We acted for a delightful man (aged 82) who had been admitted to Salisbury District Hospital during December 2008, following a massive stroke. He was a patient in their stroke ward and was eventually discharged by the hospital in March 2009.
A skin inspection had been undertaken on his admission which clearly showed that he had a red patch on the outer part of his left foot. This had occurred earlier, following his collapse at home. He was assessed by the hospital as high risk in developing pressure ulcers. Notwithstanding this assessment, the red patch on his left foot developed into a Grade 2 pressure ulcer and he also developed a second pressure sore on his ankle. He fully recovered from these injuries by about August 2009.
In our experience, the majority of these type of pressure sore injuries to patients can be avoided with adequate care, especially with patients confined to their bed for any length of time, and we submitted a letter of claim on his behalf to the Hospital Trust. They acknowledged that the care had been inadequate and we were able to agree upon a settlement figure.
S. J. Edney solicitors obtained compensation of £15,00 for this client during 2010
If you or a loved one has suffered pressure sores or any other avoidable injury while in the care of a hospital, nursing or care home please contact us, we are medical negligence specialists who can help you to claim the compensation to which you are entitled. Alternatively you can read more about how we conduct care home negligence claims, or read more of our previous successful elderly care cases.