A woman´s claim for a dislocated jaw due to hospital negligence has been resolved for a six-figure settlement following a five-year legal battle.
Forty-three year old Amanda Walker from Knaresborough in North Yorkshire was twelve weeks pregnant with twins when, in December 2010, she received the tragic news she had miscarried. Amanda was admitted into Harrogate District Hospital for an operation to remove the foetuses but, when she come round after the procedure, she experienced a severe pain down the right side of her face.
Doctors at the hospital attributed the pain to a condition Amanda had developed ten years previously. However, on a later visit to her dentist, Amanda was told that her jaw was misaligned and that the tendons, ligaments and nerves on the right side of her face had been badly damaged. An MRI scan revealed the misalignment was due to her jaw having been dislocated.
Amanda underwent four corrective surgeries, including one to insert a prosthetic jaw. Doctors at Harrogate District Hospital maintained the misalignment was due to a historic condition but, unconvinced, Amanda sought legal advice., Amanda´s solicitor´s found that the dislocation of her jaw was due to the way in which a surgical mask had been put on to keep Amanda´s airways open during the December 2010 operation.
Amanda made a claim for a dislocated jaw due to hospital negligence against the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, alleging that her injuries had forced her to give up her job in PR and advertising, and had contributed to the breakdown of her marriage. The NHS Trust conducted its own investigation and admitted liability for Amanda´s injuries.
The exact amount of the settlement of Amanda´s claim for a dislocated jaw due to hospital negligence has not been revealed, but is believed to be in six figures. Speaking with her local newspaper, Amanda (now 48 years of age) said: “I am smiling again and it feels like a huge weight has been lifted. When my solicitor told me I had won, I think I was in shock.”
Dr David Scullion – Medical Director for the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust – said: “The Trust is pleased an agreement has been reached. We have apologised to Ms Walker for the impact this injury has had on her. We conducted an investigation into Ms Walker’s care with us in 2010 and want to give assurance that we have learned all we can from this incident.”