When vulnerable people are placed under the supervision of carers in the community you expect them to be looked after with a duty of care and consideration.
So when our client passed away at home whilst carers were by his bedside, questions about the levels of care and attention he received were immediately asked.
Now, although the inquest concluded that he died from natural causes, and didn’t attach any blame on those involved in his care, we’ve helped the family secure £2,000 compensation for the negligence they believe the carers displayed.
Our client passed away on December 19 2010.
The previous evening he was at a party where he enjoyed a few drinks. When he returned home his carer commented in a conversation with his parents that he appeared drunk, but was okay and just needed to sleep it off.
However, his condition deteriorated and at 3am carers alerted his parents that he was frothing at the mouth and extremely cold. When they arrived at the house, his mother called for an ambulance and attempted to resuscitate him. The paramedics who arrived at the scene took over attempts to resuscitate but he had already passed away.
In the months after our client’s death, his parents were concerned about the attention he received from his carers, alleging that they too may have been drinking and that one of them may have fallen asleep at our client’s bedside whilst caring for him.
Although the inquest concluded death by natural causes, and apportioned no blame, his parents approached us for advice and support.
Senior Solicitor Nick Stojanovic, who handled the case, comments: “This was an extremely traumatic time for the family and they clearly had questions which they needed to be answered. We are pleased to have been able to reach a settlement for them in respect of the negligence they believe their son may have suffered.”