06 October 2011
Nisha Sharma: another pressure sores case brings family anguish
I am acting for yet another family who have lost a loved one due neglect causing pressure sores.
Rosina Casey from Dagenham in Essex died after she developed septicaemia from a urinary tract infection, believed to have been brought on by pressure sores which were treated incorrectly by staff at King George Hospital.
The 86-year-old grandmother-of-four was first admitted to the Essex hospital in March 2009 where she developed five pressure sores, although no formal care plan was put in place to treat them until three days after they were first noted. She had previously resided in a care home where pressure sores were kept at bay. Even when the sores were noted, appropriate treatment was not forthcoming.
Mrs Casey was subsequently rushed into A&E with a urinary tract infection (UTI) and died shortly afterwards. The cause of death was recorded as 1a Septicaemia from a urinary tract infection (UTI).
An investigation by the Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Adults Board into Mrs Casey’s care concluded that on the balance of probabilities the pressure sores would have been a contributing factor to the UTI.Nisha Sharma is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.