Deborah Blythe has settled a clinical negligence claim for £720,000 one month before trial. The Claimant had a complicated past medical history including type II diabetes and transverse myelitis. He had been unable to tolerate treatment for his diabetes with insulin. His diabetic care was managed by University College hospital.
It was alleged that there was a failure on the part of the diabetic clinic at the hospital to carry out regular foot examinations between 2004 and 2008. Such examinations would have picked up the presence of a bony prominence in March 2008 in the claimants foot which should have mandated urgent follow up leading to an early diagnosis of Charcot Arthropy in his foot. The claimant would then have undergone urgent treatment followed by regular supervision in the diabetic foot clinic with multidisciplinary input from a Diabetologist, Chiropodist and a Surgeon where appropriate.
Instead this was not done and the claimant went on to develop ulceration and a severe life threatening infection in the foot which resulted in his admission to hospital. He underwent a life saving above the knee amputation of the right leg. The infection spread into his left leg leading to amputation of the lower left leg.
The case was strenuously fought on issues of liability. The expert evidence was complex and causation issues were tricky. Accordingly liability was agreed 72.5% in the Claimant’s favour.
The clam settled shortly before trial for £720,000.00.
The Claimant, who is 65 years of age is cited in Wikipedia as being a British Occupational Psychologist and Psychometrician who is known for publishing a number of landmark papers many of which have taken the form of book reviews for "Nature magazine". He is described as being "responsible for the most widely used ability and aptitude test for Recruitment and selection". His company was involved with the development of the National Vocational Qualifications.
The claim included past and future care, prosthetics, aids and equipment and adaptations to his canal boat and home. There was also a claim for the loss of an “advance” on a trade book that he was intending to complete about history of psychometric testing.