01482 778 463

We're here to help 01482 778 463

CLAIM ONLINE
Hudgell Solicitors™ | Case Stories | Husband compensated after cancer sufferer died following fall from hospital trolley

Husband compensated after cancer sufferer died following fall from hospital trolley

Christine Carpenter


The husband of a cancer sufferer who died after falling from a hospital trolley after she was left alone for several hours has received a five-figure compensation payout.

Grandmother of 19 Christine Carpenter battled ovarian and peritoneal cancer over a 15-year period before she was told treatment had been unsuccessful and it had spread, becoming terminal.

After respite at East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley, she was admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary’s accident and emergency department on October 29 last year, as she needed a drip fitting due to being dehydrated.

Mrs Carpenter, 61, then fell from her hospital trolley and suffered a hip fracture, which required surgery on November 1.

But she then contracted an infection, which led to septicaemia and caused her death on December 10.

Now, after representation from medical negligence specialists Hudgell Solicitors, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospitals, has admitted Mrs Carpenter’s care fell below the level she was reasonably entitled to expect.

The trust also admitted causing the fracture.

An inquest into her death earlier this year heard no isolation beds were available during her stay in A&E and nurse numbers on the night were also 25 per cent less than recommended levels.

Mrs Carpenter’s husband, Paul, 58, of Market Weighton, said: “I stayed at the hospital with her until 1am on the night she fell off the trolley and she fell asleep.

“I specifically asked three staff to keep an eye on her because she was dehydrated and disorientated.

“They told me not to worry but they didn’t take any notice. If they had kept an eye on her, she wouldn’t have fallen out of the bed.

“When you are in hospital, you expect a certain level of care and she was going through enough with her cancer anyway. She was so poorly.

“When she broke her hip, she was in tears with the pain. I had to watch her suffer and it was heart-wrenching. I didn’t want her to suffer any more.”

Mr Carpenter said his wife, who passed away at Dove House Hospice in east Hull, “lived for her family”, which includes seven children, as well as 19 grandchildren.

He said: “She loved her children and her grandchildren, and going to car boot sales. She was the head of the family.

“She has left a big hole in our lives. We were married for 32 years.

“My solicitor, Lauren Dale, has kept in constant contact and kept me up to date all the time, and it’s been quite quick going through.

“No amount of compensation can change what has happened but I’m coping the best I can.”

Assistant Solicitor Lauren Dale said she was pleased Hudgell Solicitors secured a swift and positive outcome for Mr Carpenter following the loss of his wife.

She said: “It was clear from the beginning there were failings.

“Mr Carpenter warned the medical staff his wife would be disorientated and this was not acted upon.  Mrs Carpenter should have had cot sides up on the trolley at the very least.

“It was obviously a poor level of care that was provided on that occasion.

“The case has been dealt with swiftly, with the hospital’s legal team taking a practical approach.

“This has helped by not causing any unnecessary added distress to Mrs Carpenter’s family.”

The Author

author image

Lauren Dale

Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

ld@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk

Request a callback

Request a callback from a solicitor

 I am an existing client.









What Our Clients Think

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I would recommend this company to …

"I would recommend this company to anyone very helpful and quick they kept me up… "

Mrs Clare Kett

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Impeccable service and results

"Impeccable service and results, very informative & helpful, thank you for everything!"

Miss Isabelle Jowett

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Professional and helpful service

"Found the service and advice from my contact at Hudgell to be very professional and… "

Sue

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

1st class service …

"I can not fault them kepted me up to date with what was going on… "

Mr Mark Ward

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Thank you very much for your help with …

"Thank you very much for your help with sorting my case against London Police. Very… "

Mr Greg K.

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I found Hudgell Solicitors to be absolutel professionals

"I found Hudgell Solicitors to be professional from start to finish, helpful, approachable and honest… "

Vanessa T

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

genuine caring company honest and …

"genuine caring company honest and sincere I would recommend them highly"

customer

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very happy with the fast service I have …

"Very happy with the fast service I have received would 100% recommend and use again"

Mrs Gemma Welburn

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

i must say they have handled my case

"i must say they have handled my case, amazingly well!!!. i would very much recommend… "

Mr Fahad Ali

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

After starting my case with rapid …

"After starting my case with rapid solicitors, Hudgell took over the company, there was minimal… "

Mr Alan Scott Foster

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

My claim looked like it was going to be …

"My claim looked like it was going to be dragged out and the other party… "

shelley bond

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Great from start to finish.

"Great from start to finish. The staff are Very friendly professional and helpful and kept… "

Mr Darren Barnes

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

We have recently used Hudgell …for a negligence claim

"We have recently used Hudgell Solicitors for a negligence claim.The way that dealt with a… "

Mrs Rosemary Joynes

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Extremely professional and efficient

"Extremely professional and efficient. Every effort was made to guide us through the process and… "

SMK

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Good result although process was a …

"Good result although process was a little long winded considering the other party was totally… "

Mrs Elizabeth Ryan

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Ihad the need to use a solicitor i had …

"Ihad the need to use a solicitor i had never heard of HUDGELL SOLICITORS at… "

Tina Dridge

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I am satisfied,profesional service ,I …

"I am satisfied,profesional service ,I recommend to everyone."

Miss Stanislawa Szczubelek

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very good polite and fast service

"Very good polite and fast service"

Lesley Hubbard

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgell's did a good job

"Nasreen did a good job and Hudgell's were great throughout"

AJV2017

Rated 9.2 out of 10 based on 313 reviews

Powered by Trustpilot

© 2017 Hudgell Solicitors®. All Rights Reserved.

Hudgell Solicitors is a trading name of Neil Hudgell Limited | Director Dr. Neil Hudgell MA LLB (Hons) LLD | Registered in England No. 7078429 | Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority | SRA No. 521372 | VAT Registration No. 254 7802 90