The widow of a 60 year old man, who died in hospital after a routine operation, has agreed a five figure fatal lack of care compensation settlement after Trafford Healthcare Trust admitted a lack of care in his case.
Chris Harper (60), formerly of Salford, Manchester, was a healthy father of three when admitted to Trafford General Hospital in March 2007 for a routine hip operation. However, after the procedure Chris started to experience pains in his side and chest, and a shortness of breath. Chris passed away one week later from a blood clot.
In the legal claim for medical negligence compensation against the hospital, it was alleged that staff were slow to respond to Chris’s complaints and also that he was not given specialist stockings to prevent blood clots. It was also claimed that Chris was not given any physiotherapy until three days after the operation, whereas post-operative support of this nature normally starts on the same day.
After a coroner’s inquest had returned a verdict of misadventure, Mrs. Harper sought legal counsel and subsequently filed a claim for medical negligence. Trafford Healthcare Trust accepted that their lack of care had resulted in Chris’s death and the five figure settlement was agreed.