The Plaintiff suffered a comminuted fracture of the left distal radius as a result of a fall at her home which was treated operatively by k-wire fixation at a regional hospital.  She was in a cast for 6 weeks and the k-wire was removed following this period, as was her cast.  She was then referred for physiotherapy, which she found to be of little assistance.  Post operatively she noted that she had very poor movement in her left wrist and that there was a prominence of the distal ulna on the left wrist.  She was referred to a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who arranged for x-rays and carried out an examination of her left wrist.  On examination, he noted that she had shiny fingers with poor movement and that this was consistent with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  He also noted an obvious deformity of the wrist with a short radius and prominent distal ulna. X-rays showed that the radius had healed but in a shortened position and the distal radius had dislocated.  The Plaintiff has been left with significant limitations on activities of daily living because of the position of her wrist.


The Plaintiff contacted Augustus Cullen law who obtained independent expert evidence from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in England who criticised the care she received at the hospital and particular the failure to identify the instability in her wrist post operatively and on post operative radiological imaging. Proceedings were issued and the case was ultimately fixed for trial. The Defendant admitted liability in its Defence accepting that it had been guilty of negligence in the treatment of the Plaintiff.


Settlement negotiations took place between the parties and the matter ultimately settled in the sum of €140,000 and costs.


If you have any further queries, please contact Jamie Hart, Partner in our Medical Negligence Group.


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