An 86-year-old woman who died from hospital blood poisoning was the victim of ‘a series of medical blunders.’ Irene Floyer was admitted to Northampton General Hospital for a hip replacement operation in 2011, but contracted an MRSA infection following her surgery. However, she wasn’t taken back to theatre to have her wound cleaned and infected tissue removed for a further 10 days. She died a week later at the hospital; blood poisoning was the cause.
Now her family have received almost £10,000 in compensation from the hospital as well as an apology. A spokesman from Northampton General Hospital said, “We are very sorry for the failings identified in Mrs Floyer’s care, and we express our sincere condolences to her family for their sad loss. We fully accept that the care we provided to Mrs Floyer in 2011 was not the best possible care that we aim to provide to all our patients.”
Since 2011, the hospital has taken action to improve the safety and quality of its patient care. If you or someone you love have been the victim of medical negligence or contracted an infection in hospital, you may be able to claim compensation, and there’s usually a three year time limit in place to do so.
What constitutes medical negligence?
In the case above, medical negligence led to the death of Mrs Floyer, after a delay in treating her infection caused blood poisoning. Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or delayed treatment could all be classed as medical negligence – perhaps even the contraction of an infection such as MRSA, if it can be proven that proper hygiene procedures were not followed. In order to claim compensation for medical negligence, you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer; one you can trust.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown