A man has received compensation after a routine knee operation left him with a broken leg.
Stewart Clegg underwent the procedure at Kendal NHS Treatment Centre (based at Westmorland General Hospital) in August 2010. The long-time taxi driver had started to suffer knee pains two years earlier, and had been put on the waiting list for a knee replacement operation.
However, soon after he had been discharged following the procedure, a problem occurred. He was hobbling on his crutches when he felt an intense pain in his leg. He was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where it was discovered that the femur bone in his thigh had “snapped”.
Mr Clegg tells the Lancaster Guardian that a surgeon at Royal Lancaster Infirmary told him the bone was damaged during the knee op and was disgusted at how badly the operation had been done.
The paper claims that Mr Clegg complained to NHS North Lancashire about his treatment but his concerns were dismissed. However, after taking legal action, he has received an apology for the poor standard of treatment he received. He has also reportedly received a five-figure compensation settlement.
The negligence in his knee operation meant he had to undergo a further two surgical procedures to fix the problems. He also had to spend an extended period of time on crutches, and lost earnings as a result.