Man Settles Medical Negligence Claim for Wrong Site Back Surgery

A former police officer has settled his claim for wrong site back surgery after the Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust admitted that a mistake had been made.

In 2011, Michael Dunn (51) from Droylsden in Greater Manchester was advised to undergo back surgery to repair two discs that were causing him to experience pain from his neck, along his right arm and down into his right hand.

The traffic support officer for the Greater Manchester Police attended the Salford Royal Hospital and underwent the surgery but, soon after waking up from the operation, he became aware that he had lost all feeling in his right arm.

Despite raising his concerns with a consultant, Michael was discharged from hospital after being told that the lack of feeling was a temporary reaction to the surgery. However, Michael never regained the full use of his arm and decided to take legal advice.

Michael´s solicitor instigated an investigation at the hospital, due to which it was discovered that surgeons had operated on the wrong discs in Michael´s spine and also damaged a nerve root. Consequently, Michael will never regain the full use of his arm.

Unable to return to work, Michael made a medical negligence claim for wrong site back surgery against the Salford Royal Hospital´s NHS Trust. Liability was admitted and a settlement of his claim was negotiated amounting to £259,000.

Speaking after the settlement of his medical negligence claim for wrong site back surgery was announced, Michael said: “I wish I had never had the surgery. I was led to believe it was a straightforward operation, so I wasn´t expecting any complications.”

Dr Peter Turkington – the Medical Director at the Salford Royal Hospital – commented: “Once again, we would like to offer our sincere apologies to Mr Dunn for the standard he received at Salford Royal. When an incident occurs, it is always Salford Royal´s practise to apologise, thoroughly investigate it and ensure that we openly share the findings of this investigation with the patient concerned.”