Hospital trust in six figure payout after Pontefract man lost use of his legs

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A MAN left unable to walk after medical staff failed to diagnose his fractured spine has won six-figure settlement from a West Yorkshire hospital trust.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust admitted a delay in diagnosing 54-year-old Edward Irving’s spinal fracture after he fell down the stairs at his home in Kinsley near Pontefract.

Mr Irving suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1988 after a car crash which left him with learning difficulties and limited use of his limbs on his left hand side.

In 1993 he was involved in another car accident and developed post traumatic epilepsy.

On October 26 2010, he fell down stairs and the next day was taken to A&E at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield to be examined. He was x-rayed and told no injuries had showed up. Over the next few weeks, he continued to complain about pain in his back and also loss of sensation in his legs.

By November 11 he was unable to move his legs, An MRI revealed a fracture in his spine and he underwent spinal surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

Mr Irving did not regain the use of his legs and now needs to use a wheelchair. He is being cared for at Hemsworth Park Care Home.

Margaret Ryan, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office representing the family, said: “Patients must be listened to no matter what their mental state. Lessons must be learnt by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, and others across the country, to ensure the same mistakes do not happen again.”

Dr Karen Stone of the Mid Yorkshire trust, said: “We launched a thorough investigation into this case to ensure any learning for future patients was found and shared. We have written to Mr Irving to formally apologise for any unnecessary

pain and suffering that may have been caused as a result of our care.”

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