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Woman in her 60s sustained an injury to her sciatic nerve following a varicose vein surgery

Case Overview
  • Our client was a woman in her 60s preparing to retire , when she sustained an injury to her sciatic nerve following a varicose vein surgery.
  • Our team gathered all clinical notes from the hospital and other health care providers for our client. We also sought the opinion of a qualified vascular surgeon, one of Australia’s best neurologists, and an Occupational Therapist to explore every aspect of our client’s damages.
  • We were able to settle our client’s matter out of court for $317,000. 

Our client was a woman in her 60s who sustained an injury to her sciatic nerve following a varicose vein surgery in 2018. At the time of her injury, our client had been planning to relocate to the country, with plans to reduce her work hours, enjoy country life and eventually retire. As a result of her injuries, she was unable to continue to work and relocate as she had planned.

Our client felt she had been cheated of the right to enjoy her upcoming retirement and as a result, she called Gerard Malouf & Partners for more information and to see if she had a claim.

Our Approach

Having spent countless hours working on cases involving nerve injuries arising from various surgical procedures, and having had numerous discussions with top experts over the years, we knew that claims involving a nerve injury can be difficult to prove.

We opened a file on our client’s behalf and requested all of her clinical notes from her surgeon and other health care providers. We  scrutinised every page of her clinical history, making careful note of any evidence that our client had suffered a nerve injury. We then drafted a qualifying letter incorporating all of the evidence we had identified which suggested that our client had suffered a nerve injury.

We qualified a vascular surgeon and one of Australia’s best neurologists to provide an opinion. We also explored every aspect of our client’s damages and qualified an Occupational Therapist who was asked to comment on past and future need for care and equipment.

The surgeon relied upon evidence that damage to the sciatic and other nearby nerves is a known complication of varicose vein surgery and claimed he was not liable for our client’s injuries. Despite this, we were able to settle our client’s matter out of court for $317,000. Our client was able to avoid the stress of going to court and could focus on enjoying her retirement.

The Result

We were able to settle our client’s matter out of court for $317,000. Saving her the stress of going to court, and allowing her to focus on enjoying her retirement.

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Ray Abbas

Partner
I get satisfaction in knowing that my clients receive compensation in these challenging times, where insurers seem to have the upper hand
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If you have been injured or an existing condition has got worse following a medical procedure, or even just a visit to the doctor, then you may have been the victim of medical negligence and you may be eligible to make medical negligence claims against the professional who caused your injury.

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