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Hudgell Solicitors™ | Case Stories | Care home agrees damages settlement after allegations elderly dementia sufferer was ‘abandoned’

Care home agrees damages settlement after allegations elderly dementia sufferer was ‘abandoned’

Christine and daughter Kath


A family launched legal action against the operators of two care homes after 76-year-old Christina Bretton’s health deteriorated rapidly following admission.
She was diagnosed with an infection having developed a sore on the bottom of her back and one on her heel which was classed as a Grade 4 – indicating that it was in need of immediate treatment due to the extent of tissue damage.
She was also found to be severely dehydrated after being taken to hospital from the care home.

Legal Process

Hudgell Solicitors’ medical negligence and care home neglect claims specialist Michelle Tebbutt represented the family of Mrs Bretton and, after investigations into the care provided, alleged that the initial care home she had been placed had not been suitably equipped to care for a resident with dementia.
It was alleged that Mrs Bretton was not assessed as being at a high risk of dehydration or nutritional loss, and that staff failed to intervene when it became obvious she was not eating and drinking sufficient amounts.

It was also alleged the pressure sores had developed in her short time in the care homes.

Settlement

A five figure damages settlement was agreed out of court with the home operators admitting to breaching their duty of care to Mrs Bretton

Client comment

“The poor care provided to my mother upset and angered me, but the lack of answers and accountability afterwards made matters worse. We didn’t feel we were getting any answers and mum was being let down by the system. It was then that our dad decided to instruct a solicitor. It seemed the only way of holding them properly to account.” – Kathryn Bretton

Hudgell Solicitors comment

“This case serves as a clear example of how care home residents need dedicated, committed, stimulating and appropriate care, and although nothing can turn back the clock, we were pleased to secure admissions that the standard of care provided was not good enough.” – Solicitor Michelle Tebbutt

 

The Author

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Michelle Tebbutt

Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

mtt@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk

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