A hospital bed sores claim for compensation could be resolved for millions of pounds after a hearing at the High Court in London.
The case concerns sixty-one years old Christine Reaney who, in 2008, developed the rare spinal cord condition – myelitis – which paralysed her from the chest down. Christine, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, underwent long spells of treatment for the condition at three Staffordshire hospitals between December 2008 and October 2009, during which time she developed hospital bed sores.
Despite being first identified in January 2009, the hospital bed sores became more severe and were responsible for Christine sustaining a bone marrow infection, contracting her leg muscles and causing the dislocation of her hip.
After speaking with a solicitor, Christine made a hospital bed sores claim for 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 Cannock Chase Hospital, the Stafford Hospital and the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary.
In her hospital bed sores compensation claim, Christine alleged that medical staff at the three hospitals failed to take appropriate measures when the bed sores were first identified and that the subsequent deterioration of her condition was due to a failure in care.
The two NHS Trusts acknowledge their responsibility for the deterioration in Christine´s health, but Christine´s solicitor could not reach an agreement with the two NHS Trust over how much compensation for hospital bed sores Christine was entitled to.
Consequently the case went to the High Court in London where it was heard by Mr Justice Foskett. At the hearing Judge Foskett was told that Christine would need between £2 million and £3 million to pay for her future care and accommodation needs as she was expected to live into her 80s despite her paralysing condition.
Judge Foskett adjourned the hospital bed sores claim in order that financial calculations can be completed for Christine´s care needs.