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Bereaved Husband to Make Claim for Delay in Diagnosing Brain Haemorrhage

Posted on: January 27th, 2014 by Medical Negligence

A bereaved husband has taken legal advice about making a claim for the delay in diagnosing a brain haemorrhage which he believes was responsible for the death of his wife.

On 27th November 2013, Joy Saunders (76) from Ipswich in Suffolk was admitted to the Bluebird Lodge Community Health Centre in Ipswich to receive specialist physiotherapy treatment after suffering a stroke while on holiday in Spain.

Joy´s husband – David – requested that nursing staff erect bed rails alongside her bed as he was worried she might fall out of bed due to her distressed state. However, David received a telephone call the next morning to say that Joy had been discovered on the floor alongside the bed, but nobody was aware of how her accident happened, or how long she had been lying on the floor.

When David visited Joy that morning, he raised concerns about the severe facial bruising that had developed as a result of her fall and the fact that her speech was incoherent. However, doctors at the Community Centre failed to conduct a scan to assess the extent of Joy´s injuries for two days – after which she was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage.

Due to her injuries, Joy required twenty-four hours a day care, and – as the Bluebird Lodge Community Centre was not equipped to provide the care she needed – Joy was moved to a hospice in December, where she died as a result of her injuries.

David Saunders has now taken legal advice to make a compensation claim for the delay in diagnosing the brain haemorrhage, which he believes was directly responsible for Joy´s death. He alleges that Joy´s death was the result of her preventable fall from the Community Centre´s bed, and that there was an unacceptable delay in the examination of her injuries.

The claim for a delay in diagnosing a brain haemorrhage is being made against the security company Serco – which has a contract with the NHS to operate community healthcare services in Suffolk.