An active pensioner has won pressure sores compensation after her condition worsened during stays at Stafford Hospital, Cannock Chase Hospital and North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary. Although Christine Reaney developed the condition at home and was left paralysed initially, she developed deep pressure sores in hospital which infected her bone marrow and resulted in a hip dislocation. The NHS has since admitted liability for their failures and it is thought her award could be between £2 million and £3 million. The patient was admitted to hospital on several occasions over the course of 11 months and signs of pressure sores were spotted three weeks after her first admission.
However, no measures were taken to prevent them from worsening and they further prevented Mrs Reaney from leading an active life. The NHS has been ordered to pay out compensation but have disputed the amount. However, solicitors for Mrs Reaney have stated that she will need a larger home, adapted to suit her new needs, and she will need round the clock care to help cope with her condition. Mrs Reaney is also expected to live almost into her 80s which also affects the amount paid. The NHS have apologised to the patient for their misgivings.
Medical negligence claims
A condition caused by a failure to diagnose an illness can be due to medical negligence if there were no appropriate measures taken to test for and examine for the illness. In this case of pressure sores compensation, the patient had a condition which worsened due to a failure on doctors’ part to make regular checks on the patient and a failure to provide care to ensure that the condition did not spread. Should your condition have been allowed to get worse, or your medical professional did not appropriately treat the illness, you may also be entitled to compensation. If you need help with this, call our team at Accident Advice Helpline.
Contacting our team
At Accident Advice Helpline, we work with a team of solicitors from around the UK who can help with your compensation needs. If you have suffered as a result of medical negligence and you wish to pursue compensation, we can choose the appropriate solicitor for you who will take you step by step through the process of gathering evidence and making your claim. We also ensure that your current finances are protected by offering a no win, no fee* policy so you won’t have to pay anything upfront for our advice and guidance.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown