tasks such as caring for his children.

Tina had a history of lower back pain and had consulted her GP on a number of occasions. One day she had a particularly severe episode of back pain that was unresponsive to pain relief.

Donna attended her GP with lower back pain and sciatica in her left leg worsening over the previous 2 weeks. She was referred to an orthopaedic consultant at her local hospital.

Paul had a long history of lower back pain and when he was 35 years old, he underwent a laminectomy for removal of a prolapsed intervertebral disc. This was only partially successful and he continued to suffer episodic lower back pain.

'John' now relies on a wheelchair for getting about outdoors after appalling delays to surgery he needed urgently to treat cauda equina syndrome. Steven Brown, a senior associate in JMW's specialist medical negligence team secured John £280,000 in compensation to help him cope with his permanent disabilities.

Joanne was left with permanent bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction after delays in recognising her cauda equina syndrome. Her case was taken on by JMW Solicitors and she was awarded £250,000 in compensation.

Find out how we helped Tricia to claim £250,000 after medical professionals failed to recognise the risks of cauda equina syndrome.

Aaron was awarded £225,000 in compensation after JMW challenged the poor care that he faced when his Cauda Equina Syndrome was missed by medical professionals. This case study tells his story.

Tony had a long history of lower back pain and sciatica.However, when he was 48 years old he suffered a recurrence of his symptoms. After a month his condition became much more severe and so visited his GP, who prescribed pain relief. JMW claimed £150,000 for the claimant due to clinical negligence.

Gerard had a long history of lower back pain and had attended an osteopath as well as his GP on a number of occasions. He had become depressed since the recent death of his partner.

Collette, 39, had her life devastated by appalling delays to urgently needed spinal surgery. Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW helped her to win her battle for justice, paving the way for compensation to be secured.

'Michael' suffered negligent diagnosis of cauda equina and received £425,000 in compensation with the help of JMW's Steven Brown.

Eddie Jones, a cauda equina syndrome specialist solicitor at JMW, obtained £600,000 for a women whose life was devastated by negligent treatment of CES at a local hospital and a specialist spinal unit. Although nothing could ever fully compensate 'Denise' for her ordeal, the money has enabled her to cope with the financial consequences.

Let us contact you


COVID-19 Update - Our website and phone lines are operating as normal and our teams are on hand to deal with all enquiries. Meetings can be conducted via telephone and video conferencing.

View our Privacy Policy

Areas of Interest