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A Devon teenager has been awarded ‘significant’ compensation after his dream to become an RAF pilot was shattered due to a hospital’s lack of proper treatment.

The boy suffered a lifelong injury after the hospital failed to diagnose a fractured femoral head in his hip, resulting in septic arthritis.

Elizabeth Larner, one of the specialist clinical negligence lawyers at Wollens Solicitors, took up the case and has secured the compensation.

The youngster had to endure wash out procedures and extended antibiotic therapy and now walks with a limp.

He had to have time away from school at a crucial time in his education, and due to his physical limitations, his dreams of becoming a pilot cannot now be realised. The septic arthritis caused destruction to his hip, meaning that he will face a lifetime of hip replacement surgeries to combat loss of mobility and pain.

The boy’s mother has said: “We were lucky enough to work with Liz and her team who were nothing but professional and approachable. They were a pleasure to deal with and made sure we understood every step and were always on hand to answer any questions. With Liz’s help we successfully settled my son’s claim and I would not hesitate to recommend both her and Wollens.”

The specialist Trust department at Wollens are also now helping the teenager with a Personal Injury Trust to preserve his compensation for the future.

Elizabeth Larner said: “Wollens are being contacted by increasing numbers of claimants who have missed diagnoses of orthopaedic injuries such as fractures, often due to scans in A&E being reviewed by junior staff as opposed to radiologists or consultants.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, you can contact Elizabeth Larner for a free initial consultation on 01803 225135 or via email, [email protected].  You can also go to www.wollens.co.uk and complete an online enquiry form. One of the Wollens team will contact you as soon as they are available.