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Compensation Claim for Wrongful Death Settled for Undisclosed Sum

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Medical Negligence

The family of a woman who died because of a hospital failure to adequately measure her oxygen levels have settled their compensation claim for an undisclosed figure.

Hilda Seagrave, aged seventy-four of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, was admitted to the New Cross Hospital on the 25th June 2011 after falling in her home. Already suffering from a clotting disorder in her lungs and as such receiving oxygen therapy, was diagnosed with a spinal injury upon admittance to the hospital.

Mrs Seagrave was connected to an oxygen cylinder overnight. However, this did not provide an endless supply of oxygen and the gas ran out at around six o’clock in the morning. As a result, Mrs Seagrave died from a cardiorespiratory arrest.

An inquest was launched into the circumstances of Mrs Seagrave’s death, where it was uncovered that she received an inadequate level of care from the hospital staff. Mrs Seagrave’s family subsequently made a claim against the hospital for wrongful death due to their failure in measuring oxygen levels.

The family’s solicitor conducted their own investigation, and discovered that, in light of her existing condition, Mrs Seagrave should have been allocated a high-dependency ward. Additionally, she should have been monitored hourly and connected to a continuous supply of oxygen.

However, the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust deny liability for Mrs Seagrave’s death, despite evidence against them. Even so, the claim never made it to court, having been settled through out-of-court negotiations for an undisclosed figure.

Mrs Seagrave’s daughter, Sue, has said since that: “We trusted that staff caring for our mother whilst she was in hospital would give her the very best quality of care available and to discover after she had passed away that her oxygen supply had run out during the night and not replaced is simply unacceptable”.

“We are disappointed that the Trust has not accepted responsibility formally for what happened to our mother – I hope that after what happened to my mother, all staff at the hospital receive all the training they need to ensure that these mistakes can never happen again.”