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£25,000 awarded for negligent nursing care

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    Naomi Todd, Associate in the Clinical Negligence Team, acted for Mr H in relation to his medical negligence claim for a pressure sore to his sacrum due to negligent nursing care. Mr H was admitted to hospital for thoracic surgery. …

    By Robert Wells

Naomi Todd, Associate in the Clinical Negligence Team, acted for Mr H in relation to his medical negligence claim for a pressure sore to his sacrum due to negligent nursing care.

Mr H was admitted to hospital for thoracic surgery. Following the operation there was a failure by the nursing staff to assess his risk of developing pressure sores and they also failed to regularly relieve his pressure areas to reduce the risk of pressure area damage, and failed to give him a special pressure relieving mattress.

As a result of the hospital’s failings Mr H developed a painful pressure sore on his sacrum. This prolonged his recovery time from the original operation and he was unable to mobilise and participate in physiotherapy due to the sores. Mr H suffered prolonged pain and suffering while the sore healed and he also suffered depression and attended counselling.

Mr H received compensation of £25,000 for his pain and suffering and the care he required from his wife.

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