Archive for July, 2015

Family Compensated for Nursing Home Negligence

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Medical Negligence

A compensation settlement has been paid to the daughter of a woman who died after suffering pressure sores to her leg after receiving a poor standard of care in her nursing home.

Ivy Jones, ninety-eight of Mitcham, Surrey, moved into the Carshalton Nursing Home during November 2012 after she fell several times in her home. Mrs Jones had previously suffered with dry skin on both her legs, but upon moving into the care facility, she developed pressure sores on her calves. These distressed her and caused her immense amounts of pain whilst carrying out acts such as changing the dressings on her legs.

Thos visiting Mrs Jones made complaints to staff at the facility regarding their relative’s poor condition, yet no action was taken and Mrs Jone’s continued to deteriorate. The family then made complaints to Mrs Jones’ social worker, who saw that she be moved to a different care facility in January 2013. Yet Mrs Jones died just a few weeks later.

An investigation was carried out by Sutton Council into the quality of care provided by Carshalton Nursing Home upon receiving complaints from members of Mrs Jones’ family. They found that “the quality of care fell below the acceptable standard”. An embargo was placed on the home until November 2014, after which a new manager was employed and improvements were made to the running of the facility.

The investigation concluded that the staff at the home should have done more to assist Mrs Jones and to prevent the advancement of her condition. Medical attention should have been sought to prevent the development of the pressure sores on Mrs Jones’ legs. Mrs Jones’ daughter, Shirley Dell, sought legal counsel and subsequently made a compensation claim against the home for the lack of care given to her mother. The owners of the home denied liability for the injuries, yet agreed to a settlement of £12,000 out-of-court without admitting liability.

Mrs Dell spoke after the announcement of the settlement; “I just wanted some form of justice for my mum. When they changed her dressings she used to scream in agony. It wasn’t right for her to suffer like she did.”

Nursing Home Settles Claim for an Unacceptable Standard of Care Out of Court

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015 by Medical Negligence

A claim for an unacceptable standard of care has been settled out of court for £12,000 by a nursing home considered responsible for a resident´s suffering.

In November 2012, Ivy Jones (98) from Mitcham in Surrey was moved into the Carshalton Nursing Home after falling several times in her home. At the time of her move, Ivy was suffering with dry skin on both legs; but within weeks pressure sores developed on both calves which caused Ivy to suffer intense pain when her dressings were changed.

Ivy´s family complained to the nursing home staff, who claimed to have escalated their concerns to visiting medical practitioners; but when Ivy´s condition deteriorated further, the family complained to a social worker, who had Ivy moved to alternative accommodation in January 2013. Unfortunately Ivy died the following month.

Ivy´s daughter – Shirley Dell – sought legal advice and made a claim for an unacceptable standard of care against the Carshalton Nursing Home. An investigation was also conducted by Sutton Council, who placed an embargo on the nursing home until November 2014 when a new manager was put in place and the necessary improvements made.

The report from the investigation stated that “the quality of care fell below the acceptable standard”, that more should have been done to prevent Ivy´s pressure sores from developing and to obtain professional medical attention for her. Nonetheless the owners of the facility denied their liability for Ivy´s injuries.

Under pressure from Shirley´s solicitor, the owners of the Carshalton Nursing Home agreed to an out of court £12,000 settlement of the claim for an unacceptable standard of care, but without an admission of liability. The solicitor was later reported as saying; “Mrs Jones was in a lot of discomfort and distress in the last few months of her life which could have been avoided.”

After details of the settlement of the claim for an unacceptable standard of care were reported, Shirley told her local press: “I just wanted some form of justice for my mum. When they changed her dressings she used to scream in agony. It wasn’t right for her to suffer like she did.”

Patient´s Claim for Wrong Site Surgery on Back Settled Out of Court for £259,000

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by Medical Negligence

A patient, who lost the use of his arm due to surgical negligence, has settled his claim for wrong site surgery on his back for £259,000.

Michael Dunn (51) – a former officer with the Greater Manchester Police – underwent back surgery in 2011 at the Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester to repair two discs in his back that were causing him to suffer severe neck pain that was extending down his right arm and into his hand.

After waking from the operation, Michael from Droylsden in Greater Manchester complained to his consultant that he had no feeling in the arm at all. He was assured by the consultant that the lack of sensation was only temporary and that the use of his arm would return to normal in a few days.

However, Michael only regained minimal use of his right arm and, after being forced to give up his job as a traffic support officer, he sought legal advice from a solicitor. An investigation was launched into Michael´s treatment, from which it was discovered that surgeons had operated on the wrong discs.

In addition to operating on the wrong discs in his back, it was also found that Michael had sustained damage to a nerve root during the surgery. Because it is unlikely that he will ever regain full use of his arm, Michael made a compensation claim for wrong site surgery on his back against the hospital.

The Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust admitted liability for Michael´s injury, and an out-of-court settlement of the claim for wrong site surgery on his back was negotiated amounting to £259,000. Speaking after the settlement of his claim had been announced, Michael said:

“This has completely changed my life. I had planned to stay with Greater Manchester Police until I retire, but this has taken it away. I wish I had never had the surgery. I was led to believe it was a straightforward operation, so I wasn´t expecting any complications.”

Dr Peter Turkington –the Salford Royal Hospital´s Medical Director – commented: “Once again, we would like to offer our sincere apologies to Mr Dunn for the standard he received at Salford Royal. When an incident occurs, it is always Salford Royal´s practise to apologise, thoroughly investigate it and ensure that we openly share the findings of this investigation with the patient concerned.”