Pressure sore negligence

 

Five of the most common claims that we see against GPs

In a career spanning approximately 40 years, a GP can expect several claims of negligence to be made against them. In 2016 the Medical Protection Society (a medical defence organisation) examined their claims data and identified five errors which result in...

60 seconds with a medical negligence lawyer

Over the following year we will be sharing a series of question and answer articles about our day-to-day lives in the medical negligence team. This week, it’s Rachel Makore's turn, a solicitor in the team. Rachel qualified in April 2016 and...

£300,000 compensation sought for pressure sore which led to bone disintegration

During a series of hospital stays in 2008 and 2009, Christine Reaney developed a  pressure sore  at the base of her spine. Christine had been in hospital at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Cannock Chase Hospital and Stafford Hospital...

Treatment of pressure sores - a postcode lottery

APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) has recently reported on the best and worst performing Trusts in Britain in relation to  pressure sores .  Pressure sores  are caused when the skin and underlying tissue breaks down, when...

Serious prescription errors in one in twenty prescriptions

Last year a review by the General Medical Council,  based on 1,200 patients, showed that  mistakes were being made as often as in one in twenty prescriptions , but that serious complications were more rare.  The GMC found high error rates in...

Mother awarded £30,000 compensation after developing pressure sores post-birth

In 2010 a 34 year old woman was admitted to hospital to deliver her first child. Following the delivery she was transferred to the maternity ward. She demonstrated signs of being at risk of developing  pressure ulcers/sores . She was seen by various...

Hospital fails to prevent and treat pressure sores

On 4 April 2011, a man was admitted to hospital for removal of his urethra, prostate and bladder in order to treat his bladder cancer. He was also a type 2 diabetic with chronic kidney disease. On his admission, a risk assessment was carried out and his...

Pensioner dies after pressure sores in lower leg amputation

A 79 year old former toolmaker died at the North Devon Hospital in Barnstaple in August 2010, after being admitted for a hip operation in May of the same year. After the operation, the patient’s doctor went on holiday, and it was only on his return...

Compensation awarded for Grade 4 pressure sore

On 10 June 2009 Mr X was admitted to hospital with a suspected hematoma in his left groin. Despite the fact that he was quite elderly and had a longstanding and complex vascular medical history, no assessment was carried out as to the likelihood of him...

Retired teacher dies after suffering from a bed sore

Retired teacher Eileen Cliggett, 79, went home from hospital with a  pressure sore , after being in hospital for a week. She was subsequently readmitted a month later, when the sore became severely infected. She died a few days later. The...
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