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Outer Temple Chambers is very highly regarded for its long-standing specialist expertise in bringing or defending spinal injury claims and its members are regularly instructed by the top-ranked Claimant and Defendant solicitors firms specialising in the field.
The circumstances which can give rise to such claims extend right across the healthcare service, sadly often resulting in catastrophic injuries including paralysis or even death. The compensation awards are typically substantial and members of Chambers are totally committed to obtaining the best results for their clients.
Claims which members of Chambers are regularly concerned with include cases of delayed or missed diagnosis of medical conditions (for example cauda equina syndrome or spinal epidural abscess); failure to obtain informed consent for surgery or treatment; and inadequately performed surgery resulting in spinal cord damage, whether due to failings in pre-operative imaging, surgical error or insufficient intra-operative monitoring.
The vast majority of cases are resolved without the need to proceed to trial, typically at settlement meetings. Some recent examples of spinal injury settlements resolved by members of Chambers are:
SS v Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for the Claimant in a case of delayed diagnosis of spinal infection due to failings on the part of a physiotherapist. Settled for £3m. 
AD v University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for a Claimant in a case of delayed diagnosis of pseudomeningocele following 4 level spinal surgery. Settled for £3m. 
AK v East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for a Claimant in a claim concerning the delayed diagnosis of spinal abscess resulting in incomplete paraplegia. Settled for £2m. 
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