Suffering with a degenerative condition such as arthritis in your legs, whether it affects your knees or hips, can have a huge impact on your day to day life, such as your ability to work or to care for your family. For some people, it affects their day to day life to such extent that they need surgery and for most of these people, surgery helps to restore their quality of life, at least until old age.
However, if the surgery is not carried out correctly, rather than restoring quality of life, it may worsen your condition. Just one example is that, as a firm, we are helping a number of clients following potentially negligent treatment received by a surgeon at the Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital.
The surgeon in question, Narayanasamy Raghuraman, was an orthopaedic surgeon with a specialism in hip and knee surgery and he provided care both on the NHS and privately. He has since left the country and both the Spire and the Hull Royal Infirmary are no longer linked to Mr Raghuraman.
A number of patients who were treated by Mr Raghuraman only became aware of issues with his care once he left the country and they were transferred to another consultant. They were shocked to hear that the consultant in whom they put their faith and trust may have fallen below an acceptable standard in the care he had provided. There are potential issues ranging from the wrong part of a knee being operated on to incorrectly diagnosing and treating the cause of hip pain.
We assist his patients by investigating the care received in detail, including getting advice from an independent orthopaedic surgeon as to what, if anything, has been done wrong and what the effect of this has on their future condition. There may be some cases where it turns out, following investigation, that a poor outcome was unavoidable but our priority is to get answers to the questions that have been left unanswered by Mr Raghuraman.
Many of Mr Raghuraman’s patients feel angered and upset that he has left the country and is unlikely to personally face any consequences of issues with his care. They are the ones whose lives have potentially been changed through no fault of their own and that is why our priority is to ensure, where possible, that patients are compensated for what they have suffered and that they receive help with rehabilitation to get them back on their feet.