Man left disabled paid £950,000 compensation from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

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A patient who was left severely disabled after being sent home five times from Pinderfields and Pontefract hospitals has been paid £950,000 in compensation.

The man – who does not want to be named – visited Pontefract Hospital on three occasions and Pinderfields twice over a ten-day period with severe back and chest pains.

He was sent home with painkillers, medication for heartburn and, later, a referral to a physiotherapist for a muscle tear.

Doctors failed to diagnose that he had developed an abscess on his spine and, when he was finally admitted, the man was left waiting eight days for an MRI scan that would have identified the urgent need for an operation to remove the abscess.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has now agreed on a £950,000 payout, which has funded a specially-adapted home for the man, who has been left severely disabled, unable to work and dependent on a walking frame to get about.

But the dad-of-two, from Wakefield, said the money would not make up for being unable to join in normal, fun activities with his children.

He said: “The hardest thing has been the impact on my children. They were very young when this happened to me, and since being left like this, I haven’t been able to do all the things a dad should do with his children.

“I haven’t been able to play and run around with them. A settlement of £950,000 may sound a lot of money, but I feel that my kids have been robbed of their father, and that makes me very sad and angry.”

The settlement was secured by Neil Hudgell Solicitors.