Pressure sore injury claim: £25,000 paid to victim’s family
Medical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne has negotiated a £25,000 settlement for a woman who sadly lost her husband due to a series of medical mistakes. The case particularly highlights the vulnerability of patients with spinal cord injuries to develop pressure sores.
Background to the case
Our client’s late husband, MW, underwent an Endovascular Aortic Repair for an aortic aneurism back in 2010. Seven years later an ultrasound found that his aorta had grown, so he underwent further surgery. When he was taken into recovery it was noted that his lower limbs had no strength. A scan subsequently revealed that MW had an acute haematoma in the spinal canal, which was compressing the cord and causing cord signal change.
Pressure sore injury
He therefore underwent a thoracic decompression. Unfortunately following the operation, he was unable to move his legs independently and was unable to move without assistance. He was assessed as being at risk of pressure sores, and that he needed to be moved every two hours for pressure relief. Nevertheless, two days later it was noticed that he had developed a category 1 pressure sore on his left buttock. Over time, the pressure sore developed into a grade 4 sore.
Infection of the pressure sore
A month after MW’s discharge, his wife called for an ambulance, as her husband was in considerable pain. Despite regular dressings the pressure sore had become infected. Five days later MW passed away due to multi-organ failure and community acquired pneumonia. The multi-organ failure was said to be due to sepsis resulting from the pressure sore.
Resolution of the pressure sore injury claim
Oliver dealt with the pressure sore injury claim under a no win – no fee agreement. Following an investigation involving a spinal surgeon and an anaesthetist, Oliver was able to present a very strong case, resulting in an out of court settlement of the claim being reached.
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