Case studies

Negligent surgery on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

Our client underwent ACL reconstruction to repair damage to the ligament. This involves creating a tunnel through the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (one of the two bones in the lower leg). A graft is then taken from the hamstring, inserted into the tunnel and secured.

In this case, the screw used to secure the hamstring graft fragmented. The screw had to be removed, but it was our client’s case that the surgeon failed properly to assess whether the hamstring graft had been damaged and by simply using a larger screw on the same graft he caused significant further damage. Our client’s knee gave way the next year and needed revision surgery.

He is left with some ongoing difficulties and in future is expected to have reduced strength and poor mobility, which may well affect his employment as he ages.

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