Hand and wrist surgery

Freedom of information request details

FOI request date:

Service: Claims Management Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery

The following information was requested:

Utilising the CNST speciality codes; ‘Orthopaedic Surgery’ and ‘Plastic Surgery’ please provide the following data for all closed (or active PPO claims) from 2010 to 2020 (classified by year of resolution)

• Date of Incident
• Cause code
• Injury code
• Incident Location
• Value of Legal Costs
• Year of closure/ settlement year for PPOs
• Whether the claim was successful
• Incident description for each claim (as documented in the incident description field)
• Total Damages Awarded (including paid and outstanding damages)

The purpose of this request is to document the hand and wrist pathologies most likely to lead to successful claims. This data will be fed into projects aimed at improving clinical practice and patient safety in hand and wrist surgery moving forward.

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