A man has received compensation from the Royal United Hospital in Bath after suffering permanent disabilities as a result of an early discharge. Compensation was paid as a result of Mr Anthony Slee’s condition, which deteriorated quickly following a diagnosis of gout and the original release from hospital.
His wife repeatedly called for advice and help and eventually Mr Slee was re-admitted. He was in a critical condition in intensive care over a three-week period and underwent several operations, including one lasting nine-and-a-half hours. A spokesman for the Royal United Hospital has since apologised for the situation and the ensuing care Mr Slee needed following his deterioration. The early discharge compensation amounted to a six-figure sum. Mr Slee is now limited in his mobility and has to use a walking stick. He also has trouble with many other tasks and has diuretic medication as his kidney function is not 100%.
His wife pointed out that his leg now has to be supported in front of him when he sits down, owing to the limited mobility. This means he cannot enjoy all the activities he used to do, as there are some things he cannot manage.
Exploring the options for early discharge compensation
When you go into hospital you assume you will not be discharged until you are ready and well enough to go home. For the most part this is exactly what happens. Individual decisions are made in a professional capacity to ensure you are cared for until you are able to go home safely. If you think you may have been sent home early and experienced problems as a result of this, you may be entitled to claim compensation. If you believe this to be the case it is best to find out more from a lawyer.
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Going it alone in this situation isn’t the best option. Here at AAH we provide no-obligation advice to people in this kind of situation all the time. Contact us now on our free 24/7 enquiry line or consider taking our fast 30-second online test to see where you stand. Medical negligence extends to the potential to be discharged before you are well enough to leave hospital. By taking professional advice from our team you can see whether a no win, no fee** case could be brought in your situation.
Source: Telegraph & Argus
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown