This claim was made by JD, the wife of her deceased husband (BD) relating to a fall he had in hospital. He was admitted to hospital on 13th August 2014 with a suspected Gastrointestinal bleed. BD had a history of pancreatitis, artrial fibrillation, diabetes and cataracts. He also had a history of multiple falls following a brain-stem stroke two and a half years prior to the incident.
A falls risk assessment, nursing risk assessment were not completed and multi-disciplinary assessment was incomplete.
On 14th August 2014 BD suffered a fall whilst left unsupervised in a toilet and sustained a displaced intracapsular hip fracture. BD underwent surgery following which he suffered an infection.
BD suffered a further fall on 19th September 2014 after nursing staff failed to raise the cot sides on his hospital bed. He was unable to return home and was discharged to a nursing home. BD’s mobility didn’t improve and he passed away on 14th April 2015.
The Defendants liability was admitted and they made a Part 36 offer (meaning that the case did not have to go to court) of £35,000 which was accepted.