Former soccer player Roger Johnson loses High Court claim in knee surgery | Soccer

Former soccer player Roger Johnson has lost a large claim against an experienced knee specialist on suspicion of a “surgical error.” Johnson, who played in the Premier League of Birmingham and the Wolf, filed a clinical negligence complaint with Andrew Williams, accusing the surgeon of causing a “major defect” during surgery on his left knee in March 2017.

Johnson, who is currently pursuing a coaching career, claimed that after the procedure he suffered from continuous swelling and pain and did not fully recover. He claimed that Williams, an orthopedic consultant who had worked with Premier League clubs and Premiership rugby teams, was “lazy” by damaging the medial retina, a protective fiber capsule for the knee.

However, in a ruling released Tuesday, Judge Jeremy Hyam said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Johnson’s knee defect was caused by a surgeon. The judge said: 2017 in the process of synovectomy. “

Williams denied the cause of the rupture and argued that other factors could have contributed to Johnson’s condition, including infections and players’ failure to follow medical advice. Surgeons and former soccer players attended a trial in May at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Johnson’s leading Satinder Hung Jiang QC wrote in writing that a former athlete suffered a knee meniscus injury on January 27, 2017, during a training session at Charlton Athletic.

According to a barrister, Williams performed the surgery four days after being advised that the tear surgery would “fit perfectly within 16 weeks.” However, by late February, Johnson, who had more than 600 appearances during his career, was experiencing swelling and sharp pain throughout his knees.

He was later told that his knee was infected and had emergency surgery on March 17, Hunjan said. A laceration of the medial retina was later diagnosed by an MRI scan on April 11 at the Fortius Clinic in London, where Williams is treating.

Hung Jiang claimed that Johnson intended to perform “relatively simple” surgery in March, but no infection was found and “a major defect remained in his inner retina, followed by serious problems, recovery and elite. Substantial uncertainty remained in the ability to return to. Soccer-in fact, he never recovered after surgery. “

“In this case, a surgical error occurred, but unfortunately it had serious consequences for the plaintiff. [Johnson]”Despite long-term rehabilitation, the complainant tried to return to training in September 2017, but at a high level due to continued swelling and pain from the injury that occurred during the surgery. I couldn’t continue playing at, “Hunjan said.

He said Johnson was not only “unable to continue his career as a professional soccer player and tried to pursue a career in soccer coaching”, but also “a limited career to undertake media-related work”. Added.

QC, on behalf of Williams, claimed in writing that “there is no evidence of a balance of probabilities that supports a significant flaw that exists during or shortly after the March 17 procedure.”

She added: [Williams’] The main case was that he was healed by the beginning of July if the court found that he had no fault on his side and caused tears on March 17, as diagnosed on April 11. That is. Given the claimant’s age / career stage and the orthopedic expert’s agreement on knee osteoarthritis ending his career, the claimant’s career was unaffected. “

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