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Irwin Mitchell’s medical law and patients’ rights team has secured a five figure sum for a client with dementia who was injured as a result of poor care.
Our client, George, had been unsteady on his legs for the past couple of years. He would trip up and was unable to get up independently from a fall.
While he was in hospital in April 2008, George’s family was told that he was suffering from the early stages of dementia and that his condition was going to worsen.
George was assessed as not being fit to be discharged home. He was instead sent from the hospital to a bed at a residential care home, where arrangements had been made for him to stay for around six weeks to undergo a variety of assessments.
During his first 24 hours at the home, George suffered two falls. The first fall, out of bed, resulted in a head injury. The second fall, from a chair in the day room, resulted in a serious fracture to his right shoulder that required surgery.
George lacked mental capacity because of his dementia, so his son approached Anna Stacey, a medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell, to investigate a claim on his behalf. We alleged that the care home failed to appropriately consider George’s sensitive care needs, and that there was a failure to carry out a risk assessment when he was admitted. We also alleged that the care home had failed to take any steps to minimise the risk of George falling and sustaining injury.
Anna successfully recovered a five figure settlement in compensation for George.
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