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Medical Negligence Case Resulting in Bedsores Could Result in Seven-Figure Settlement

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by Medical Negligence

London’s High Court could determine that a settlement of millions of pounds be paid out to a victim who sustained serious bedsores due to medical negligence.

When Christine Reaney, aged sixty-one, developed a severe and rare condition affecting her spinal cord – myelitis – it left her paralysed from the chest down. Mrs Reaney had to undergo long periods of treatment from many hospitals around Staffordshire for her condition, including the Stafford Hospital, the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and the Cannock Chase Hospital, between December 2008 and October 2009.

During the period of her treatment, Mrs Reaney developed immensely painful bedsores. These were first noticed in January 2009, though they received no medical attention. The bedsores progressed in their severity and caused Mrs Reaney to develop a bone marrow infection, painful leg muscles and a dislocated hip.

Mrs Reaney sought legal counsel for the medical negligence resulting in bedsores, and subsequently made a claim against the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust. These two trusts are responsible for the management of the three aforementioned hospitals where Mrs Reaney received treatment.

In her claim, Mrs Reaney argued that the medical staff that attended her at each of the hospitals neglected to act appropriately when the bedsores were first identified that January, and that the conditions she developed as a result were because of the substandard care she received.

The two NHS Trusts admitted liability for the negligence, yet the parties could not reach an agreement as to how much compensation Mrs Reaney is entitled to for the bedsores.

The case proceeded to London’s High Court, where is was presided over by Mr Justice Foskett. Judge Foskett heard that Mrs Reaney would require between £2 million and £3 million to pay for her future care needs, as she is predicted to live into her eighties in spite of her severe condition.

The case has since been adjourned such that an assessment of needs can be carried out.