Poor hospital care leads to pressure sores and loss of independence - £175,000
After collapsing at home Tony was taken to hospital and due to poor care developed a grade 2 pressure sore. This lead to him developing sepsis, having to spend weeks in intensive care and the worsening of his existing mobility problems causing loss of independence and his job. The specialist medical negligence team at Hospital Negligence secured Tony £175,000 in compensation to help him to cope.
A type 2 diabetic, Tony had always managed his condition well and lived an independent life and worked in a supermarket. Although he lived alone he had a friend who called every day and neighbours who were on hand to help if he needed it.
When Tony collapsed at home he was found by his friend who had come to visit and he was taken to hospital where he spent the next two weeks. Tony was diagnosed with diabetic hyperglycaemia, where his blood sugars become extremely high. Initially Tony was bed-bound for a number of days but hospital staff failed to adequately assess his risk of developing pressure sores and did not take any preventative measures despite the fact that there were several significant red flags.
Ten days after his admission to hospital an examination revealed that Tony had a large grade 2 pressure sore. This had occurred due to a lack of basic care by hospital staff.
Hospital staff also did not communicate the need for prompt visits to attend to Tony’s pressure sore to the district nursing team. As a result, Tony’s pressure sore deteriorated and became septic. Tony collapsed in his toilet before he was found by his friend who called an ambulance. Tony spent 12 weeks in intensive care while the infection was brought under control.
Unfortunately, as well suffering a terrible ordeal, Tony was left with ongoing problems. These include a deterioration of his diabetic neuropathy, which causes loss of sensation in his lower limbs, and led to him falling and breaking his hip. He requires considerable care and assistance independence and was unable to return to work. He also suffered scarring at the site of the pressure sore and is at increased risk of developing future sores.
Successful medical negligence claim
Tony suffered terribly due to the hospital’s negligence and as well as losing his job found that he was unable to continue to live in his current flat due to the amount of equipment he requires. Tony contacted the team at Hospital Negligence for help in challenging the failures of the hospital. After our intervention the hospital agreed to pay Tony £175,000 in compensation to enable him to cope with the financial fall-out of his injuries.