Former footballer Roger Johnson loses high court claim over knee surgery

Johnson accused surgeon of causing ‘large defect’ in left kneeJudge ruled there was not enough evidence to prove his caseFormer footballer Roger Johnson has lost a high court damages claim against an experienced knee specialist over an alleged “surgical error”. Johnson, who played in the Premier League for Birmingham and Wolves, brought a clinical negligence claim against Andrew Williams, accusing the surgeon of causing a “large defect” during an operation on his left knee in March 2017.Now pursuing a career in coaching, Johnson claimed that following the procedure he suffered continued swelling and pain and did not fully recover. He alleged that Williams – a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who has worked with Premier League clubs and Premiership rugby teams – was “negligent” by damaging his medial retinaculum, a protective fibrous capsule in the knee.

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