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Pressure Sores compensation claim

Bridge McFarland LLP won £70,000 for a client who suffered a pressure sore on his lower back following surgery for an appendectomy. The Claimant was left with a permanent ‘crater’ like defect which caused him tremendous discomfort when sitting and affected his ability to do his job as a taxi driver.

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In this case the Claimant developed a pressure sore following an appendectomy.  The Claimant’s risk of developing a pressure sore was not reassessed following his operation and, as a result, no preventative measures were put in place and he developed a pressure sore to the sacrum (lower back).  This was, unfortunately, allowed to progress to a Grade 3 pressure sore which, owing to its extent, necessitated the Claimant to undergo further surgical procedures in order to aid the sore to heal.  The Claimant was left with a permanent ‘crater’ like defect to the sacrum.  Which caused him tremendous discomfort when sitting and affected his ability to do his job as a taxi driver.  The Defendant trust did not admit that their treatment was negligent and so court proceedings were issued.  Following exchange of medical evidence settlement negotiations commenced and damages were agreed in the sum of £70,000.

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What is medical negligence?
Medical Negligence is when a medical practitioner such as a doctor, nurse, midwife, dentist or an institutional health provider breaches his or its duty of care to you and you are injured as a result of that breach.
How can I find out if medical treatment was negligent?
During the investigations of your clinical negligence claim we will be required to obtain disclosure of all relevant medical records - both hospital and GP - in the manner set out in the pre-action protocols. Once all of the relevant medical records have been received they will be considered on a preliminary basis. They will then be sent to an independent expert nurse who will index and paginate the records to ensure that they are in some semblance of order.
Can my doctor/hospital stop treating me if I bring a claim against them?
It is entirely at the discretion of you and your treating clinician. Should you or your treating clinician consider that your doctor-patient relationship has broken down that treating clinician may consider that they can no longer treat you in a professional manner. However, if you have a complaint against your treating clinician it may not be wise to continue treatment from them in any event.

 

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