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Claim news – Man who may lose leg seeks more than £300,000 in compensation

31st August 2012

The 46-year-old, who had been a healthy, active, and sociable person prior to the incident, has now put on a considerable amount of weight, has become withdrawn, and requires other people to help him with certain every-day tasks.

Two years ago he had a below-the-knee cast applied to his right leg after sustaining a fractured right foot and an injury to his left knee when he slipped on some ice.

The cast remained on his leg for three weeks, until it was removed due to his leg becoming swollen. A scan revealed that he was suffering from a blood clot. He was then given an anticoagulant to take for six months following diagnosis, but developed a serious case of deep vein thrombosis.

This condition caused his veins to suffer permanent damage, and he later developed post-thrombotic syndrome.

His leg has remained swollen underneath the knee, and he suffers pain which makes walking difficult. Furthermore, the condition has left him at a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis again, which may require him to have his leg amputated.

In his writ against the NHS Trust he states that medical professionals failed to give him anticoagulants when the cast was applied, and also neglected to offer treatment which complied with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

The clinical negligence case is ongoing.

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