Elderly lady dies in hospital and family claims compensation

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08 July, 2009

The family of an 82-year-old lady received £6,000 in compensation following negligent treatment given to her by a hospital.

In January 2007 she attended hospital for her leg ulcers to be treated. In order for the ulcers to be treated she would require a leg wash. However, instead of the leg wash (potassium permanganate) being applied to her legs, the nurse negligently directed the patient to drink the substance.

The inquest recorded a verdict of natural causes, aggravated by neglect.

Following the Claimant's death her family brought a claim against the NHS Trust for negligent treatment. They claimed that had the substance been applied correctly, and not in the negligent way that it was administered i.e. orally, then the Claimant would not have died. Their case succeeded on those grounds and the Trust settled on an Out of Court basis.

Over the years, Forbes' specialised Clinical Negligence department has handled a number of cases where people have been successful in recovering damages for negligent treatment received by a hospital.

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