Hospital Fall

Mrs E & E are the daughter and granddaughter of the late Mr E, who sadly passed away following a fall sustained during his stay at hospital. Mr E was admitted to hospital with reduced appetite, weight loss, anaemia, liver masses and possible bladder lesions. During his stay, Mr E developed diarrhoea and was moved to an isolated room. It was in this room that Mr E fell, resulting in subdural bleeding and subsequently his death a few days later.

The hospital admitted that a risk assessment should have been done, which would have identified Mr E of being at a high risk of falling. We argued that Mr E should never have been placed alone and should have been attended to by staff at all times. This was denied by the hospital. Nevertheless, we achieved a settlement of £5,000 for Mrs and Mrs E.