A woman who was admitted to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for treatment for necrotizing fasciitis later died – and it has been suggested that her death could have been as a result of septicaemia potentially caused by a dirty catheter tube.
Claire Alnutt was 28-years old and she went through a number of operations during her two-month stay in the hospital. She was at the stage where plans were being made for her eventual discharge from the hospital. Her parents have said they overheard a nurse say a catheter tube used during treatment was dirty. Furthermore it was claimed no steps were taken to rectify this. Two days afterwards Claire stopped breathing. She then suffered no fewer than five heart attacks and the following morning she died.
The cause of death turned out to be septicaemia. An inquest has been arranged for 15th October this year and solicitors representing Claire’s parents are waiting for the outcome of the inquest to determine whether a medical negligence claim could be undertaken. It is possible the series of events were caused by dirty hospital equipment following the treatment given at the hospital.
Could you make a claim for compensation for medical negligence?
We expect our medical professionals to provide a professional, safe service whenever we are required to have medical treatment of any kind. When the standards fall short of what we expect there is a chance of compensation. It depends on each situation of course, since there must be clear evidence of negligence to warrant a compensation claim being made. This holds true whether it is for dirty hospital equipment that leads to illness or even death, or other circumstances. A professional injury compensation lawyer can provide more advice.
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Source: Luton Today
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown