Man left unable to walk gets six-figure settlement from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

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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 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.

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 to be examined.

He was x-rayed and told no injuries had showed up. During 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 scan 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.

His sister Jeanette Hunter said: “Because of Edward’s injuries and the delay in him getting treatment, his life has been completely turned upside down.

“We just don’t understand how they couldn’t spot a fractured spine despite taking x-rays.”

Dr Karen Stone of the Mid Yorkshire trust, said: “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.”