[2008] LTLPI 23.04.09  

Claimant was referred to Defendant’s orthopaedic clinic with suspected Achilles tendon rupture. He had already received below knee backslab and been provided with crutches in A&E.  

A senior house officer in the orthopaedic clinic was unable to feel any rupture in the Achilles tendon on examination. He concluded backslab was unnecessary and recommended immediate mobilisation and discharged the Claimant.

The Claimant was returned to the hospital by his GP seven weeks later due to persisting symptoms and was reviewed by an orthopaedic consultant who diagnosed complete rupture of the Achilles tendon. Claimant required surgical repair of a 3cm gap of the tendon bridged with prosthesis.  

Claimant alleged negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of Achilles tendon rupture led to requirement for surgical repair and prosthesis. Following surgery Claimant developed urinary retention requiring transurethral resection. He was off work for three months and complained of minor residual weakness and occasional pain when walking long distances.  

Out of court settlement £27,000 (estimated General Damages £19,700).