Tim, who had Parkinson’s disease, spent months suffering from bedsores and infections acquired in Worcestershire Royal Hospital, with his health deteriorating until he contracted sepsis because of an ulcer which had not been treated properly. He was eventually transferred to a nursing home where his ulcer improved due to excellent care.
His wife, Caroline, came to hospital infections claims specialist Sophie Keatley at Medical Accident Group to help her to find out more about her husband’s care in the hospital. Sophie’s investigation revealed that warning signs about Tim’s vulnerability to sores were not heeded, and Caroline received a settlement of £20,000.
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Understanding Caroline’s Claim
Tim went into hospital with a broken hip, which was operated on. He was able to move around and had no broken skin, but it was noted that he was at very high risk of pressure sores (bed sores). He suffered from a urinary tract infection after surgery and was given antibiotics. He was later treated for pneumonia and was very dehydrated.
Unfortunately, he suffered from pressure sores ten days after being admitted, and his health deteriorated. He was confused and drowsy and was put back onto antibiotics again, to treat an infection. His sores continued and got worse and he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis.
Tim’s health continued to decline and eventually, four months after he was admitted, he was transferred to a nursing home, where his ulcer, and his general health, improved. He was, by then, in the end stages of Parkinson’s disease and died six months later.
Medical Negligence Specialist, Sophie Keatley Explains:
“The hospital knew that Tim had a high risk of developing sores, and yet they allowed them to develop within about a week of his operation.
“Although they did not contribute to his death the following year, they did cause him considerable pain and suffering for several months, which could have been prevented with the kind of care he received at the nursing home. He was in a very vulnerable position and deserved much better care than he received in the hospital.
“We were able to secure compensation for Tim’s widow, Caroline, as a result of the reduction in quality of life Tim and his family had, over his final few months.”
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