15 October 2008
Family to sue over alleged clinical negligence
The family of a man who died as a result of a blood clot has revealed it is to seek compensation from the hospital that treated him over alleged clinical negligence.
Gerald Brooks was recovering from a broken ankle in July 2006 when he developed a blood clot in his leg, the Bath Chronicle reports.
He arrived at Bath's Royal United Hospital (RUH) with a note from his doctor saying he was suffering from the signs of deep vein thrombosis, a condition which usually occurs in the legs.
According to a jury at a recent inquest, doctors at the hospital failed to follow procedures and delayed administering a blood-thinning drug to prevent blood clots.
Mr Brooks' widow Maurine stated: "It's crazy to think he died of a broken ankle. The RUH failed him. The hospital is the place you go to when you are at your most ill and vulnerable. There is just no excuse."
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