The death of a man who had originally gone into hospital for a check-up regarding a chest condition has resulted in compensation being paid to the daughter of the deceased. Ruth Johnson’s father’s death occurred after he suffered two falls in hospital. The falls led to him suffering from a fractured hip and also a broken wrist.
Matthew Hunter went into hospital on the direction of his GP back in December 2009. He stayed in over the Christmas period but his daughter Ruth noticed on a visit on Boxing Day that he had got worse since going into hospital. Mr Hunter required surgery to get rid of the fluid that had collected on his lungs – the condition he had been taken into hospital for in the first place. However the injuries he suffered as a consequence of the two falls meant he was no longer fit enough to have the surgery. He died on 11th January 2010.
His stay in North Tyneside General Hospital resulted in his daughter launching a legal battle for compensation. Ruth has finally won thousands in compensation, plus an apology from the foundation trust responsible for that hospital. A spokesperson has indicated they have started a new campaign to help prevent as many falls as possible across their hospitals.
It is right to expect an excellent standard of care from your local hospital
In most cases people do receive this standard of care – a standard that it is absolutely right to expect and receive. However there is always the potential that things can go wrong and someone can end up receiving sub-standard care. If this should happen to an individual, they may become ill or even injured as a consequence, as we can see in this particular case. No one wants to see anyone suffer in this way, whatever they required treatment for in the first place.
Do you feel you have a potential case for compensation to be answered?
If you do, you should speak to a professional injury compensation lawyer today at Accident Advice Helpline. We don’t just deal with legal cases involving accidents: we also deal with medical negligence cases. Our 24/7 enquiry line is free and it means you can get in contact with us whenever it suits you to do so. With our help and professional expertise you may find you can launch a no win, no fee* case to determine whether you can get compensation.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown