Is it possible to claim compensation for hospital patient with pressure ulcers for my mother who died after developing pressure ulcers that got severely infected and caused her to get septicaemia?
It should be possible to claim compensation for hospital patient with pressure ulcers. Pressure sores are entirely preventable, and even when they do end up developing there are many possible treatments for them. The hospital staff should have been aware if your mother was prone to developing them and should have implemented any means of prevention. If they did so and they developed nonetheless, there are still a variety of ways to treat pressure ulcers. The fact that they resulted in your mother’s death suggests a demonstration of negligence with regards to her pressure ulcers developed in hospital.
A parent’s death is never easy, especially when the circumstances were likely preventable, such as in your mother’s case. Making a claim for pressure ulcers in hospital may not alleviate your grief but it is always helpful to be aware of your options, so you should try to contact a personal injury claims solicitor with experience in such claims at the first possible moment. They will be able to provide you with more specific information, based on your account of events and the evidence available, than I will be able to here.
It may be possible to claim for a number of factors when claiming compensation for hospital patient with pressure ulcers, depending on the circumstances of your mother’s death. For instance, if your mother suffered from septicaemia due to these pressure ulcers developed in hospital for a significant period of time before her death, the pain and suffering she endured may be taken into account. It may also be possible for any children she may have had that are under 18 to obtain dependency claim if your mother was a source of income in the family home. Their reliance upon her would have to be established and only a certain percentage of her earnings would be accounted for as it would be assumed that she used some of it for personal use.
Making a bereavement claim against the NHS or private hospital that was responsible for your mother’s pressure ulcers should be possible. Such a claim is separate to the aspects of compensation claim that were mentioned above. The Fatal Accidents Act established in 1976 allows for people to claim for a relative who may have died as a result of medical negligence. It awards a set amount of £11,800 and limits the length of time you will have to claim for pressure ulcers in hospital that resulted in your mother’s death from pressure ulcers to three years. This limit usually begins on the date that the death has occurred.
This is general advice regarding claiming compensation for a hospital patient with pressure ulcers for the death of your mother. A claims solicitor with knowledge of the circumstances of your mother’s pressure ulcers and subsequent death will be able to provide much more help and relevant advice, so it is in your best interest to contact one at the first possible moment.