A Unite member from Leicester turned to his union’s legal service and Thompsons Solicitors for help after medical staff’s failure to spot and quickly treat two blood clots left him needing a double amputation.
The 60-year-old was rushed to hospital after developing significant pain in his legs. Paramedics suspected he had blood clots, however when he reached the hospital he was only taken to the orthopaedic ward. Despite the pain, medical staff failed to conduct a vascular exam, which would have spotted two blood clots in his lower spine.
Medical staff put him in compression stockings and by the time they reassessed him, two days later, they found his legs had mottled – caused by blood failing to reach the affected areas. He was told the damage was so severe they had no choice but to amputate his legs above the knee.
“The pain was like nothing I’ve felt before,” he said. “When it first hit me, I tried walking around to stretch out, but it was so bad I had to lie down on the floor. Little did I know, that was the last time I’d stand up properly.