11 May 2009
Compensation may be sought after man suffers head injuries
Bosses at a Yorkshire hospital may be facing a bid for compensation after an elderly patient suffered serious head injuries in a fall.
Len Conway had attended an appointment at an osteoarthritis clinic in Barnsley Hospital when the accident occurred.
The 84-year-old was carrying 28 prescribed nutritional drinks when he fell 20 feet down a new escalator, fracturing his skull as a result, the Yorkshire Post reports.
Due to the impact, which also caused him to break his cheekbone, he required stitches in his face, ear, legs, hands and under his tongue.
Commenting on the fall, his daughter Carole said: "His mouth and tongue were lacerated and blood was pouring out of his face. He had two mangled hands and there was a big hole in his arm. We thought he may need plastic surgery."
She is considering seeking compensation on her behalf of her father, who now requires full-time care.
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is headquartered on Gawber Road in Barnsley, confirmed that the Health and Safety Executive was investigating the incident.
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