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Clinical negligence news – Composer wins misdiagnosis claim

25th May 2012

After experiencing a fall in his home in Birmingham in October of that year, he went to Russells Hall Hospital worried about the pain he was suffering.

Diagnosed with a urine infection by hospital staff, he was not sent for an X-ray which would have shown that he had fractured his spine. Instead he was given morphine for the pain and sent home on the advice of the medical professionals who saw him.

Within 24 hours the composer had lost the feeling in both of his legs. The initial spinal fracture had caused spinal cord injuries. The man is now wheelchair dependant and has been unable to return to work since the misdiagnosis. Furthermore, he will now require care for the rest of his life.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has accepted liability for the man’s personal injuries. A spokesperson stated, “We would like to offer our sincere apologies to [the medical negligence claimant] for failing to diagnose his injury.

“The care we provided fell below the standard he should have expected.

“We accept there are lessons to be learned and have implemented additional staff training to minimise the risk of a recurrence in the future.”

The amount of compensation the man is set to receive has not yet been settled, but it will hopefully provide him and his family with financial security.

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