A renowned magician, whose doctor´s overlooked a severed tendon in his hand which threatened to end his career, has been awarded 15,000 pounds in an out-of-court settlement of his missed limb diagnosis compensation claim.
Kyle Summers (40) had attended the Accident and Emergency Department of the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton after a cup he had been cleaning shattered in his hand. Doctors at the hospital took an x-ray of Kyle´s left hand to ensure that there was no china in his thumb and then stitched the cut up and sent Kyle home.
When Kyle´s started to experience difficultydoing his magic tricks, he chose to have the hand looked at by his GP, but because the notes made at the hospital indicated that there was no damage to the tendon – even though the cut on Kyle´s thumb had been deep enough to reach the bone – the GP and a physiotherapist decided that the tendon had swollen.
It was after a further check-up six weeks later that the true cause of the issue was settled on. Kyle had to undergo two further operations to put a rod in his wrist and attach a thicker tendon before the injury started to heal. Only after months of intense specialist physiotherapy did Kyle regain the dexterity in his hand to enable him to work again.
After seeking legal advice, Kyle sued the George Eliot NHS Trust for missed limb diagnosis compensation and, in an out-of-court settlement, received 15,000 pounds for the missed diagnosis of his severed tendon.