Inquest To Begin Into The Death Of Mother-Of-Two Following Knee Surgery

Medical Negligence Lawyers Instructed To Investigate


An inquest to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a mother-of-two following treatment at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital will take place on Wednesday 1 April 2015.

Judith Parker, from Shirley, in the West Midlands, was admitted as an inpatient at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in October 2014 for a knee replacement operation.

The 67-year-old’s health deteriorated after the operation and she was taken to the High Dependency Unit. Judith’s health did not improve and she had to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and put into a coma. Sadly, Judith passed away on 29 October 2014.

An interim death certificate recorded the cause of death as ‘multi organ failure, pneumonia and pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) and recent total knee replacement’.

The inquest will take place at Birmingham Coroner’s Court with HM Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Mrs Louise Hunt. Judith’s family, including husband Brian will be attending and are being represented by medical negligence experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Mark Cawley, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for Judith’s family and they are struggling to come to terms with their loss.

“They hope that the inquest on Wednesday 1 April 2015 will provide answers to the many questions they have about the circumstances leading to her death in October last year.”