The value of a successful claim for bed sores compensation is still to be determined after the judge presiding over the case allowed more time for calculations to be completed.
In 2008, sixty-one years old Christine Reaney from Burntwood in Staffordshire developed myelitis – a rare spinal cord condition which paralysed Christine from the chest down. Subsequently she underwent long spells of treatment at three Staffordshire hospitals – the Cannock Chase Hospital, the Stafford Hospital and the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary.
During extended stays in the three hospitals between December 2008 and October 2009, Christine developed severe bed sores. Despite being first identified in January 2009, the bed sores developed into a serious condition which caused Christine to sustain a bone marrow infection and damage to her leg muscle tissues which caused a dislocated hip.
Christine sought legal advice, and made a claim for bed sores compensation against the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust – the two Trusts responsible for managing care at the three hospitals.
In her claim for bed sores compensation, Christine claimed that staff and failed to take appropriate measures when the sores were first identified and that her subsequent injuries were due to a failure in care. Following an investigation into the allegations, the two NHS Trusts acknowledge their responsibility for allowing the bed sores to develop into a serious condition and issued an apology.
However, there was a breakdown in negotiations over how much compensation for bed sores Christine was entitled to, and the case was subsequently heard by Mr Justice Foskett at the High Court in London. At the hearing Mr Justice Foskett was told that Christine was expected to live into her 80s despite her paralysing condition, and would need round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.
Judge Foskett adjourned the hearing for calculations to be completed on Christine´s future care requirements but, speaking after the case, Christine´s solicitors estimated that the final settlement of her claim for bed sores compensation could be between £2 million and £3 million.Read More