Compensation Settlement for Fatal Lack of Care

The widow of a 60 year old man, who died in hospital after a routine operation, has agreed a five figure compensation settlement after Trafford Healthcare Trust admitted a lack of care in his case.

Chris Harper (60), formerly of Salford, Manchester, was a fit and active father of three when admitted to Trafford General Hospital in March 2007 for a routine hip operation. However, after the operation Chris started to experience pains in his side and chest, and a shortness of breath. Chris died one week later from a blood clot.

In the claim for medical negligence compensation against the hospital, it was alleged that staff were slow to respond to Chris’s complaints and also that he was not given specialist stockings to prevent blood clots. It was also alleged that Chris was not given any physiotherapy until three days after the operation, whereas post-operative support of this nature normally starts on the same day.

After a coroner’s inquest had returned a verdict of misadventure, Mrs. Harper sought legal advice and subsequently filed a claim for medical negligence. Trafford Healthcare Trust admitted that their lack of care had resulted in Chris’s death and the five figure settlement was agreed.