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Wrong Mattress In Hospital Leads To Pressure Sores

Irwin Mitchell has assisted the family of Mrs Jones (not her real name) in obtaining compensation after she developed a pressure sore on her heel.

Mrs Jones was admitted to Hospital by ambulance following a fall whilst out shopping. Mrs Jones had fractured her hip and underwent surgery to repair it, following which she was on bed rest.

Although Mrs Jones was supposed to be given a pressure reducing mattress whilst she was in hospital she was never given the correct mattress and unfortunately developed a grade 2 pressure sore on her heel.

As a result of developing a pressure sore Mrs Jones was unable to weight bear on her heel which meant that she was not able to fully engage with physiotherapy following her hip surgery in order to mobilise and as a result Mrs Jones had an lengthy hospital admission of approximately 3 months.

Following her discharged Mrs Jones continued to suffer pain from the pressure sore on her heel and found it very difficult to walk.

Although she had previously been very independent after her discharge from hospital Mrs Jones required assistance from carers who visited her four times a day and provided help with washing and dressing and cooking, cleaning and shopping. Sadly Mrs Jones died from leukaemia just under two years after she developed the pressure sore.

Mrs Jones pursued a claim against the hospital with the assistance of Jemma Cahan and Mrs Jones’ daughter pursued the claim on behalf of Mrs Jones’ estate after her death.

The Hospital admitted that there were failures in the care provided to Mrs Jones and in particular that she should have had a pressure reducing mattress. The Hospital admitted liability and we were able to recover £15,000 in compensation for the pain and suffering that Mrs Jones experienced.

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