Nerve injury following bowel surgery23 Mar 2022 | Stephanie Prior
Stephanie Prior was instructed in a claim against Luton & Dunstable University Hospital where our client sustained an injury to his ulnar nerve during bowel surgery.
Our client was diagnosed with bowel cancer in November 2019 and underwent surgery under general anaesthetic to excise the tumour in January 2020. Our client was placed in the Lloyd Davies position and was provided with arm and shoulder supports during the procedure.
Following the procedure our client woke from the anaesthetic and our client complained of a sore shoulder, elbow, and neck whilst in the recovery room. He was provided with intravenous pain relief and then was transferred to the ward. On waking, our client discovered he could not move his left hand nor his left wrist. His left bicep was also swollen. An x-ray on 11 January 2020 did not show any signs of injury to the left shoulder or left bicep but our client remained concerned about the weakness and numbness in his left arm.
Our client was taken back to theatre on 13 January 2020 for a diagnostic laparotomy, for medical issues that related to the original surgery. His recovery was complicated.
By 20 January, 10 days after the original bowel operation, our client remained unable to move his left wrist. Nerve conduction studies in February 2020 confirmed he had sustained an injury to the left radial nerve during the operation on 10 January 2020. Our client was expected to make a reasonably good recovery, which has thankfully been the case albeit he continues to lack control with fine motor movements but he is able to manage day to day tasks and continue with his employment. Although he was unable to continue working as a sole trader in a manual job, and had to find employment with a company so that he had employed status and he had the support of a colleague at work when he was carrying out manual tasks.
Stephanie Prior successfully settled the claim for a five figure sum without needing to issue Court proceedings as the Defendant Trust admitted liability following the Letter of Claim.
"She works tirelessly for her clients and is incredibly focused on their needs. Attention to detail is key and she is meticulous."
"She's a very committed lawyer and always has the best interest of the client at heart."
"Stephanie Prior is excellent to deal with. She keeps everything up to date and works extremely hard for the clients and their families."
Stephanie Prior is very experienced, with an encyclopaedic medical knowledge. Fights tooth and nail for her clients.
Stephanie Prior is a first-rate clinical negligence specialist whose industry, great experience and medical background put her in an exceptional class.
Stephanie Prior is a superb senior practitioner with an accurate eye for the nub of a case and an acute sense of the merit of any claim.
A very experienced team headed up by the wonderful Stephanie Prior, who has a fantastic reputation in the marketplace.
"I know [we have] expressed our appreciation, but I also wanted to thank you for all your hard work, time and patience in pursuing mum’s claim through to a successful outcome - your kind and professional approach was genuinely appreciated."
“May I take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and true compassion in yet another very tough year of representation on the behalf of my wife. I certainly must say you did it all with amazing stamina and positivity which regenerated my self-esteem…. You honestly eased the pain and I can see a healing process ahead.”
Stephanie has developed a particularly strong reputation for her handling of birth injury claims, as well as cases concerning surgical negligence and delays in surgery.
"Stephanie Prior takes on complex cases and gets excellent results. She has a background in medicine which serves her clients well and is a realistic but tough litigator."
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"Stephanie shows sensitivity and deals with things in an understanding way."
The lawyers in the team are highly experienced and will drive cases very hard on behalf of their clients.
"Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes."
Stephanie’s background in medicine gives her an ability to read between the lines where medical records and expert evidence are concerned and is a great asset.
"Her knowledge base is second to none and her understanding of the litigation process stands out, as does her ability to work collaboratively."
"Stephanie Prior... manages a varied caseload, including obstetric claims, child and adult brain injury cases and fatal and non-fatal spinal cord injury cases."
"Stephanie is experienced, knowledgeable of all aspects of clinical negligence work, and strategic in running cases."
"Key team members include the approachable, compassionate and efficient Stephanie Prior."
Stephanie Prior is always very professional and kind. Highly recommended.
Stephanie Prior is ‘very warm’ and ‘caring’, and an ‘exceptional professional’.
Stephanie Prior continues to receive widespread praise from clients, who state that she explains the legal aspects of the case very clearly, and she is also a caring person who handles cases on a personal level.
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