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Woman developed chronic pain syndrome after spinal surgery

Multi-million settlement for woman left wheelchair bound after clinical negligence

Tina was an active 24 year old who enjoyed running and kick-boxing. She started experiencing back symptoms and, after an MRI scan, was diagnosed with a progressive disc disease.

Doctors tried a series of epidural injections but relief from the pain was short-lived. Eventually, Tina underwent surgery and a prosthetic disc was inserted.

However, the disc was misaligned leaving Tina with an unstable spine and suffering from muscle spasms which left her with permanent back pain.

Tina now suffers from a chronic pain syndrome meaning that she is largely wheelchair bound and needs access to 24 hour support and care.

Potter Rees Dolan was successful in achieving a settlement of £3.9million. Tina had already received interim payments totalling £700,000 and had purchased a property which was specially adapted to meet Tina’s needs.

Lesley Herbertson acted on behalf of Tina and commented:

Chronic pain in the spine can be as disabling as an actual spinal injury. However, Defendants can often find it difficult to accept the extent of the disability caused by pain when there is no organic or physical injury to point to.

Therefore, the settlement in this case was an excellent result, not just for Tina but also as a useful marker for victims of negligence who suffer chronic pain more generally.

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